Create Sitemap for Quick site indexing!

I have given many SEO tips such as How to do keyword and using link shorteners with care etc. I have also heard several SEO tips for quite a long time and i think the single most important site ranking factor that is underrated is creating a sitemap.

In this post, I list the benefits of having a sitemap, how to create a sitemap, SEO significance of a sitmap.

how to create a sitemap
how to create a sitemap

What is a sitemap

In terms of search, sitemap is a document in xml (extensible markup lang) format that gives google or other search engine crawlers information about a website’s resources. Website resources include: pages, images, video. and others.

So why is a sitemap important?

This is the main purpose this post hopes to accomplish. highlighting the benefits of having a sitemap, so much so that you will start to create one for a site. I must tell you my friend, that the importance of creating a sitemap are quite numerous, the most important use of a sitemap is to give information to search bots. Other prominent uses of sitemap are:

  1. Sitemaps tell google and other engines about the existence of your website.
  2. Sitemaps inform search engines about a change on your site.
  3. sitemap inform google and other search engines on how often a site’s url changes.
  4. A sitemap tell google URLs that are canonical (similar) and specifies.

Sitemap tell google about a site’s existence

Lets pretend you just created a new site and hosted it last week. The site has few or zero backlinks, few visitors too. Practically, there is no way google is going to recognize your site when visitors make a google query of its content. However, if you create a sitemap and submit it to google search console and request a crawl, your site will be indexed in google within few hours.

Sitemap inform google about a change

With an xml sitemap, it becomes easier for google to easily identify a change on a site. Lets imagine yoursite.com had 10 pages submitted earlier for indexing with 5 images. As soon as you make a change, say, adding a page with 2 images, submit a new sitemap with this change, google becomes aware of the change on your site.

sitemap inform google on how often a site’s url changes.

When you create a sitemap, one of the parameters you provide is priority. Priority ranges from 0 to 1.0, where URL with priority 1.0 have the highest priority in terms of crawl rate. This means that, search engines should crawl the pages with the highest priority more frequently than those with lower priority.


Sitemap show google URLs that are canonical (similar)

With the aid of a sitemap, google get to know URLs on your website that are canonical to others. These is very important to SEO as google is informed that two URLs are similar rather than duplicated content. Duplicating content is punishable by google.

How to generate a sitemap

To create a sitemap is a technical SEO process but thanks to tools such as sitemap generator, Yoast SEO creating a sitemap has been become so easy that less-techie personas too can easily create one.

Using sitemap generator

Enter the address of sitemap generator https://www.xml-sitemaps.com, after which you will type the website address of the website you want to generate a sitemap for as below. Wait for the sitemap to be generated.

how to generate a sitemap

Easy, your sitemap has been generated and ready for download. Simply, download the zipped file and extract it ready for uploading to your cPanel. Optionally, you may choose to receive your sitemap via Email.

Downloading a generated sitemap
Downloading a generated sitemap

There you have it, a sitemap ready for use on your site.

Creating a sitemap with Yoast Seo

If your website is designed with the wordpress CMS, then, the better as it is even more easy to create a sitemap with a plugin, Yoast SEO, add the plugin and push the sitemap button on in the features dashboard. A sitemap will be generated for your site. simply copy the sitemap’s url and submit to google search console.

A sitemap generated with yoast SEO
A sitemap generated with yoast SEO

Conclusion

Creating a sitemap is a technical SEO process, but with the right tools, even a novice can easily create one with ease. The benefits however are numerous. create one today and thank me in the comments section later.

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