What is A Sitemap?
A sitemap is simply an outline of all of the pages on your website. The sitemap lists pages on your site and needs to be refreshed when new pages (such as blogs) or updates to existing pages are made. This outline or list of pages is available to search engine robots that “crawl” your website for new content. Here’s a guide on how to submit a sitemap.
Step-by-Step Guide To Submit A Sitemap
- Login to Webmaster Tools under your Google account
- On the righthand side above the bar graphs, click on sitemaps
- If it is your first time, you can click the red add/test sitemap, add your website ex: https://yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml and press the blue submit button.
- To resubmit the sitemap, you have 2 options: click the checkbox next to the sitemap and click resubmit or click on the blue sitemap link and on the next screen, click the red resubmit button.
Why Is Submitting Your Sitemap to Google Important?
If you do not submit your sitemap to Google on a regular basis, you could be missing major opportunities. It is recommended that you resubmit the sitemap each time you add new content to your website (like a new blog or correcting spelling mistakes) in order to get credit for the new information as quickly as possible.
If you do not submit the sitemap, it may take search engines months to start recognizing your new content. Currently, Google takes a snapshot in time of pages on your website. This means that it may be an old page that shows up for search engines.