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I'm wondering whether it's worth the effort to create a sitemap for a single-page site.

By single page I'm not talking about a webapp made with Angular or Backbone, just a presentation site/page which has navigation links that link to sections within that particular page.

For example:

<a href="#aboutus">About Us</a>
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I'm assuming you're referring to an XML Sitemap? If so, then no - the sole purpose of an XML sitemap is to facilitate in the discovery (for indexation) of URLs/Pages. So if you only have one page, then there's no point. If you're worried about being found by search engines, you can either link to your page (from another site, or a twitter/Google+ page), register your domain with webmaster tools (either Bing or Google).

On the off-chance you were referring to an HTML sitemap, then no - your single-page site becomes a two page site, and you only have internal fragment (hash) links on your main-page anyway.

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I agree, but there's a point: how could you inform Google about the crawling rate without a sitemap? – user47243 Dec 18 '14 at 11:39
You would usually inform Google about the crawl rate with robots.txt or through you Google Webmaster Tools account. A sitemap has no crawl rate controls. For a single page site, it isn't going to matter anyway. Googlebot isn't going to fetch a single page frequently enough to put any sort of load on your server. – Stephen Ostermiller Dec 18 '14 at 11:54

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