Sitemaps Series – Part 4 Of Mobile Sitemaps

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We all know the extent and reach of mobile phones. Given the iPhone 5 launch, the exciting features that the Windows 8 OS plans to bring to various phones and let’s not forget the Android being launched in more phones than I can keep a tab of! The number of Smartphone users has increased dramatically worldwide over the last two years! Samsung and Apple more or less dominate the Smartphone market.

Being a website owner, it is more important now than ever to ensure that your website is mobile friendly. And once you do that; you have to make sure that Google is aware of the fact that you have specific URLs/sections for mobile users!

So, how do you go about creating a mobile sitemap?
A mobile sitemap uses all the usual tags of a normal sitemap and a mobile specific tag with an additional namespace requirement. Let’s look at a very simple example of what a mobile sitemap looks like -

Sitemap Code

  1. This line is the additional namespace required to tell Google that this is a mobile sitemap:
  2. This is where you specify the URL of the mobile specific pages
  3. This element tells Google that it is a mobile specific URL – <mobile:mobile/>

And that is about it! Super simple to remember!

Here is an example of a mobile sitemap –

A couple of things to remember -

  1. Ensure that your sitemap generator has provision to create mobile sitemaps
  2. Ensure that this sitemap only contains URLs for mobiles. Non mobile URLs will be ignored by crawlers

And that’s it!

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  1. We are creating a mobile website for one of our clients with dynamic pages and hence it was different from that of the desktop version.

    Thus a mobile sitemap becomes even more important. Thanks for the tips. Really useful.

  2. Hey,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this post, my client was jumping on my head for getting this done, you have simplified this for me. Thanks again

  3. A beautifully written post, I was looking for exactly this information, could not find it anywhere else. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I would say it’s very strange not to have a mobile specific website these days. With more than half of the population accessing the internet thru a mobile device, it’s shocking that this still isn’t in vogue for the most part.

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