a text link site map

Ok.. I have a site with some outbound links that vary on different pages.  They are text links (yes.. I have some graphic links but for the most part they are internal links).  what is meant by a

text link site map?  Would this be a list of all links on the entire site placed somewhere? a summary of the site's outbound links??  if not, I guess I am confused.

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linqueAsked:
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duzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
linque -

Site maps are just that, pages of text links mapping the site.  Here are three examples http://www.google.com/sitemap.html , http://finance.yahoo.com/sm and http://moneycentral.msn.com/help/sitemap.asp

They are used to provide the visitor with an understanding of a websites structure and (importantly for SEO) to make it easy for the SE bots to crawl the site.  It is essential to have a site map if the website uses some form of navigation for users that the SE bots can't follow, like certain Flash buttons for example.

It is best practise to have a site map on any site that is more than a few pages.

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linqueAuthor Commented:
Well.. yes..  I understand about a site map for the website.  I thought this was something special about outbound text links and I could not see where mention of a sitemap fit into a discussion about outbound links.  I was wondering if it was some other sort of "site map"
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duzCommented:
linque -

>I could not see where mention of a sitemap fit into a discussion about outbound links

Neither could I but humeniuk is a very conscientious expert and sometimes includes additional information in his answers to help questioners as much as possible.

- duz
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linqueAuthor Commented:
ok thanks duz:  I was just being my usual confused self ;)  

and it is ALWAYS appreciated to have any additional help.  I just couldn't see the forest for the trees
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