The title for this post is stolen mercilessly from the film Field of Dreams but is equally appropriate when building any kind of website or blog.
Search engines bots/spiders all need a little help in finding their way around your site and creating an index of all your pages – whether it’s Google, Bing, Yahoo! or any of the others.
The easiest way to help the search engines do this is to give them a site map to follow and there’s a great free plugin for WordPress that does just this – Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator.
You can find the WordPress Plugin page here but of course the easiest way to install it is straight from your dashboard.
In little over a month I already have 130 search results on Google for this blog and I’m certain that wouldn’t have been the case had I not installed this plugin.
If you’re planning a ‘plugin lite’ blog then this should definitely be one of the plugins you install.