Unfortunately installing the Google Sitemap XML plugin is not enough. You must set one of the settings for it to take effect.

Internet Marketing Strategy | Auto Updating Your Sitemaps.xml File

This post is part of a series about the Internet marketing strategy I call Inbound Marketing, as well as part of a sub-series on the technical aspects of Inbound marketing. As well as part of a very short sub-series on WordPress settings than affect your SEO. To access the lead posts please click either of the links in the prior sentence.

Background

In a prior post I directed you to install a WordPress plugin named Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate. This plugin creates the file sitemap.xml for your website and updates it every time your website is updated. Every time up create a new post, modify an existing post, etc.

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You want this file to exist because all the search engine robots look for it and it is a listing/directory of every web page on your web site. The existence of this file makes it easy for Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc (mostly Google) to find and crawl your web pages.

However

And this personally annoys me, although I’m sure there is a valid technical reason for it, as I can’t see such a great plugin being developed with what I perceived to be one major issue.

And that major issue is….. Installing it is not enough. You must edit the settings within Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate and select one setting in order for it to start working. All the other settings can (and in my opinion should) be left untouched.

Settings -> XML-Sitemap

When you select Settings -> XML-Sitemap for the first time, you will see the following first line:

The sitemap wasn’t built yet. Click here to build it for the first time.

The words “Click here” are an active link. When you select that link, your sitemap.xml files get built for the first time.

That’s it! There is nothing more you need to do, but you do need to do this one thing.

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