Submitting your RSS feeds and sitemaps to Google is one of the easiest and proven ways to improve your relationship with search engines. Sitemaps are useful for both humans and search engines crawlers. For webmasters, it gives us an overview on the content that we have on our website. For Web crawlers, it gives them information on how our blog is structured, how it’s linked, and supports search engines in better indexing our content.
If need help creating sitemap, here’s a good list from Google containing 3rd party software.
For WordPress users, you got an alternative which is to use plugins that I have covered here.
Have your sitemap created and ready? Let’s move on the next step.
Submitting your Sitemap to Google
If you already added and verified your website, click on the button (with the world icon) located on the top right corner, and choose the website that you want to add a sitemap for.
After you have chosen the website/account, within the dashboard, on the left-hand side, access Crawl > Sitemaps.
Then at the top right hand corner, you will see a red button Add/Test Sitemap. Click on it.
There will be a pop-up window prompting you to enter the location and name of your sitemap. Usually it’s simply sitemap.xml. If you are not sure, enter the details and hit the Test button. Once everything is correct, click on the Submit button.
At the bottom of the Web page, you will see the sitemaps that you have submitted including brief status of what’s submitted and what’s indexed. If there are issues encountered, it will also be reflected.
To submit RSS feeds, simply repeat the process.
That’s all you need to do to tell Google about your website sitemap and RSS feed. Not too difficult right? :)
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