Build & submit a sitemap

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A good XML sitemaps acts as a roadbản đồ of your trang web that leads Google to all your important pages. XML sitemaps can be good for SEO, as they allow Google to lớn find your essential trang web pages quickly, even if your internal linking isn’t perfect. This post explains what they are và how they help you rank better.

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What are XML sitemaps?

An XML sitemap is a file that lists a website’s important pages, making sure Google can find and crawl them all. It also helps tìm kiếm engines understvà your website structure. You want Google khổng lồ crawl every essential page of your website. But sometimes, pages kết thúc up without any internal liên kết pointing to lớn them, making them hard to find. A sitemap can help speed up content discovery.

*’s XML sitemap

Above’s sitemaps, created by SEO plugin. Further down this page, we’ll explain how our plugin helps you make the best XML sitemaps. If you don’t use our plugin, your sitemaps may look slightly different but will work the same way.

As you can see, the XML sitemaps shows several ‘index’ sitemaps: post-sitemap.xml, page-sitebản đồ.xml, video-sitemap.xml etc. This categorization makes a site’s structure as clear as possible. So if you clichồng on one of the index sitemaps, you’ll see all URLs in that particular sitemap. For example, if you cliông chồng on post-sitemaps.xml you’ll see all’s post URLs.

*’s post XML sitemap

You’ll notice a date at the over of each line. This tells Google when each post was last updated và helps with SEO because you want Google to crawl your updated content as soon as possible. When a date changes in the XML sitemaps, Google knows there is new content to lớn crawl and index.

If you have a huge website, sometimes it’s necessary to lớn split an index sitemaps. A single XML sitemaps is limited to 50,000 URLs, so if your trang web has more than 50,000 posts, for example, you’ll need two separate ones for the post URLs, effectively adding a second index sitebản đồ. The SEO plugin sets the limit even lower – at 1.000 URLs – to keep your sitemap loading as fast as possible.

What websites need an XML sitemap?

Google’s documentation says sitemaps are beneficial for “really large websites,” for “websites with large archives,” for “new websites with just a few external link lớn it,”và for “websites which use rich truyền thông media content.”

While we agree that these kinds of websites will definitely benefit the most from having one, at, we think XML sitemaps are beneficial for every trang web. Every single trang web needs Google to lớn be able khổng lồ find the most important pages easily và lớn know when they’re last updated. That’s why this feature is included in the SEO plugin.

Which pages should be in your XML sitemap?

How bởi vì you decide which pages to include in your XML sitemap? Always start by thinking of the relevance of a URL: when a visitor lands on a particular URL, is it a good result? Do you want visitors lớn lvà on that URL? If not, it probably shouldn’t be in it. However, if youreallydon’t want that URL khổng lồ show up in the search results, you’ll need toadd a ‘noindex’ tag. Leaving it out of your sitemaps doesn’t mean Google won’t index the URL. If Google can find it by following liên kết, Google can index the URL.

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Example 1: A new blog

Say, for example, you are starting a new blog. You will want Google to lớn find recent posts quickly khổng lồ make sure your target audience can find your blog in the tìm kiếm results, so it’s a good idea to lớn create an XML sitemap right from the start. You might make a handful of first posts và categories for them as well as some tags lớn start with. But there won’t be enough content yet to lớn fill the tag overview pages, making them “thin content” that’s not valuable khổng lồ visitors – yet. In this case, you should leave the tag’s URLs out of the sitemap for now. Set the tag pages lớn ‘noindex, follow’ because you don’t want people to find them in tìm kiếm results.

Example 2: Media and images

The ‘media’ or ‘image’ XML sitemap is also unnecessary for most websites. This is because your images are probably used within your pages & posts, so they will already be included in your ‘post’ or ‘page’ sitemaps. So having a separate ‘media’ or ‘image’ sitemaps would be pointless, and we recommover leaving it out. The only exception lớn this is if images are your main business. Photographers, for example, will probably want khổng lồ show a separate ‘media’ or ‘image’ sitebản đồ lớn Google.

How khổng lồ make Google find your sitemap

If you want Google to find your XML sitebản đồ quicker, you’ll need khổng lồ add it lớn yourGoogle Search Consoletài khoản. In the ‘Sitemaps’ section, you’ll immediately see if your XML sitebản đồ is already added. If not, you can add your sitebản đồ at the top of the page.

Adding your sitebản đồ helps to check whether Google indexed all pages in your sitebản đồ. If there is a big difference in the ‘submitted’ & ‘indexed’ number on a particular sitebản đồ, we recommend looking into this further. There could be anerrorpreventing some pages from being indexed. Another option is, that you may need more links pointing to the nội dung that’s not been indexed yet.

Google correctly processed all URLs in our post sitemap SEO and XML sitemaps

Because of their SEO value, we’ve added the ability khổng lồ create your own XML sitemaps inour SEO plugin. They are available in both the miễn phí & premium versions of the plugin. While we worked together with Google lớn bring XML sitemaps natively to WordPress, we offer a superior version of sitemaps in SEO. The WordPress one is basic và not nearly as fine-tuned & fully featured as the one in SEO. If you install SEO, we automatically disable the WordPress sitemaps for you. SEO creates an XML sitemaps for your website automatically. Click on ‘SEO’ in the sidebar of your WordPress install and then select the ‘Features’ tab:

You can find the XML sitemaps in the Features tab of SEO
Click on the liên kết lớn see the XML sitemap of your site

In this screen, you can enable or disable the different XML sitemaps for your website. Also, you can click on the question mark to lớn exp& the information and see more possibilities, lượt thích checking your sitemap in your browser.

You can exclude nội dung types from your XML sitemap in the ‘Search Appearance’ tab. If you select ‘no’ as an answer to lớn ‘show X in the search results?’, this type of nội dung won’t be included.

Determine what you want to lớn see in the XML sitemap

Read more about excluding content types here.

Chechồng your own XML sitemap!

Now, you know how important it is lớn have an XML sitemap: having one can help your site’s SEO. Google can easily access your most important pages & posts if you add the right URLs khổng lồ them. Google will also find updated content easily, so they know when a URL needs lớn be crawled again. Lastly, adding your XML sitemap to Google Search Console helps Google find your sitemaps fast & allows you to lớn kiểm tra for sitebản đồ errors.