Sitemaps are very useful for users and for readers, and when ever we talk about SEO of WordPress, we should create WordPress blog sitemap and submit it to Google Webmaster tool and Bing Webmaster tools for faster indexing and crawling of our site. Now, the big question is how to generate sitemaps for our WordPress blog? In WordPress, there are many plugins which will help you to do it and I will be talking about one Such plugin which I use here at ShoutMeLoud and it will help you for your blog too.
Google XML sitemaps plugin to Create WordPress sitemap:
Sitemap feature is recently added to WordPress SEO by yoast plugin but I prefer to use Google XML sitemaps plugin, which is also a free plugin and offers many configuration for better optimization of your sitemap. Best part is, it’s a dedicated WordPress sitemap plugin and it’s been 3 years I’m using this plugin and it keeps getting constant update with every new release of WordPress.
To help Google indexing your blog properly, you need to submit a sitemap of your blog, so that each and every page of your blog can be indexed by Google and other search engines.
Google XML sitemaps WordPress plugin helps to create a dynamic sitemap of WordPress blog which is compatible to Google, Bing and yahoo webmaster tools. After creating sitemap all you need to do is submit sitemap to search engine webmaster tools and as soon as you will publish a new post,your sitemap will be automatically updated. To make the most of sitemap, you should point one link from your footer to your sitemap page this ensure the proper indexing of all your links.
Here is how you can use Google XML Sitemap generator plugin:
Features of Google XML sitemap
- User interface to customize all parameters like priorities etc.
- Available in many languages
- Generates automatically a sitemap for all types of WordPress pages
- Calculates a priority for each post, based on the number of comments
- Notifies Ask.com, Google, MSN Live Search and YAHOO about changes via ping
- Includes a WordPress filter for other plugins which can add their pages to the sitemap
- Generates a static XML file as well as a zipped version
So, once you have created sitemap, go ahead and submit it to major search engines. You can follow below two articles, to get started:
Do let me know if you still have any query regarding sitemap creation of your WordPress blog. If you find this article useful, do subscribe to my Email newsletter for more such updates.
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