What is an XML Sitemap and How Submit WordPress Sitemap in Google Search Console?
What is an XML Sitemap?
Basically, an XML Sitemap is a file that contains the list of all URL available on Site and helps Webmaster to inform to search engines about URL that is available for the crawl. It allows the webmaster to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs on the site. So we can say that XML Sitemap is a very useful tool to index pages which is publically accessible. This improves the overall visibility of your site to search engines.
Why do you need to create an XML Sitemap?
There are many benefits are available to create an XML Sitemap which is listed below.
- some areas of the website are not available through the browsable interface.
- if a website contains any numbers of URL then it is very difficult to index these pages in the search engine without an XML Sitemap.
- It helps webmaster to index their web pages easily in search results.
How create an XML Sitemap for WordPress Blog?
There are several ways to create XML Sitemap for WordPress blog but here we use Yoest WordPress SEO Plugin to create sitemap because it is very easy than other and additionally it optimizes our blog articles.
To add an XML Sitemap for your WordPress site first thing you need to install and activate Yoast WordPress SEO plugin. By default, SEO plugin does not enable XML Sitemap functionality. So you will have to turn it on.
To do that Go to SEO >> XML Sitemap and checkbox to enable it.
When you enable XML Sitemap you will see many other options. So if you are unsure about that then you can ignore all these options and Save Settings. Now your sitemap is generated and publicly accessible and WordPress SEO plugin show an XML Sitemap button. You can see your sitemap by clicking it.
How Submit Sitemap of WordPress Site in Google?
The search engines are very smart to finding Sitemap. Whenever you publish a new article on the blog a ping is sent to search engine that sitemap is updated. however, we recommend that always submit your site to Google by using Google Webmaster Tool. In result of benefits, Google will now show any error in crawler and status of the page indexed and other information which is helpful as a webmaster.
First, Goto Google Webmaster Tool and if you are not already signed in using your google account then you will ask to Sign in.
After Sign in you will be redirected to Google Webmaster Tool.
There you will see a Button “ Add a Site ” click on it and write URL of your site. On next screen, you will be asked to verify ownership of website that you want to submit. There are several ways to do that But since you are already using WordPress SEO plugin, then the easiest method for you is to copy the HTML Meta tag value and paste it in WordPress SEO plugin. To do that click on Alternate methods and then on HTML Tag. You will then see a line of HTML Meta tag code.
Now copy these lines and paste it in any text editor and then copy text inside content” “ and leave this page and open again go to your WordPress admin area in a new tab and click on SEO and you will see SEO dashboard area. Scroll down, and you will see Webmaster Tools heading. Paste the meta tag value you copied next to Google Webmaster tools and Save Settings.
Now go back to Google Webmaster Tool webpage and click on verify you will see a congratulation message ” Congratulations you have successfully verified your ownership of www.yoursite.com”. On next screen, you will find Sitemap column and no sitemap in it. Click on the red button labeled “Add/Test Sitemap” and provide the URL of your sitemap and click on Submit Button.
Once you have submitted successfully your sitemap it will show as pending. Google takes some time to index and crawls your web pages. So when your web page is successfully indexed you can see on the dashboard of the sitemap.
I hope this will help you to Create and submit your WordPress sitemap in Google Search Console.
If you have any question-related sitemap and webmaster tool then you can ask me. I will happy to help you.