Submit Your Sitemap To Google and Bing
With a simple non-technical automatic click you can ensure your website pages are indexed and found in search engine result pages which equals more opportunities to be found online.
Why Submit A Sitemap?
Have you ever tried guessing the direction to a location you dont often visit?
Not the best solution is it? that's exactly what its like when you dont submit an sitemap.xml to search engines. They may find some of your URL's but they might NOT.
When it comes to improving your search engine rankings its never a good idea to leave it to chance. If Google/Bing has your sitemap they know where all of your links are located and the more they can include in their search results.
What Is A Sitemap?
A Sitemap is an XML file on your web server.
Its Like An Organization Map that structures your website by links and how they interconnect.
Search Engines like Bing, Google and Duckduckgo utilize sitemaps to crawl your site because it makes their job easier for inclusion into their results.
Do You Need A Sitemap? YES... some may argue no, but in my 11 years of online marketing experience it helps.
When To Submit Your Website To Search Engines
Once you have created a sitemap that is properly structured with all your links and attributes you should submit your .xml file to Google and Bing with a tool like ours.
Once you submit the sitemap with our tool within 72 hours search engines have included more of your website into their index.
Make sure you have created access to Google and Bing Webmaster tools so you can see whats been indexed, errors, etc.
You dont have to resubmit everyday your frequency attribute will give search engines an idea of how often they should visit!
Creating A Sitemap
If you use a CRM like Wordpress, Drupal, etc its as simple as installing a plugin and running it.
Otherwise you have 2 options
Use a tools like this one Sitemap Generator that you input your URL into and it automatically scans your website and creates the XML file for you.
Or you can build it yourself, here is an example of our Sitemap.xml after visiting that URL, right click, save and edit with your editor and fill in your data and save it. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference In Robots.txt
Search engines and other robots also accept the command via your robots.txt file to advise them
where you sitemap location is with the simple command SITEMAP:
take a look at our robots text file here and see we even use this technique https://whoranksfor.com/robots.txt
For those who are technical you can submit your sitemap via Bing and Google webmaster tools and both require that you
- Sign up
- Download a file and upload it to your server
- Place a tag on your head area of your site
NOTES: When you submit via Bing this takes care of Yahoo as well.
DuckDuckGo unfortunately has no webmaster tools or a way to directly submit your website or sitemap to them.
3 More Reasons
To Submit Site maps to Google, Bing and other search engines.
- Helps web crawlers intelligently finds even deep linked pages to be able to display them in their search results.
- Better Indexing Takes the guess work out of a web crawlers job by your sitemap mapping out the site structure.
- Frequency Hints Sitemaps.org protocols state by adding the changefreq option, crawlers may visit that frequently.