Everyone wants its website on top of the search engines and xml is essential for Better SEO ranking, here i would like to post detailed description for beginner to What is xml sitemap exactly and How to create Xml Sitemap for wordpress site? and How to submit XML sitemap to webmaster?
What is Xml Sitemap exactly?
Xml is the the file that contain the all url’s list of your website, In sort Xml is the one type of protocol which store your websites links information so search engines can track your website urls accurate and efficiently. It allows webmaster to crawl your website with the information of your website page or article like last update, priority of the page and related url.
Why Xml Sitemap is an important?
Every website owner wants its website top of the search engine page, Sitemap play important part for search engine optimization.thats mean for seo, xml is not must required it does not affect in ranking but xml is the tool which track your website links and its information and helps to index website to search engine webmaster.
Xml sitemap is very effective and useful when your website is bigger specially for blogger who have hundreds of articles so its hard to manage all links and its crawl to search engine webmaster, then xml plays important role like manage urls link, priority of the page, last update and modified.
How to Build xml sitemap for wordpress?
It’s very easy to create an xml sitemap to your wordpress website/blog, there are several free plugins are available in wordpress plugin repository. if you are using yoast seo plugin than it have inbuilt Xml functionality but we are using Google Xml Sitemap generator It’s very easy to install and config.
Here I saw you how to create xml sitemap using sitemap generator plugin.
Installation and activation of XML Sitemap generator plugin
Download and active plugin :- Google XML Sitemap generator
After Download and activation Now go to settings –> Xml-Sitemap
Now before click on generate sitemap you have to config correctly follow steps
Settings of google xml sitemap generator plugin of wordpress
Just follow below image.
Addition page settings: this settings required when your website under different directory and home page is not staticpage like website like http://www.Website.com/index.html or www.Website.com/home.
Post Priority settings:
We are using custom priority of all posts so click Do not use automatic priority calculation.
Location of your Sitemap file
Click on Automatic Detection, plugin automatically detect your sitemap.
Just include homepage, posts, following page of multiple page and static page. Don’t Includes Categories, archives, autor pages and tag pages because it can cause duplicate content issue.
Now, leave all other settings by default and save settings
Build XML sitemap
Click on sitemap link and build your first sitemap for your website.
Check your sitemap yoursitename.com/sitemap.xml
How to submit XML Sitemap to search engine
Now here I show you the method to submit your wordpress website XML sitemap to search engines. But before submite website to search engine webmaster you have to verify your website, if you already verify your website to search engine so, its no problem otherwise you can refer this article to How to submit and verify your website in search engine like google, yahoo and bing?
After submit your website to search engines, you have to Submit your sitemap to google webmaster first of all Sign in to your google webmaster account and go website dashboard now follow this four steps.
- Click on left side Crawl tab –>Sitemaps.
- Click on Add/Test Sitemap Tab
- Enter your website sitemap xml file location.(Generally it is here Example.com/sitemap.xml)
- Click on submit.
After Successful submission of xml sitemap you can see Index status like below.
Enjoy, now your XML Sitemap created and successfully submitted. I hope you like this article and better understand all about XML Sitemap. 🙂