Sitemaps and Robots.txt? You may be wondering what are those terms and what they have to do with your website. The answer is easy, you need these two features if you want to improve your search engine ranking.
Robot txt is simple text file that is placed in your website's root directory to tell the search engines which pages can be indexed and which to skip. If the search engine spiders can skip the pages that are not considered important (Ex. Printable versions of pages, pdf files) then your website gets a better opportunity to have the most valuable pages indexed by the search engine.
With that being said, let's explore what a sitemap is. Sitemaps are a powerful tool, but like any other power tool, a little training and background information on how it works will help you use this tool to its full potential.