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Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a form of marketing. SEO seeks to be seen by the various search engines in the hustle and bustle of the internet. By doing so, the chance of getting traffic (visitors to a website) is increased. There are several basic SEO techiques and tools. The most basic is to submit a sitemap to the major search engines (namely Google, MSN and Yahoo). Other SEO techniques include submission to directories, article directories, link building or building back links and harnessing the social media.

Submitting a sitemap to a search engine is more than just submitting a URL. The sitemap is also not the normal sitemap that aid a visitor in navigation around the website. The SEO sitemaps are a convenient for search engines to pick up all the URLs in the website. The basic SEO sitemap is an XML file that lists all the URLs and information such as when each URL was last updated, how often it usually changed, and the relative importance of the URL in the website.
To generate a SEO sitemap, you can use the tool provided by Yahoo (site Explorer) or MSN (Bing) under the webmaster tool.