When I stepped into the world of blogging, I had little idea about sitemap. I just bought a domain and hosting from Godaddy to create my website. At the beginning, I didn’t know how to work properly on the website.
I just kept writing articles and forgot that search engine indexing is one of the primary aspects to drive traffic to your website. Search Engines crawl through your web pages and index them into their records. Without search engine indexing you cannot see your website in their search results.
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What is a Sitemap?
It is an XML file which contains a list of webpages accessible to users and crawlers. It generally organizes the list of webpages in a hierarchical format making the parsing easy for the search engine crawlers.
How do you make a Sitemap?
There is no rocket science behind creating a website sitemap, hence, you can create them in two ways:
- Make a sitemap yourself and update it every time when you add a new page to your website. If you have a good technical knowledge then you can for this step.
- Otherwise, you can transfer this headache of creating Sitemaps to third party services. If you’re a WordPress user then WordPress plugins can automatically generate and update them whenever you add a new page.
Create your XML SITEMAP HERE
Why do you need a Sitemap?
Sitemaps are very important because they tell search engines about links, images, content and how often your website is updated. This helps in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and improves the chances of driving in organic traffic from famous search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
How often should you update a Sitemap?
It is necessary to update Sitemaps whenever a new page is added, edited or updated. It is crucial to tell search engines about the type of information your website contains. Hence, try to update your sitemaps whenever you commit a change.
How can you submit sitemaps to search engines?
Google and Bing are two major search engines in the market which brings heavy organic traffic to the website. In order to bring traffic to your website, you should submit the sitemaps to these search engines.
Submit it to GOOGLE
Submit sitemap to BING