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Adding a Sitemap File to Your Website or Blog – Full Guide

For a normal website, there are various online sitemap generators to create and add a sitemap file to your website or blog and properly submit it to webmaster tools like Google, Bing and Yandex.

What Is a Sitemap?

 

A sitemap file contains all the URLs of your Website, and you submit that file to search engines to let them know about all the pages of your site. Search engine bots follow sitemap files to crawl and index your website.

For WordPress blogs, we use plugins that automatically keep updating our sitemap file as we publish the new post. This way, you don’t have to resubmit a new sitemap after publishing new articles. One or the plugins we are going to be discussing about in this article is the WordPress SEO by Yoast, so if you are using SEO by Yoast plugin, it it advised to utilize the feature in the plugin. But there are other manual method to submit your sitemaps, which might be handy if you want to submit a HTML page or a Blogger blog, all these is will uncover in this tutorial…

How to Setup Sitemap on WordPress Using SEO by Yoast plugin

 

Step 1

Install the plugin, and navigate to the “SEO” icon on the left-hand side and click into “XML Sitemaps”.

Step 2

Make sure the XML sitemap functionality is set on enabled. It should be enabled by default after you install the plugin, then proceed to “Save Changes”

Step 3

Now click on the “XML Sitemap button to verify that the files are working and that the file looks OK like the image below, if you get anything contrary to that, try disabling the sitemap option, saving, and then re-enabling the sitemap option.

You are good to go! The good thing about this plugin is that it will automatically update the file and send pings to search engines where sitemaps are submitted

How to Get Sitemap For a Normal HTML Site

 

Step 1

Visit xml-sitemaps.com, simply enter your domain name to and click on the START button to create. Then proceed to download the xml file.

Step 2

You can then upload your sitemap.xml file into the root of your website. I suggest using FileZilla FTP client.

 

How to Setup Sitemap For Blogger Pages

 

Step 1

Open the Sitemap Generator and type the full address of your blogspot or self-hosted Blogger blog.

Step 2

Click the “Generate Sitemap” button to instantly generate the necessary text for your sitemap. Copy the entire generated by the generator.

Step 3

Go to your Blogger dashboard and under Settings >>> Search Preferences, enable Custom robots.txt option (available in the Crawling and Indexing section), paste what you have copied there and  click save changes.

Howdy! Search engines can now automatically get your XML sitemap files via the robots.txt file, bye bye to manual pings!

 

We want to know your experience adding a sitemap file to your website or blog, feel free to use the comment box and don’t forget to share with friends.

Finbarr Cybug
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