When we create a website, an issue comes in front of everyone, how to get the site listed in the Google search engine (sitemap).
Whenever I talk to newbies who do not know how search engines work. They think that they will have to pay Google or any other search engines to get their website listed in search engines. But in reality, this is not true. You can show your website in Google search for free. You only have to do one thing and that is to help Google find your blog.
In this guide, I will talk in detail about submitting the website to Google search console. (How to submit your blog to Google sitemap – 2019)
Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tool.) It is a free tool with which you can control your website from the perspective of the search engine.
First, we have to understand what a sitemap file is, and why it is important to submit it to search engines.
What is a sitemap?
A Sitemap is an XML file that contains your blog’s URLs. This file helps crawlers find all the URLs of your blog. A crawler follows many aspects of your site. Like the size of your website’s sitemap and how many URLs are there in the sitemap. A sitemap is a complete index of your blog, which you want to show to search engine bots. This wiki article on the sitemap will tell you about its technical and historical details.
Or just say that a sitemap file contains all the URLs of your blog and you submit this file to search engines so that they can know about all the pages of your blog. Search engine bots follow sitemap files to crawl and index your website.
To generate a sitemap file for a normal website, we will use an online sitemap generator and submit it to the webmaster tool provided by Google and Bing. At the same time, we will use plugins for WordPress blogs so that after publishing a new post, it will always automatically update our sitemap. In this way, every time you publish a new article, you will not have to submit a new sitemap again and again.
You can generate a sitemap by using WordPress blogger SEO by Yoast plugin.
It is a good practice to keep a link to your sitemap file in the footer of your website so that search engine bots can find it easily and can read the sitemap file. In this way, your blog will also be able to crawl better.
As we now know what a sitemap is, why not move from here to the next level.How to submit your blog to Google sitemap – 2019
How to generate the sitemap for your WordPress blog?
How a sitemap will be generated depends on the platform of your website. For example, it can be easily generated with the help of SEO by Yoast. Install and activate SEO by Yoast plugin on your blog. After that, go to SEO> XML Sitemaps in Settings and generate the sitemap for the first time.
After that, go to Settings> SEO> XML Sitemaps to generate the sitemap for the first time.
On this link, you can see the example of the sitemap file of the ShoutMelouds blog.
At the same time, there are many online tools for other platforms such as static sites and many types of offline software which will help you to generate a sitemap. For the purpose of this post, I am assuming that you know how to generate a sitemap and now we will talk about submitting the sitemap to Google.
Submitting a Sitemap to the Google Search console:
How to submit your blog to Google sitemap – 2019
When we submit a sitemap to Google, we do so with the help of the Search console tool.
I am assuming that you have already verified your site in Google search console and now you have to log in from here in your webmaster tool dashboard, now you are ready for a sitemap link.
Inside your Google Webmaster Tool dashboard, on the right-hand side, you will see an option called “Sitemaps”. To see the second sitemap submitted, click on “More” and you can submit a new sitemap from here.
To submit a sitemap file, click on “Add / Test Sitemap”. And on this page, you will also be able to see which sitemaps can be found by Google or which sitemap file has been submitted by you or someone from your team already.
You can submit the type of sitemap you have generated from here. If you are running a site that has lots of images, then I would suggest that you also create an image sitemap, as we have already talked about in Image SEO optimization. You can also create a video sitemap for your website.
If you are submitting a sitemap for a new blog, then it may take some time for you to see the index status. With the index status on this page, you can also see how many URLs have been submitted through sitemap and how many links Google has indexed so far. If you have submitted the image and video sitemap separately, then you can also see the status of those links.
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