What is a sitemap?
Every website comes with a ".xml" sitemap file that you can use for your SEO needs. You won't be able to edit the sitemap file directly, but as you change the page structure of your website, the file will update for you automatically.
How to find your sitemap:
The file sits at the end (root level) of your subdomain or custom domain. Use this sitemap URL as an example to find yours:
Replace "yourbusiness.com" with your website's URL.
Submit your sitemap to search engines:
To submit your website's sitemap to Google and Bing, you first log in to the appropriate webmaster tools and verify your site ownership. Before following the steps below, ensure that the URL you input is the primary domain in your Domain settings. Check this by going to Settings > Domains, and selecting the star icon next to the domain you wish to choose as primary.
1. Log into Google Search Console. From the dashboard, select Sitemaps in the left-hand column of the screen.
2. In the box that says Add a new sitemap, you will notice your website’s URL with an empty text box following it. Type in “sitemap.xml” after the backslash (/).
3. Select Submit to finish.
1. From your Webmaster Tools Dashboard, select Configure My Site and then Sitemaps.
2. In the Submit a sitemap field, type your URL with the addendum /sitemap.xml (exactly how the example in the box shows).
3. Select Submit Sitemap.
Done! The search engines will use your sitemap to crawl your website. While the search engines often crawl your sitemap within a few days, it can sometimes take up to a couple of weeks to fully render.
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