Every little genuine blogging tasks that you are doing for your blog is very important. Because, there are possible chances that your blog fail to offer you the click or impression in top search result positions as you may be neglect to study something little yet important factors such as your blog loading speed, submit your XML sitemap URL to Google, use of heading (H1,H2,H3) tags etc..
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Submitting your sitemap URL to Google search engine is one important among all the SEO keyword ranking factors that you cannot leave it merely.
What is a Sitemap?
A sitemap is nothing but just an XML file that organizes all your web page URL’s in it and help search engine crawlers let easily understand your blog overall content in a single file. Generating XML sitemap file and uploading it to your hosting account directory is not a rocket science as I will explain here in the post. The major purpose of having a sitemap is indexing your web pages on Google as well other popular search engines.
Why Sitemap is Important?
Do you Know Google can offer rankings for each and every page from your website for its target keywords? Yes! Not just your only homepage rather Google give rankings for all your pages. So you have to show Googlebot (Search engine crawler) to all your pages in one file for easy understanding of your content.
What if you are going to a restaurant and doesn’t find menu there to order your foods? Apparently, you will end up irritate for keep on asking the server for available recipes and its price. The same scenario will happen to search engine crawlers if it doesn’t find a sitemap on your blog. By this way, submitting sitemap is a most important factor to your blog.
How to Generate an XML Sitemap?
Spend less than a minute to generate XML sitemap as there are few free sitemap generators out there to get your sitemap file. I would suggest you XML-Sitemaps.com to generate free XML sitemap. They have two options both paid and free. You can have a look at the differences between free and paid sitemap. As a beginner, free sitemap up to 500 pages more than enough for your blog. Later you go for paid if required.
Go to XML-Sitemaps.com and enter your website URL. Under more options, enable both pages last modification attribute and page priority attribute for automatic calculations.
There is another option called pages change frequency attribute, choose the frequency accordingly as explained on the website. Hit Start and wait till your website get crawls. The time taken for the crawling process varies according to the number of pages in your blog.
Once completed, click on view Sitemap details and then click the download your XML sitemap button. The XML sitemap file you generated via the website will be downloaded from your preferred computer path. That’s it as your sitemap is ready.
How to Upload XML Sitemap File into Domain Root Folder?
Once after your sitemap file downloaded, next step is that you have to upload the file to your domain root folder via your Cpanel account. Follow the below steps:
- Log in to your Cpanel account with your username and password
- Click on Account information and then List Accounts under home
- Click on Cpanel near to domain you want to upload your XML sitemap file
- A new tab will open. Click File Manager
- Another new tab will open. Click on Upload and it will again take you a new tab where you can select the XML sitemap file which you generated. You are done.
At last, you have to submit your blog sitemap URL to Google Webmaster tool (Search Console) to track crawling status.
Submit Blog Sitemap URL to Google Search Console
Login to your Google Webmaster tool account and click on the website (you have to add as a property in webmaster tool) you would like to add a sitemap. Under dashboard, click crawl and then sitemaps. There you will find a red button saying Add/Test Sitemap, click on it as you have to submit your sitemap URL along with your domain name. Just type sitemap.xml next to your domain name and click test. It will start testing your sitemap to find if any error exists. You will receive a test report in few minutes. If everything fine, just click the close test button.
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Again click Add/Test Sitemap, fill out the column with sitemap.xml next to your domain same as what you did for testing your sitemap and this time click the submit button. Your sitemap will be added to Google search console and Googlebot start indexing your site pages in search results. You can check the number of URLs indexed by your Google Webmaster tool account.
Hope the entire post helpful for you to understand everything about sitemap and how to submit sitemap URL to Google search console. Love it? Just share your comments.