A Sitemap for a website helps search engines like Google and Bing find and index your website efficiently which results in higher landings in search results. If you’ve never thought about making a Sitemap before for your website, you should start looking into it. For a lot of webmasters, creating and submitting a website is the single most helpful thing you can do for your website to raise your rank in search engines letting traffic find you easier. There are lots of ways to build a Sitemap for your website. Here are a few common and easy ways to make and submit your Sitemap so you can be found easier.
A lot of website building platforms automatically create Sitemaps and have them ready for you to submit. Depending on what you use, you’ll find the process to be pretty straightforward if this is the case for you. For example WordPress has lots of different plugins that do this task for you. Joomla has similar extensions. These kinds of applications do all of the work for you. They create the XML file and assist you on how to put your file into your root directory, then submit your file to search engines like Bing, Google, and Yahoo!.
To make one yourself, you simply follow these steps:
- First, open a word document or plain text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
- Next, you copy and paste the following code into your text editor:
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
- Next, replace the yourwebsitepage.com/services(contact us) etc. lines with your own website page urls. For more pages, just add more lines. For less, remove some.
- Once done, save your document as an XML file instead of TXT. Your file name should end with .xml. Save it where you can find it easily.
- Next, you have to upload your file to your root directory of your web hosting account. If you’re unsure how to do this, you can contact your web host for help on how to continue.
- Once your Sitemap is saved in your root directory of your web host, you now submit it to search engines. Simply submit the file itself to search engines, and you’re done!
There are also lots of free XML file generators available on the internet if you wish to bypass messing with your HTML.
Any time your website changes you should resubmit a site map to search engines. Websites that are brand new don’t usually need to submit a Sitemap right away. Websites that aren’t attempting to attract lots of traffic won’t need to worry about submitting Sitemaps either. For everyone else, it’s probably a good idea. It won’t directly affect how you rank in search engine results simply by submitting your Sitemap, but it will help search engines accurately index all of your content on every page, which could really help raise your rank in results. It’s an easy way to assist search engine web crawlers in helping your website become more visible- which will in turn make your website more visible to people searching for you.