Is it really necessary to include a root (homedir) of the site to the sitemap? As I can understand the sitemaps main idea - it is not any necessary. Am I right?

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    Are you referring to an XML sitemap?
    – MrWhite
    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:26
  • @w3d, yes, that's right. Was it a necessary clarification? Is there any other types of sitemaps? Feb 24, 2014 at 8:28
  • Well, one would assume an XML sitemap, however, if you take your question literally you could be referring to an HTML sitemap and you have tagged your question with the more general sitemap tag, as opposed to xml-sitemap.
    – MrWhite
    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:31
  • Oh! You're right, @w3d! I didn't think about HTML sitemap. I made the necessary changes to the tags section of my question. Feb 24, 2014 at 8:37

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It is not necessary since it is going to be indexed anyway. Although, It is always good idea to be thorough. And including one more link/page on the sitemap is not difficult.

Remember, the idea of the sitemap is to tell the crawler that you want those pages crawled, plus some other information to help the crawler save some work and also keep your site fresh on the index. That doesn't mean that it's going to index all of them or that only those are the ones tha are going to be indexed, there are algorithms working there that will try to index every indexable page on the site.

  • Including the site root might be useful for the Sitemaps report within GWT?
    – MrWhite
    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:40

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