Will Search Engines Crawl Your Website without Sitemaps

Last Updated: 20 October, 2016
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Sitemap is an index to your website just like an index page in a book. We heard from SEO experts saying that submitting sitemaps to search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, and other search engines is mandatory to increase your online presence. Yes, I accept the fact that it helps search engines to index your site quickly.

Do Sitemaps really needed?

However, it doesn’t mean that sitemaps are the only gateway to your site. The search engines are now very smart that it has the ability to crawl your website even if you haven’t submitted any sitemaps in the first place. The search engines algorithm is designed such a way that it can access quality content from billions of website hosted out there.

To put it in a simpler way, bloggers and webmasters should concentrate on writing good quality content with targeted keywords. The rest will be taken care by search engines. If you don’t want to be indexed by search engines, you must place the below Meta tag into the head section of the pages.

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>

You can also block search engines from crawling your website using the robots.txt file. You can set wildcard matching the search bot calling Disallow function. The Disallow code for Google bot:

User-agent: Googlebot


For all search engines in common:

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

However, sitemaps are a must for sites that don’t have proper linking and structure. Sitemaps have nothing to do with traffic, rankings, and other SEO factors.

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