How to submit a sitemap to Google?

by kyleigh.wolff , in category: SEO , 4 months ago

How to submit a sitemap to Google?

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by drew , 4 months ago

@kyleigh.wolff 

To submit a sitemap to Google, you can follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Google Search Console (formerly known as Webmaster Tools) using your Google account. If you don't have an account, create one.
  2. Add your website to Google Search Console if you haven't already done so. You will need to verify your ownership of the website by following the provided instructions.
  3. Once your website is verified, select the property (website) you want to submit the sitemap for from the Search Console home page.
  4. In the left-hand sidebar, click on "Sitemaps" under the "Index" section.
  5. Click on the "Add/Test Sitemap" button (usually located on the top right corner).
  6. In the "Add a new sitemap" dialog box, enter the URL of your sitemap. The URL should be the location of your sitemap file. For example, if your sitemap is located at "https://www.example.com/sitemap.xml", you would enter "/sitemap.xml".
  7. Click on the "Submit" button to submit your sitemap to Google.
  8. Google will now fetch and process your sitemap. You can check the status within Search Console's "Sitemaps" section to see if there are any errors or issues.
  9. It is also recommended to periodically check the "Coverage" section in Google Search Console to ensure that your sitemap is being properly indexed by Google.


Repeat this process whenever you make changes to your sitemap or add new pages to your website.


Note: If you have a WordPress website, you can also use plugins like Yoast SEO or Google XML Sitemaps to generate and automatically submit your sitemap to Google.