To submit site sitemap to major search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines is free and easy unlike the general belief of many beginners who think they have to pay to get their site submitted to search engines.
Creating a website is great but it doesn’t end there because if you intend to make the best out of your new website, you will have to inform search engines like Google or other major search engines that you now have a presence on the Web. That is to say, you will let Google, Bing, Yahoo and co. know that your website exists. That is why it is important to submit site and verify your blog with these major search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. as soon as you are done creating your blog.
In this tutorial we are going to take a look at what a sitemap is and how we are going to submit site to search engines that is, informing these search engines that we now have our presence online and thereby getting some amount of traffics from search engines. Am going to make this tutorial as easy and straight forward as possible just as we do here on Blog and Tech Life, it will be so easy even a dummy will be able to relate with us, lol….. But I know u are not a dummy, which makes it even better.
What is a sitemap?
For those who don’t know what sitemap is and why we need to submit our sitemap to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Let just say in a simple language, a Sitemap is an XML file which have links to all the posts, pages and images on your blog. This sitemap assists crawlers to find all the URLs of your blog, crawl and index them. There are several plugins like Google XML sitemap plugin and WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast which can be used to generate your site sitemap. These plugins automatically update our sitemap whenever we publish new post. So you don’t need to resubmit a new sitemap every time you publish a new post.
Submitting your sitemap to search engines is a way of telling search engine bots what you want them to see or what you want them to display in the search result whenever someone searches for your blog in the search engine.
You can checkout this detailed article about sitemaps on Wikipedia am sure that will give you a clearer explanation in case you are struggling to understand mine.
For an effective and quick crawling of your website by search engine bots, it is strongly advised to have your sitemap file link at the footer of your website.
Now that we know what a sitemap is and why we need to submit sitemap to search engines, I guess the next question is – how do we generate a sitemap?
How to generate a Sitemap for your WordPress website
You can actually generate sitemaps in different ways. For example, if you are running a WordPress site, you can generate sitemaps using some plugins and a very good example of such plugin is called Yoast SEO or another good alternative which is Google XML Sitemap plugin.
There are different types of offline software and many online tools you can use to generate sitemap for static websites.
For the purpose of this post, I will generate sitemap using the Yoast SEO plugin, which is easy by the way.
The first thing to do is to download and install Yoast SEO plugin on your WordPress blog. After the installation, activate the plugin and click on SEO >> XML Sitemaps which you can locate at the left panel of your WordPress dashboard. Ensure you Enable the XML Sitemap functionality and click on the XML Sitemap button.
A window just like the screenshot bellow will open.
This is what your site sitemap will look like, you can click on any of the links to see more links under it. If you click on post sitemap for example (which will look like this http://www.yoursitename.com/post-sitemap.xml) all the links of the blog post in your blog will appear.
Now you know how to generate a sitemap for your blog, all you have to do now is to copy that sitemap and head over to Google Webmaster Tool and submit that sitemap to Google search console.
Submit site Sitemaps to Google Search console
In order to submit site to Google search console, assuming that you have already verified your blog in Google search console. You need to log into your Google Webmaster Tool dashboard because that is where the magic will be happening.
Inside your Webmaster Tool dashboard, on the left side of your screen you will see an option called “Sitemaps”. Click on it to see all submitted sitemaps of your blog which has been submitted either by you or by someone in your team (that is, if you are running a blog which is managed by more than one person) but if no sitemap has been submitted then you won’t see any submitted sitemap. You can also submit a sitemap from there.
Click on “ADD/TEST SITEMAP” button at the top right corner of your screen to submit the sitemap we copied earlier in this post when we just created the sitemap.
You can choose to submit separate sitemaps for your images and videos. If you are submitting a sitemap for a new blog, it takes some time for your blog to be indexed on Google. On the same page, you can see the details about how many of your post, video, URLs, pages, has been submitted and how many has been indexed by Google. Bellow is a screenshot of indexed files on Blog and Tech Life.
Also Read: How to configure Yoast SEO plugin
Now that you know how to submit your WordPress site to Google Search console for indexing of your blog. I would like to know if you have taken the steps to verifying and submitting your site to Google.
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