When we create a website or blog, the most common question comes in mind is that how to list site in search engine like Google. Google is a most popular and powerful search engine. Millions of website were indexed in Google. Every new website owner wants to list his website in Google. Whenever I talk about newbies who are not aware of how search engine works, they think that they need to pay Google or another search engine to list their website. But it’s absolutely wrong. You can show your website in google search for free. The only thing you need to work on is helping to Google to find your blog.
Today Tricks Academy explains to you how to submit sitemap to Google webmaster tools. Before start this tutorial we have to know what is sitemap? what is Google webmaster tools?
What is sitemap?
A sitemap is an XML file which contains the URLs inside your blog. This file helps to crawlers to find all of the URLs of your blog. There are many facts crawlers follow like size of sitemap, number of URLs inside the sitemap. In short, A sitemap is a complete index of your blog that you want to search engine bots to see. You can read more about sitemaps on Wikipedia .
For a website, we use an online sitemap generator to create sitemap file and submit into webmaster tools offered by Google and being. For WordPress blog, we use plugin to create sitemap. It will automatically keep updating the sitemap file as publishing new post on blog. So we don’t need to resubmit sitemap after publishing new article.
Tricks Academy uses WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin to create a sitemap file. Now that we know what is sitemap and how can we create on WordPress blog. Let’s move to the next level.
if you are not aware of WordPress SEO by Yoast. you can read these article first.
- A Complete Guide to install and setup WordPress SEO by Yoast Part1.
- A Complete Guide to install and setup WordPress SEO by Yoast Part2.
What is Google Webmaster tools?
Google is a very popular search engine. We all know about Google. I think a 5-year-old child also know about Google. There are many tools offered by Google which are used by many peoples like Gmail, Google Drive etc. Google Webmaster is a free tool that lets you control your website from the search engine perspective. If you are a serious blogger then you can’t avoid this tool. It is very helpful for SEO. It gives you the complete information about your site in Google search engine.
Webmaster Tool provides many tools that analyze your website thoroughly. You can work on that for making batter ranking of your blog in search engine. Remember Search Engine Optimization(SEO) is a gradual process doesn’t happen in overnight. Sometimes it takes weeks, months to get proper search engine ranking. Here I will be sharing about submit sitemap to Google Webmaster tools step by step.
If you are adding your website the first time. Login Google Search Console and click on add property and enter your website name and submit it. Now next is you have to verify your website ownership.
When you submit your website first time on Google webmaster tool. You have to verify your website for ownership. There are several methods by using you can verify your website.
It is a very easy process. If you face any problem you can go for Google Help. If you are using WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin for your WordPress blog. You can easily verify your blog/website by adding verification code in webmaster tool option under general setting. Refer the screenshot here.
How to Generate sitemap for your WordPress blog
Sitemaps can be generated in different ways depending on the platform you are using for you website. In the market, there are many online and offline tools where you can generate sitemap for your blog. If you are using WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. You can generate sitemap easily in XML sitemap tab.
I assume that you know how to generate sitemap. Now we will learn about submit sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.
Submit sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
After Verifying the website, next task is to submit sitemap to google webmaster tools. Login in Google Webmaster Tools Dashboard . Inside Google Webmaster tool dashboard, on right side you will find sitemaps option under Crawl where you can add new sitemap.
This is your first step. This will eventually help Google to crawl your site effectively. You can track you website that how many links are submitted and how many are indexed. You can also find that how many sitemaps to submitted by you and your team members. You can also Track how many images are submitted on Google and how many are indexed.
If you are submitting sitemap for your new website. It will take some time for you to see the index status.
Enough for Today I will come with more tutorial about Google webmaster tools so keep visiting.