When creating any website, the developer creates a complete structure for it, starting from the code and ending with the design. The sitemap is one of the important components that must be present on the site, in order to inform the search engines about the type of content you provide on your site (text, video, images, etc.).
The “sitemap” file is one of the most important files for search engines, as it shows them the structure of the site and what it consists of, so we will learn how to build it and add it to the site and provide it to search engines.
What is an XML sitemap?
A sitemap is an XML file that contains the URLs inside your blog. This file helps crawlers to find all your blog URLs.
There are many aspects of your site that a crawler will track, such as the size of your sitemap and the number of URLs in your sitemap. In short, a sitemap is an entire index of your blog that you want search engine robots to see.
Simply put, a sitemap contains all the URLs for your blog, and a sitemap is added to search engines to keep them informed of all your blog pages. Search engine bots follow sitemaps to crawl and index your site.
It is good to place the link of your sitemap file in the footer of your website so that search engines can discover, track and crawl your sitemap file more effectively.
How to create a sitemap
Sitemaps can be created in different ways depending on the platform you use for your website. For example, creating sitemaps in WordPress can easily be done using an SEO plugin called Yoast SEO.
1 Install and activate the yoast SEO plugin from the WordPress store:
2 Enable the “XML Sitemaps” feature. This feature is activated automatically when installing the plugin, but this step is just to make sure.
Adding the sitemap to “Google Search Console”
In order to tell Google about the content that you publish on your site, you must submit your site map to the “Google Search Console” service, where it then sends the search spiders to your site for faster identification and archiving.
add a sitemap to Google Search Console:
- Go to the “Google Search Console” homepage (we will assume that you have already added your site to it).
- Click on the “Add Sitemap” option.
- Enter the map link, without the main part of the website link (for example sitemap.xml).
- Click “Submit.”
- Note: If there is an error in the site map, Google will inform you about that, and you can see all errors and ways to avoid them through the following link.
In the end, if the choice is between whether or not the site has a “map”, then surely you create it and add it to Google, since everyone’s goal is to get the largest possible number of views and visits, and a “site map” helps to speed up the archiving of articles, And increases the chances of sending search spiders to your site, but it is not a guarantee to occupy the first ranks in the search, but without a doubt, it helps the site progress and archive faster.