I am creating a site map for a website.I have recently come to know that instead of site map I can give footer links.So I am confused whether to have a site map or footer links or both.Can anyone suggest me? (considering both Search engine optimization and users navigation)


Adding a sitemap will not damage your website. Even with a good set of footer links it's good practice to submit your sitemap to Google et al.

Considering user navigation though I must say a good footer can prove a real good tool to show users what's what and how to find it. A footer isn't a sitemap though, just a summary usually. So why not add both?

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When you submit sitemap to google - googlebot will visit your site more frequenly, and when you create new site it will index it sooner.