How to submit your sitemap.xml

google sitemap

Why do you need a sitemap.xml?

Google usually crawls your entire website to find links from your site, and it will index them eventually. To prevent this waiting time, that can take days or even weeks, Google added the “Submit a sitemap” feature in Webmaster Tool.

Where is my sitemap.xml?

If you have activated the sitemap.xml from Squirrly, you will find the sitemap at http://yourdomain/sitemap.xml.
If you use custom permalinks in your blog, you will find it at Settings > Permalinks.
google sitemap squirrly
If not, then your feed link will be like this: http://yourdomain/?feed=sitemap. 
If you’ve already created an account in Webmaster, [Click here if you didn’t], go to [Link] and add sitemap.xml in the sitemap area.

google sitemap

Then click “Submit Sitemap” button and that’s it.

Squirrly uses your sitemap.xml to add all your feed information: Posts, Pages, Categories, Products (if you have an e-commerce site) and even custom post types.
It will automatically exclude the password protected posts.

After you submit the sitemap.xml on Google, it usually takes 20-30 minutes to verify it, and to grab all your data from it. You will now see how many pages are indexed.

Note! Google will not index your pages in 30 min 🙂 but you can see the indexing stats.

If you want to index a specific page in Google, go to [Link] and add your page there. Click the index button and Google will crawl your page in the next 5-10 minutes. You don’t have to do this for all your future posts.

How to tell Google that you have a new post published

In Squirrly SEO plugin, you will see a Ping option. Switch it on, and Squirrly will inform Google and Bing about your new posts.

google sitemap squirrly ping
So, if you add a new post, Squirrly will automatically add it in your sitemap.xml and send it to search engines.

Squirrly will ping your new post only once, rather than each time you update your content, to prevent from causing ranking problems.

To check the traffic to your website, don’t forget to add the Google Analytics in your site.

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