Google has released some webmaster tools, including one that allows us to create a list of the pages within our site, rank them in the order of importance and specify the frequency in which those sections will be updated. This is then saved as an XML file and stored on the web site. Google can then read it and see which content it should check regularly, and which content it should check less regularly. This helps keep the web site more relevant to search engines.
A module has been written to automatically create sitemaps. However, the Drupal 6 version is still under development; it is certainly worth keeping an eye on (http://drupal.org/project/xmlsitemap).
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