Take nothing but pictures
Leave nothing but footprints

If you build it, they will come

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.

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