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    How to Submit Sitemap to Google Search

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    When we create a website, one of the most common question is how to find out site in Google and many people think we need to Pay to get our site in Google. Though this is not true and getting your site in Google is easy. The very first step to let Google know about your Website presence is by submitting your blog site map. Before I share my tutorial on How to submit sitemap To google, let’s get more idea about sitemap.

    What is a sitemap?

    When ever you read about SEO tactics, I’m sure you must have came across something call sitemap. A Sitemap is an xml file which contains the URL’s inside your blog. This file is helpful for crawlers to find all URL’s of your blog. Google Sitemap 125x117 How to Submit Sitemap to Google SearchThough it’s up to many factor like size of your sitemap and number of URL’s in your sitemap, that crawler will follow. In short, Sitemap is a complete index of your blog which you want search engine bots to see. This wiki article on sitemap will give more technical and historical detail about sitemap.

    In all White-hate SEO and even submitting sitemap to Google is one must have SEP step for any blog. As suggested by Google, Sitemap helps Google to discover those pages, which are otherwise hard to discover. Specially, one should place a reference of sitemap at the footer of their blog. This will help crawlers to follow sitemap from any page of your blog and thus crawl your blog more deeply.

    Since, we know by know what sitemap is lets move to the next level.

    How to Generate sitemap for your Website?

    Sitemap can be generated in different ways depending upon the platform you are using for your website. For example, WordPress sitemap can be easily generated using plugin call Google XML sitemap generator plugin.  For other platform like static sites, there are many online tools and offline software’s which will help in sitemap generation. In this post, I assume you know how to generate site map and we will stay tuned to how to submit sitemap to Google.

    Submitting sitemap to Google Webmaster tool:

    When we talk about submitting sitemap to Google, it means submitting it to Google Webmaster tool. I assume, you have already verified your site in Google Webmaster tool and logged into your webmaster tool dashboard here. So by now, you have your sitemap link ready with you. If you have used any offline tool to generate sitemap, upload it to root of your site like /sitemap.xml. Here is how my blog sitemap looks like: ShoutMeLoud Sitemap.

    Inside your Webmaster tool dashboard, on right hand side you will see an option call Sitemaps. Click on More to see all submitted sitemap or you can submit a new sitemap from there.

    Submit Sitemap to Google How to Submit Sitemap to Google Search

    Depending on what type of sitemap you have generated, you can submit it from here. If you are running a site with lots of images, I suggest you to create an image sitemap, as we already discussed in Image SEO optimization that how much useful image traffic is for us. Similarly, you can create Video sitemap for your Website. For WordPress blog, you can create Image sitemap using this and video sitemap using this plugin.

    Sitemap Submission How to Submit Sitemap to Google Search
    Similarly you can submit sitemap to Bing which is also very useful for your content discovery on Bing search engine. For a website with big sitemap, it’s important to break it down into smaller sitemaps and then submit submit to Google, bing or any other major search engine.

    Do let us know if you have done sitemap submission for your website or not? What other SEO things do you do for faster indexing of your blog?

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    my site url is without www so i submited sitename.org/sitemap.xml
    but google showing this error

    We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit.


    Aidil Sharizaq

    Thanks the best explanation ever.So simple.Already submitted mine.everything is goin ok



    I just submitted my sitemap…. thanks for the info, hopefully it works.


    Best Tips

    I’ve installed Google XML Sitemap plugin, but I haven’t submit my XML sitemap to Google Webmaster. And then when I go to my Google Webmaster account to submite my XML sitemap, I see there is already submitted sitemap named sitemap.xml.gz, should I delete it?

    thanks for reply


    Best Tips

    hey I’ve fix this problem, after I submit my sitemap.xml, the sitemap.xml.gz disappeared immediately



    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

    is it okay to display like that or what should i do?



    How many time it takes to submitted urls to appear in Google?



    Can you tell me site map developed once should automatically change regularly as the posts continuously increases. or we have to submit a new one monthly or weekly.


    Harsh Agrawal

    It depend what platform you are using. If you talking in context of WordPress sitemap. You need to submit it once and make sure you keep your sitemap gen plugin on, all the time.



    I’m using BLOGGER, Can you notify me about any plugin that manages site map of my site


    Hammad Baig

    nice tutorial .
    Harsh, Can you tell me
    How many time it takes to submitted urls to appear in Google index?



    That depends on the size of the sitemap, but usually is very fast. In one day you can start to see some pages indexed.


    Brenda Brown

    rss.xml <– add this on the end. Easier way to bypass it all. =]



    really nice article ,i have just submitted my sitemap after reading your article,so million thanks to you.


    kanjaria utsav

    Harsh can you tell me how many time we have to submit sitemap to Google webmaster tools?I mean is this a necessary to submit sitemap every time when you write a new post to be indexed in Google.


    nimish kumar

    Hello sir,

    I have a problem if you can help me with that.Should we include categories of my site in sitemap or its good to submit only posts and homepage link as you do ??


    B kumar

    I have a blog with url “blogspot.in”, i submitted sitemap to google webmaster when my blog had less than 500 Posts, now my blog has around 850 Posts. Should i submit another sitemap to webmaster tool?… please reply


    Mayur Agarwal

    Which (sitemap.xml or sitemap.xml.gz. ) sitemap should i submit ?


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