You make it easier for Google to crawl your site when you submit your sitemap.xml file to Google via Google Webmasters Tools

Internet Marketing Strategy | Submitting Your Sitemap.xml to Google

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. To access the lead posts please click either of the links in the prior sentence.

This post provides step by step instructions on how to submit your sites sitemap (sitemap.xml file) to Google via Google Webmasters Tools.

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Background

When Google and the other search engine robots crawl your site, they look for a sitemap file as it gives them a listing of what on your site is available to be crawled. It makes their job easier.

Submitting your sitemap.xml file to Google makes it easier for Google to help you.

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Step 1: Ensure your site has a Sitemap.xml file

  • Install the WordPress plugin “Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate”
  • Select Settings -> XML-Sitemap
  • Select the link at the top of the page to build your sitemap file

Step 2: Access Google Webmasters Tools

And once you do, select the website in question.

adding a sitemap.xml file to Google Webmasters Tools, step 1

Adding a sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Hover over the word Sitemaps, and select it

adding a sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools, step 2

Adding a Sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Select “ADD/TEST SITEMAP”

Step 4 of adding a sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools

Adding a Sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Enter “sitemap.xml” where indicated, select “Submit Sitemap”

adding a sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools, step 4

Adding a Sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Look for “Sitemap submitted” message, select “Close”

adding a sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools, verification

Adding a Sitemap to Google Webmasters Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are now done. You now wait for Google to index your site, a process that should take only a few days for brand news sites.

 

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