XML Sitemap helps search engine crawlers to crawl your site and index the URLs. Similarly mobile XML sitemaps or Google sitemap (mobile) helps webmaster to submit their mobile site URL to Google and other search engines. This will help search engines to index the content that supports mobile devices. This will also help you to increase the traffic to your site and readership.
Earlier day’s people used WML to create mobile version of their site but now XHTML Basic and XHTML MP are preferred choices. XHTML ((eXtensible HyperText Markup Language) is extended versions of the HTML markup language. XHTML makes HTML more extensible and increase interoperability with other data formats because these XHTML documents are well formed and can be parsed using standard XML parsers.
These valid documents (XHTML, WML or cHTML) will mostly render correctly on more mobile devices.Since the number of users accessing internet from mobile handsets is increasing every day, it is important to serve the mobile version of your online content. We have discussed this in few of our discussions earlier. If you are a WordPress user you can easily create mobile version of your blog or website. Other websites can easily setup the mobile version and serve the appropriate content to your mobile users.
- How to Create Mobile Version of Your Website or Blog?
- Best WordPress Mobile Plugins to Create Mobile Version of Blog
- Be Mobile Friendly: Create Mobile Version of Website or Blog
For Blogger blogs you can enable the Blogger mobile template to make them mobile friendly.
Once you have created mobile version of your site, you can validate them. There are many tools available to validate your mobile site.
W3C Mobile-friendly XHTML Validator and Mobile-readiness checker are two popular tools to check your mobile sites.
Google mobile Sitemap Generator Tools and Sitemap Structure
Once validated you can create Mobile XML sitemap manually or using some tools.
Mobile Sitemaps contain both core Sitemap elements and elements specific to Mobile. For example the following represents a sample mobile XML sitemap.
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:mobile="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-mobile/1.0"> <url> <loc>https://www.globinch.com/top-50-ways-to-increase-traffic-to-blog-and-website/</loc> <mobile:mobile/> </url> </urlset>
Please see the XML namespace and mobile sitemap schema namespace location in the above example. The <mobile:mobile/>tag is very important. This is the mobile site URL indicator in the XML sitemap file.
You can view the schema definition of mobile sitemap.
Depends on your website platform and you can create Mobile XML sitemaps. For WordPress based sites there is a plugin Google XML Sitemap for Mobile that generates Google Mobile Sitemap.
For other websites you can use tools like XML Sitemap Generator from Microsys.
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Comment on “Mobile XML Sitemap and Google mobile Sitemap Generator Tools”
thanks for simple and clear explanation. My question is: do I need to add 1.0 in my mobile sitemap after each url? Some mobile sites have it, some don't have. Thanks