How To Create a XML Sitemap and Submit To Search Engine
What is XML Sitemap?
A sitemap allows a webmaster to informs search engines for a new web pages or updates are available for crawling about URL. An XML sitemap can contain all your web pages, categories, images, videos and posts along with paths. The XML also contains some addition information about URL such as.
- How often the URL is changed.
- The last time the URL was updated.
- How important of the URL relative to the other pages on the site
Five Reason Why Sitemap Are Important
1) It provides a structured format which is appropriate for a Search Engine.
2) Sitemap helps googles bot or other search engine mechanism to crawling your new updates.
3) It reduces the chances of error regarding search engine indexing.
4) An XML sitemap is a document that helps Google and other major search engines better understand your website while crawling it.
5) Sitemaps are a useful tool for making sites built in Flash and other non-HTML languages searchable.
How To Generate A Sitemap for A Website
The creating XML sitemap is very easy. There are so many sites available that are creating a sitemap for free such as xml-sitemaps.com. However, if you are WordPress user I recommend you create your sitemap with Yost plugin. It is most easy and reliable way Creating and submitting a sitemap.
Create a Sitemap With Yost Plugin
i) Go to your WordPress account and install Yost Plugin but if you are already installed Yost plugin. Then Go to SEO on your Dashboard sidebar and click on XML Sitemap.
ii) Toggle the switch to ‘Enabled’. The screen automatically expands with additional options for the sitemaps. Customise your sitemap using the newly displayed tabs.
iii) Click ‘Save Changes’ to activate XML Sitemaps.
iv) Now, Click on XML Sitemap Button . A new tab is open in your web browser with XML sitemap URL, copy the URL. Now submits your sitemap.
Submit Your Sitemap in Google Webmaster tools
i) Login at your webmaster tools with google account
ii) Click on your website. Once your website Dashboard is open, Go to the Crawl and Click on Sitemaps.
iii) Click on ADD/TEST SITEMAP. You can test your sitemap before submission. To ensure that is working or not. Now past the URL generated by Yost and Click on Submit Button.
iv) Now Refresh the page. As you see Current Status is pending it will take time. When Next time googles bot will index your site it will activate.
Submit Your Sitemap in Bing Webmaster Tools
i) Login at your webmaster tools with Microsoft account
ii) Click on your website. Once your website Dashboard is open, Go to the Configure My Site and Click on Sitemaps
iii) Now copy full XML sitemap URL generated by Yost and Past it into the blank box
iv) Click on Submit button. As you see Current Status is pending it will take time.
Now you sitemap successful created and submitted to google and bing webmaster tools for better search engine crawling. If you have any problem regarding this issues. You can write here by using our comment form we will help you to solve the problem.