Today lets take a look at Sitemaps and how to submit them to Google.
A Sitemap is an XML file that contains the URLs of all the web pages in your site. You create this file and submit it to Google so that Googlebot will read it. You can specify certain parameters in the file such as the location (URL) of your web pages, when they were last modified and how frequently the pages are updated
It is important from a SEO’s point of view to tell Google where all of your web pages are, so you can improve your website visibility in their index. Submitting a Sitemap to Google may improve your rankings by getting an unlinked or deeply linked page into the index that wasn’t previously. It is worth to create an XML Sitemap for Google, if you are concerned about search rankings and SEO.
There are a number of sites where you can generate a free XML Sitemap.
The following steps will take you through to create and submit a Sitemap of your own.
- Firstly, you need to have a list of your websites URLs.
- Visit www.xml-sitemaps.com nothing to worry about it is 100% free. Type your websites URL and hit the submit button and your XML Sitemap will be generated.
- Once you have your Sitemap you must now submit the Sitemap to Google. Visit www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login and login with your Google account. Don’t have one? Don’t worry – that’s free, too.
- Don’t forget to update your Sitemap if you change the URLs or add new pages to your site.