How to Submit Your Blog’s Sitemap to Google Search Console

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When we create a website, one of the most common issues we must address is how to list the site in search engines like Google.

Blog's Sitemap to Google Webmasters

Whenever I talk to newbies who are not aware of how the search engine works, they think that they need to pay Google or other search engines to list their website. This is is not true, of course.  You can show your website in a Google search for free. The only thing you need to work on is helping Google to find your blog.

I have already shared my case-study on how to index your new website in 24 hours, and in this guide I will talk extensively about submitting your site map to Google’s Search console.

Google search console (Formerly Google Webmaster Tool ) is a free tool that lets you control your website from the search engine’s perspective. I will not go into detail about GWT as I have already covered it in previous posts. In case you missed it, here is the first article to get you started:

First we need to understand what a site map is, and why submitting your sitemap to search engines is important.

What is a sitemap?

A sitemap is an XML file that contains the URLs inside your blog. This file helps crawlers to find all of the URLs of your blog. There are many aspects of your site that a crawler will follow, such as the size of your sitemap and the number of URLs in your sitemap.  In short, a sitemap is a complete index of your blog that you want search engine bots to see.

This wiki article on sitemaps will give you more technical and historical details.

Simply stated, a sitemap file contains all the URLs of your blog, and you submit that file to search engines to let them know about all the pages of your blog. Search engine bots follow sitemap files to crawl and index your website.

You can learn more about crawling and indexing here.

For a normal website, we use an online sitemap generator to create a sitemap file and submit it to webmaster tools offered by Google and Bing. For WordPress blogs, we use plugins that automatically keep updating our sitemap file as we publish the new post. This way, you don’t have to resubmit a new sitemap after publishing new articles.

It’s a good practice to place your sitemap file link at the footer of your website so that search engine bots can quickly discover and follow the site map file and crawl your blog more effectively.

Now that we know what a sitemap is, let’s move to the next level.

How to generate a sitemap for your WordPress website:

Sitemaps can be generated in different ways depending on the platform you are using for your website. For example, WordPress sitemaps can be easily generated using a plugin called Google XML sitemap generator plugin.

For another platform like those for static sites, there are many online tools and types of offline software which will help with sitemap generation. For the purpose of this post, I will assume you know how to generate a sitemap, and we will now learn how to submit that sitemap to Google.

Submitting sitemaps to Google Search console:

When we submit a sitemap to Google, we do so using the Search console tool. Assuming that you have already verified your site in Google search console and that you have logged in to your webmaster tool dashboard here, you have your sitemap link ready to go. If you have used an offline tool to generate your sitemap, upload it to the root of your site like this:  /sitemap.xml

Inside your Google Webmaster Tool dashboard, on the right-hand side you will see an option called “Sitemaps”. Click on “More” to see all submitted sitemaps, or you can submit a new sitemap from there.

GWT sitemap

Click on “Add/Test Sitemap” to submit your sitemap file. On the same page, you can see which sitemaps are discovered by Google or which sitemap files have been previously submitted by you or someone from your team.

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 create an image sitemap, as we already discussed in Image SEO optimization. You can also create a video sitemap for your website. For a WordPress blog, you can create image sitemaps using this WordPress plugin.

Google Sitemap

If you are submitting a sitemap for a new blog, it might take some time for you to see the index status. With index status on the same page, you can see how many URLs are submitted via sitemap and how many links Google has indexed. If you have submitted separate sitemaps for images and videos, you will see the status for those links, too. Here is an example of the index status of the ShoutMeLoud blog:

Website index status

Once you are finished submitting your blog sitemap to the Google search engine, I suggest you read this guide and then repeat the process with the Bing Webmaster Tool. Here is an exclusive guide to submitting a sitemap to the Bing Webmaster Tool.

Here are few more guides that you should consider reading:

Let us know whether or not you have done sitemap submissions for your website. 

What other SEO-related things do you do for faster indexing of your blog?

Remember to share this post with anyone who might benefit from this information, including your Facebook friends, Twitter followers and members of your Google+ group!

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Comments

  1. Miss K says

    Thank you for your help! I was given some ill advice by so-called ” professionals” regarding what to write in the ” ADD/TEST sitemap. Everyone was telling me to just ” type your full address + domain provider + sitemap xml” and I kept getting an error message. Thanks for the real answer and including a screenshot. Much appreciated! x

  2. Gurpreet says

    I am facing issue in google webmasters.I submited xml sitemap to google and after a day it shows 70 submitted and 9 indexed and when check back after it shows pending for both submitted and indexed.This problem occurs everyday.Please help me sir.

  3. says

    Hey Harsh,

    I have a website which is single page, I am unable to generate a sitemap and i have tired through many plugins, is there any tip or trick to generate sitemaps for single page website? or it is impossible?

    • says

      Hi Ruban,
      If your website is a single page website, you don’t have to add sitemap. Just adding to webs master tool and basic steps are enough.

  4. says

    nice and easy to read your article But i tried many times but always my sitemap got delete why? it says 2-3 days on process but when i see like 15 days latter there is no sitemap which i submitted

  5. Akshit Wadhwa says

    Hello Harsh, I want to know that there are many plugin for sitemap. Which is the best one to use please don’t say that Google XML Sitemaps is the best i like it but it’s not working fine in my of blog i just seen.

  6. Punit Bansal says

    Hi Harsh,

    Good Morning!

    I have started blogging on wordpress recently. I am facing one issue that my website is not listing on google/yahoo. Even if I am searching with the same domain name. My wordpress admin side automatically submitting the sitemap but still issue persists. Can you please help me out, if I am missing something.

    My Web URL: nextgust.com

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Punit Bansal

  7. B kumar says

    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

  8. nimish kumar says

    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 ??

  9. kanjaria utsav says

    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.

  10. Fred says

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

  11. Hammad Baig says

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

  12. ATUL SHARMA says

    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.

  13. Best Tips says

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

  14. Aidil Sharizaq says

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

  15. sambit says

    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.

    • says

      Hi Sambit,
      You don’t have to type full site address. Just check 3rd screenshot of this post. Are submitting like that? I mean sitename.org will come automatically. Are you typing sitemap.xml alone?

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