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I have a website with about 50,000 pages.   Each is in the process of being fully optimized,.
I am researching the best way to produce the best sitemap with the best updating.
attracta.com is one of the biggest in the field and seems to offer a good selection of packages.
any thoughts and/or suggestions please?
Also how important is it to have an html sitemap as well as an xml?
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There are a number of free tools online/downloadable to produce a sitemap - search Google
There is a three click rule
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-click_rule
Your users should be able to get to any content quickly and easily i.e. they shouldn't have to click through 10 pages to get to the page they want
HTML sitemaps are supposed to make this easy to do because the visitor can instantly see all areas of your site and click through to it in one click.
Also it helps search engines to map your site better regardless of the sitemap.xml and helps seo if pages are accessible by no more than 3 levels deep.

As for attracta.com - if the field you are in is highly competitive then it won't matter what this company does. It's easy enough to get a local company listed locally as competition is likely not high. If you are targeting globally then you may be throwing money down the drain expecting another company to get you listed on the first page.
There is nothing they can do that you cannot do your self by having a good, well organised site with lots of content and good on page SEO practices.
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Are you sure all of your 50 000 pages are crawlable?

In my opinion building a sitemap should be something not relying in crawlability as that is the way that the bots will get your content.

If you have the technical skills try to develop or install a software that dumps all your page links directly from your CMS database. If possible with rules for automatic categorization and prioritization by page URL patterns. Does attracta.com ease that process?

I only have XML files and I don´t see a point for the redundancy.
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Hi gary
Thanks.   as usual pertinent, concise and authoritative resply.
Regards
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