How to create and submit sitemap to google Webmaster Tools

How to create and submit sitemap to google Webmaster Tools

Create and Submit sitemap to Google

A sitemap is an XML file, which contains URL links in your site. By submitting this sitemap to google, their crawlers and  search engine bots can find all the URL’s in your site. We discussed earlier about adding blog or website to search engines.  But it won’t index all the URL’s inside that website, so you must add your site to Google Webmaster Tool and there you will get the option to submit your sitemap.

How to create Sitemap ??

There are some websites which will create sitemaps for your website. But if you are using Blogger or WordPress platform, then no need to use them.

If you are a blogger user and your site has less than 500 posts then add below link as sitemap.

http://yoursite.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

In which change the “yoursite.blogspot.com” with your own URL. If you have more than 500 posts or more than 1000 posts then add the blow URL’s.

http://yoursite.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
http://yoursite.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=500&max-results=1000

If you are using WordPress platform then use any plugins to create sitemap XML file. I recommend to use the Yoast SEO plugin, which is very helpful for the newbie bloggers. By using this plugin you can simply integrate your site with Webmaster Tools and there’s also one inbuilt sitemap creator tool is available. Use it and get your XML sitemap.

Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console

After creating the sitemaps, we can submit it to various Webmaster Tools. For adding it to Google’s webmaster tool or search console, login to your account by clicking this direct link

>> https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home

Then on your dashboard click on >> Crawl >> Sitemaps 

add sitemap to google webmaster tool

You can see a button like above image there. Click on that “ADD/TEST SITEMAP” button. A popup will open and add the sitemap which created before to this field. 

add test sitemap to google search console

As you can see from the screenshot that, URL of your website is already their so just add the remaining portion on sitemap. For example if you are a blogger user just add >> ” atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 ” in the field.

If you are a newbie blogger and adding sitemap for the first time, the webmaster will take some time to index your URL’s. After google bots crawls in your site, the dashboard will show the indexed pages in your site like below screenshot.

google indexing site using crawlers sitemap

 

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