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How to create & submit a sitemap on your Google Search Console account

A sitemap is a file that lists all the pages and posts on your website so that search engine crawlers can easily index them. Find out how to create & submit one at GSC.

 Why is it important:

A sitemap is a file that lists all the pages and posts on your website so that search engine crawlers can easily index them.

Having a sitemap allows you to improve the visibility of your website on search engines, as it helps ensure that all of the pages on your website are properly indexed. Additionally, having a sitemap helps keep track of any changes made to your website’s content so that search engine crawlers are aware of these updates. Ultimately, creating and maintaining an updated sitemap is essential for SEO efforts as it helps ensure that search engines can easily find and crawl all parts of the website.

Normally, a sitemap is hosted on the website in the format:

https://[your-website-address]/[sitemap-name].xml

Things required before you start:

  • You should have an existing Google search console account, and if you don’t have one yet, then follow our guide to do so.
  • You should be using a Chrome browser and should be already logged into your Google account, which was used for creating the Google search console account.
  • You should have a business website for which you want to add the sitemap on Google Console.

Steps to create & submit a sitemap on your Google Search Console account:

Step 1: To create a sitemap for your website, three methods are available:

  1. Use your CMS to generate a sitemap for your website: Most CMS (Content Management System), like WordPress, Wix, etc., has its own set of tools for creating a sitemap. As for WordPress, you can use plugins like Yoast or AISEO to create a sitemap for your website automatically. All you need to do is get the sitemap file name, i.e., sitemap_index.xml (in case your website has multiple sub-sitemaps) or sitemap.xml, to use it in the following process.
  2. Use third-party tools to generate one for your website: You can use 3rd party sitemap generators like this: https://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ to create a sitemap for you. All you have to do is provide the website URL and then generate it. Once generated, copy the same in a notepad and save it as sitemap.xml. Upload the file to your website server through your FTP client.
  3. Create a sitemap for your website on your own: You can follow the set standards for a sitemap file and create a sitemap file for your website yourself. This is not recommended unless you have very few web pages on your website. Once created, upload it to the website server.

Step 2: Once the sitemap is created and uploaded to the website server, go to search.google.com/search-console.

And click on “Start Now”.

Google search console

Step 3: You will automatically be redirected to your Google search console account.

On the next screen, click on the “Sitemaps” option on the left menu panel.

As the screen opens, type in your sitemap-name.xml in the area provided and then click on “Submit”.

Sitemap segment

Step 4: Once submitted, it might take some time for Google to start indexing or reindexing the pages in the sitemap according to the changes submitted.

Once the sitemap submission has succeeded, you will see the number of discovered pages, which list the pages found on your website.

Sitemap submission success

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