Build and Submit a Sitemap to Google For Indexing
In this post, I will teach you how to build a sitemap and make it available to google search engine using this simple method.
Do you have a wordpress blog and you want people to find your pages in search results?. Don’t worry I have a solution for you.
Indexing your pages in search results is always important and it helps people find your business in search listings.
One of the benefits of submitting a sitemap to google is to optimize your pages for rankings and also get traffic back to your website.
Now our main focus in this post is on how to build a sitemap and submitting the site to google for indexing.
Building Your Sitemap
First of all, you will have to decide which of your pages on your blog should be crawled and indexed by google, and determine the canonical version of each page.
Next, choose which of these sitemap formats you would like to use. You can also manually create your own sitemap or select from a list of third-party tools to create the sitemap for you.
Make sure your sitemap is available to google search engine by adding it to robots.txt file in blogger or directly submitting it to google search console.
|robots.text file for blogger|
If you have a wordpress site then it is much easier to create your sitemap.
So which sitemap formats are accepted by google?.
- Google supports several sitemap formats.
- It expects the standard sitemap protocol in all formats.
- It also does not currently consume the <priority> attribute in sitemaps.
All formats limit a single sitemap to 50MB (uncompressed) and 50,000 URLs. If you have a larger file or more URLs, then you will have to break your list into multiple sitemaps.
You can optionally create a sitemap index file (a file that points to a list of sitemaps) and submit that single index file to google. You can also submit multiple sitemap files as well.
Here is a basic XML sitemap that includes the location of a single URL: You can find more complex examples and full documentation at sitemaps.org.
Using The Search Console
It also measures your website’s search traffic and performance, fix issues, and makes your site shine in search results.
The search console helps create a sitemap of your website and submits it to google in seconds.
Submitting your sitemap for Indexing
Submitting your sitemap to google for indexing requires a few simple steps, just follow the guidelines below.
Here are the steps:
- Login to google search console.
- On the dashboard you’ll see two options, adding a property by domain and url prefix. Select the first option and enter your website domain name then click on continue. Check the full verification procedure here.
- Now after adding a property click on the menu and select your domain name.
- On the left navigation, choose sitemap and then enter this /sitemap.xml after the domain.
- Click on submit to start the process.
This will eventually create the sitemap automatically for you and submit it at the same time. Wait a few more days for the search console to index your pages.
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