Search engine optimization is on a very advanced level today. Yes, the core of it is still unique and engaging content but that’s worth little if you neglect other aspects of SEO. One of the important parts are sitemaps. This is why this article will discuss how to submit sitemap to Google and other search engines.
What Is A Sitemap?
Quite simply, it is a file containing all the URLs that exist on your website. It used to be an HTML file but today it is usually in XML format. Sitemaps make much easier for Google to index all the pages of your website and get the structure of your website the right way. This is why you need to know how to submit sitemap to Google and other search engines.
Making A Sitemap
You have numerous tools for creating a sitemap, so there is no need to do it manually. If you have WordPress installed, you can use one of the numerous free plugins. If not, there are other online sitemaps generators that will get you through this process quickly. Once you have your sitemaps ready, let’s move on to the next step.
How To Submit Sitemap To Google And Other Search Engines?
One of the ways is to install a plugin and let it do this automatically for you. If you have WordPress, Yoast SEO is a great helping tool for this and other areas of optimization. However, if you want to do it manually, you need to sign up to Google webmaster tools.
First, upload your sitemap to the root folder of your website. Should look something like www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml. Once you have done this, simply log in and find the sitemaps section of the dashboard. Click on Add/Test Sitemaps and enter the URL to your sitemap.
The process is very similar for other search engines that allow websites. Log in to their webmaster tools part of the website (for example, Bing Master Center for Yahoo and Bing search engines) and submit a sitemap. As simple as that. Just note that not all search engines allow submitting of your sitemaps.