Outside the similarity of the word “Map” in both, the terms have to be understood to be quite different in definition/useage. They do both however, involve the similarity of organizing information, but in quite different ways.
So, to the subject, I would like to point out a few features of both.
A Sitemap is a File where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google or another search engine, where you are regarding the organization of your site. A Sitemap format is in XML (or, Extensible Mark Up Language) and is designed to describe or display data.
What could be a reason that a Sitemap is being used by a Webmaster?
- A site which is very large may make it difficult for the web crawlers to find or see updated content.
- Webmasters may use rich content, such as Ajax, Silverlight or Flash that is not normally processed by search engines.
- When a Website has few external links.
- Some areas of a website may not be available through a browsable (I think that could be a word) interface.
To QUOTE Wikipedia “Sitemaps supplement and do not replace the existing crawl-based mechanisms that search engines already use to discover URLs. Using this protocol does not guarantee that web pages will be included in search indexes, nor does it influence the way that pages are ranked in search results. For example:
- Google – Webmaster Support on Sitemaps: “Google doesn’t guarantee that we’ll crawl or index all of your URLs. However, we use the data in your Sitemap to learn about your site’s structure, which will allow us to improve our crawler schedule and do a better job crawling your site in the future. In most cases, webmasters will benefit from Sitemap submission, and in no case will you be penalized for it.”
So, in the event you would like to pursue further the submission of your Sitemap to Google you can paste the following address to your browser.
Confirming of course that each search engine, Yahoo, Bing, etc. uses it’s own protocol.
A Mind Map on the other hand, is a diagram showing a visual relationship to ideas, images and thoughts.
A Mind Map usually starts with a central point where connected thought, words, tasks or images are organized around that, and then branch out from there.
From my point of view, a Mind Map could for example, be particularly useful for the construction of a website.
Logically, in order to construct your site, you have to have basic knowledge of how you want it to look!
If you are choosing a theme you must know what the theme will support.
Some themes will only support one header, some two headers, some three headers and if necessary a footnote header. Not all themes will support that many headers. You will need to know whether it is important to have drop down menus as part of the style. Many themes can be customized and come as close as possible to what a webmaster desires with plugins and widgets but that is not always the case.
In fact certain themes may be categorized to be particularly adaptable for Business, Photography or Fashion, etc.
The Mind Map will allow you to specify ahead of time what you need, and then check the theme “Demo” to verify what the theme is capable of.
If properly executed the Mind Map will require you to decide what your Domain Name is and what Platform it is to be Hosted on. The further the Mind Map is completed or filled out, with all or most of the important questions, the easier it will be to set up the site.
So let’s understand that a Mind Map can be done simply on paper by hand, or can be set up with software providing templates.
Below is a general idea of how a Mind Map may look for Breakfast planning.
Click Here for further Images of how Mind Maps are being used.
You can do the same for your website and decide what you need and what is important. Construct a helpful schematic so to speak.
A few software sites to check out with Mind Map information are:
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