Do you want to submit sitemap to Google Search Console and rank your website in Google Search results? Well, WordPress made this process easy with SEO plugins. Let’s find out about submitting a sitemap for your WordPress site.
To submit sitemap to Google Search Console for a WordPress site, log in to Google Search Console. Go to “settings” from the left menu. Enter “/sitemap_index.xml” in sitemap box if you have an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO, Rank Math, and All in One SEO. Click Submit. All of your website pages, posts will be indexed and will show up in search results.
Let’s learn more about submitting a sitemap. Continue reading…
What is a sitemap?
Before submitting the sitemap, we need to know about the sitemap and why should we submit it.
“Sitemap” is a page with links to all the posts on your website. It is meant to be used by search engines to find out links to the content on your website.
Search engines like Google use the sitemap file to find out about your website and then crawl all the links in it. A sitemap helps the search engine to find out the links, internal links and the version of the link.
What links does a sitemap file contain?
Generally, a sitemap file has all the links to the content on your website. Sitemap file has links for your posts, pages, tags, and categories. You can have a control of these content types. Some bloggers don’t show tags and categories. But having them increases your discoverability and increases your chances of ranking.
Almost 40% (38%) of all the websites on internet are built on WordPress. Google can easily manage and crawl your tag and category pages. So, you don’t need to hide tag and category pages.
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If your website is on WordPress, you can create a sitemap with 1 click. For most of the WordPress websites, it is generated already.
Let’s find out how is a sitemap file generated.
All the popular SEO plugins generate sitemap automatically when they are installed. By popular SEO plugins, I mean plugins like Yoast SEO, Rank Math, All in One SEO. But there are many other WordPress users using other SEO plugins. For them, here is a list of plugins that generate sitemap file.
The SEO plugins that create sitemap when they are installed:
- Yoast SEO
- Rank Math
- All in One SEO
- All in One SEO Pack
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Sitemap by BestWebSoft
- Premium SEO Pack
- Simple Sitemap
If you are using any one of the above mentioned plugins, your website’s sitemap is already generated. You can check it by visiting a particular URL. That is adding “/sitemap_index.xml” after your websites URL. If it has links to your pages, posts, tags and categories then you can submit this sitemap file.
If you are not using any SEO plugins, you have install one of them to create a sitemap file. I recommend and use Rank Math as it is free to use. It also has many premium features in it’s free version.
After you have created a sitemap file, you have to submit it to search engines like Google.
Submit your sitemap to Google
Now that you have created a sitemap file, its time to submit it to Google.
To submit sitemaps and links, Google has a separate platform called Google Search Console. We are going to use it to submit our URLs to Google. Adding your URLs and sitemap to Bing is easy with Google Search Console.
Sign in to Google Search Console
Log in or Sign up to Google Search Console. In this process, you have to link your Google Account and your Domain.
Firstly, log in to Google Search Console using your Google account. After logging in, there will be an option to add property. Google calls a domain property. You have to enter your domain name. A code will be generated that you to paste into your DNS settings. Google will take you through this process.
Add your Sitemap in Google Search Console
- Firstly, go to sitemaps by clicking on sitemaps on the left menu.
- In the URL column, enter “/sitemap_index.xml” after your domain
- Click on submit to submit your sitemap
- Your Sitemap will be submitted
How to know if your sitemap was submitted
After your you click submit button, your sitemap will be shown in the sitemaps section just below the “Add a new sitemap” section. When you submit a sitemap, it will be shown as success. But check it after a day or two. Even if it shows success, your sitemap is submitted. If it shows error, it is not submitted to Google.
Here is how it shows:
How much time does Google take to index your website?
After you have submitted a sitemap for your website, Google will crawl and index your website. In simple words, Googlebot will read the content of your website and add it to the search results.
This process of crawling and indexing will take time as Google gets many requests daily. The time taken to index your website depends on various factors. These include number of URLs, images, meta tags etc… Now, let’s find out exactly how much time will it take to index your website based on of posts.
Here is a table showing the minimum and maximum time taken to index your sitemap based on the number of posts.
|Number of Posts||Minimum Time Taken||Maximum Time Taken|
|Less than 10||1 Day||7 Days|
|10-30||3 Days||10 Days|
|30-50||7 Days||15 Days|
|50-100||15 Days||25 Days|
|More than 100||20 Days||40 Days|
The data shown in the above table is average time taken. Your website may take more or less time to be indexed.
This is how you submit a sitemap for your website. If you have any other queries, you can ask them in the comments section below. Also, tell us how much time did Google take to index your website.