Every blogger when create a website always become a daydreamer of getting more number of page views. But I have a question for you how they’ll open your site? Will you promote direct link of your site to every reader so that they open it and increase your page views? The answer is No.
Before stepping in blogosphere I always had a myth of paying search engines to list your website. Fortunately, I was wrong. In this article I will make you understand how the search engine works in actual. The search engine like Google charges you nothing for listing your website in Google Search. But they want your co-operation that help to find your blog/website i.e. submit XML sitemap to Google and other search engines.
I wrote this article specifically on how to submit your blog sitemap to Google. Google Webmaster Tool (now Google Search Console) is a free tool where you can submit your blog’s sitemap and increase your website appearance when related content is searched on Google. Here I will give you a quick guide to submit a site to Google.
Before moving further I have a question for you “can you tell me what sitemap is?” and why every blogger consider important to submit their sitemap to Google.
What is a sitemap?
We have a unique address of our home, in the same way each post in our blog have a unique URL. A sitemap can be said as XML file that contains URLs of each post inside your blog. And with the help this sitemap Google bot/ crawler find the all URLs of your blog. You can also disable many URLs from getting crawled by crawler. This can be done by robot.txt file.
If you want more information on sitemap here you go wiki article.
As I mentioned above sitemap contains URLs of your blog. So when you submit blog sitemap to Google and other search engines, they get to know about all the pages of your blog. At last after crawling URLs search engine index your website
For a BlogSpot blog we have single standard format for sitemap i.e. /atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 no need to generate any sitemap, just paste this into sitemap block and your URLs will be listed and updated automatically. But for WordPress blogs, we have some plugins that generate and keep the sitemap updated file once we publish the new post. This reduces our updating work means once we publish a new article it is automatically added to sitemap submitted.
It is considered good to link your sitemap at the header or footer of your website so that search engines quickly find the URLs and show your site on Google search.
Now I have discussed much about sitemap. Now the lesson are for how to generated sitemap and submit it to search engines.
How to generate a sitemap for your WordPress website?
Depending on the platform you are using for your blog, there are many different way to generated sitemaps. For blogger it is different and for WordPress you can generate sitemaps using most popular plugin Yoast SEO. I myself used Yoast SEO plugin for generating sitemap.
Google Sitemap Submission steps
The first step to submit you blog’s sitemap to Google is to get logged in and here I assume you already verified your website in Google search console. To login to your dashboard click here, on the other hand keep your sitemaps ready with you. If you have used an offline tool to generate your sitemap, upload it to the root of your site like this: /sitemap.xml
Once you are logged in your Google Webmaster Tool dashboard, on the right top you will see a option “sitemaps”. Click on the double arrow symbol”>>”. After this you can submit sitemap.
As shown below click on “Add/Test Sitemap” and submit your blog’s sitemap. This is only the page where you can see your previously submitted sitemap.
Whatever type of sitemap you have generated, you can submit it here. I would suggest you to generate image sitemap if you own a website with image gallery. For a WordPress blog, this plugin help you to generate image sitemap. As like image sitemap you can also create video sitemap for website with stream of videos.
When you submit you blog’s sitemap to Google, it may take some time to index the URLs of your blog. In my case it took one week. Once the indexing is done you can see details like what numbers of URLs are indexed. You will see the status of your indexed images separately. Below is the index status of the www.bloggingnuts.com.
After submitting blog sitemap to Google, you can repeat the same process to with other search engine like Bing Webmaster Tool. My exclusive guide submit sitemap to Bing is coming soon.
What other tricks you are opting for indexing your blog faster?
I hope this article helped you to submit blog sitemap to Google search console. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask by leaving a comment below.