What is a sitemap? As the name implies, a sitemap is a list of all pages accessible on a website that is available to users and search engines bots. You may have seen in several places, especially those that are government that has a link titled ‘sitemap’. That’s just a way to guide people and search engines on all accessible pages of the site.
Sitemaps were introduced in the early years of the Internet in 1994 and 1995, when it was considered as a necessity to include sitemaps on any website. This was probably because the sitemap of a website in those years was the main navigation tool before some user-friendly navigation and aesthetics be introduced by designers.
You may think now that we have better and faster navigation, we no longer sitemaps. No. Today, sitemaps are even more important from an SEO point of view. Here are some benefits of why sitemaps are so important:
These are just some of the many advantages why sitemaps are important and why you should create a sitemap for your WordPress site. In this tutorial WordPress, we will have a quick overview of the types of sitemaps, adding a sitemap to WordPress and how to send a URL of the WordPress sitemap to the search engines. Let’s start.
Before beginning this guide, you need the following:
In general, sitemaps can be categorized into two: Sitemaps XML and HTML. The main difference between the two is that the XML is intended primarily to search engines, while HTML sitemap for your site users.
Both HTML and XML sitemaps result in easy tracking of pages by search engines. We recommend having both sitemaps – one for the search engines and one for users. This will ensure that you are not leaving any missing important element related to SEO at the same time, ensuring that you also provide a great experience for their users.
Whether you own a very popular site, a relatively new site or a blog. Sitemaps are equally important in all cases. For new blogs with not so many backlinks, a sitemap helps in quick indexing of web pages.
Let’s start with the tutorial and see how to add a Sitemap in WordPress.
The XML Sitemap WordPress can be created in several ways. In this tutorial, you will learn how to add sitemap using some WordPress sitemap plugins. Let’s check.
Yoast SEO plugin is a very popular plugin that is widely used to improve the SEO of a WordPress website or blog. The plugin takes care of all technical aspects related to content and helps assess the keyword density, H1 and H2 tags, readability, etc. In addition, it can help you in creating XML Sitemaps.
Follow the steps mentioned below to add XML sitemap for your WordPress using Yoast SEO plugin:
The plug-in Sitemap Google XML can also be used to generate an XML sitemap for your website to help search engines to crawl your site.
This plugin is an easy way to generate a sitemap to various search engines like Ask, Google, Yahoo and Bing. The plugin creates Sitemaps for all pages of WordPress and custom URLs. Moreover, it automatically notifies all major search engines whenever new content is published.
Here are some steps you need to follow:
The two plugins mentioned above will help you to generate an XML Sitemap. Now, if you want to create an HTML Sitemap for WordPress, use the plugin WP Sitemap Page .
To create an HTML sitemap for your WordPress site, follow these steps:
Once the XML sitemap is ready, we recommend that you send to Google Search Console tool. The first step to submit your Sitemap using Google Search Engine Console is to submit yourself as the owner of the site. To do this, use one of the verification methods .
If your site contains many images, we recommend that you create an image Sitemap. You can also add video sitemap in case you have many videos on your website.
Bing is another search engine that you may want to submit your Sitemap. Just as we use Google Search Console to submit a Sitemap to Google, we will use the Bing Webmaster Tools to send our sitemap to Bing. Of course, you first need to verify ownership of your site. You can find instructions on how to do this here . During the verification process, enter the URL of the XML sitemap WordPress and press the button Add .
That is all that is required to add a Sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tools.
Sitemaps are an essential part of our sites. The main purpose of creating a website is to meet the needs of users, and then make sure the top ranking of search engines. Both of these aspects are accepted by Sitemaps to not only make your site easy to navigate and user friendly, but also help in tracking.
Hopefully, following the steps mentioned above, you have been able to generate a sitemap for your WordPress website and also can upload it to the search engines. Do you have any doubt? Leave it in the comments. We also have a post about the 13 best plugins for WordPress. Know more in the link below.