Google’s John Mueller posted on Reddit that he agrees, that HTML sitemaps should not worthwhile for SEO functions. He mentioned “I agree. In terms of SEO … for small websites, your website ought to be crawlable anyway (and when you’re utilizing a standard CMS, it’s going to virtually all the time be high quality) & for big websites, they are not going to be helpful anyway (use sitemaps, use regular cross-linking, verify with a crawler of your selection).”
For customers, that’s one other factor he mentioned. He wrote “Do they make sense for customers? I assume it is a good sign that your regular navigation & in-site search are dangerous if folks find yourself going to your HTML sitemap pages :).”
Old fashioned SEOs ceaselessly have mentioned HTML sitemaps is a vital half for SEO.
However the fact is, if Google can not crawl your small website online by way of your regular navigation, then you definately acquired greater points. And most websites present XML sitemaps for search engines. However as you possibly can see from John above, giant or small websites, it appears HTML sitemaps do not actually offer you a price add for SEO or rating functions.
In 2016, John did downplay the significance of HTML sitemaps however in 2009 Matt Cutts mentioned HTML sitemaps come first. Instances have modified?
Discussion board dialogue at Reddit.