Sitemap is the list of pages of a website accessible to users and search engine crawlers. By making a sitemap for crawlers, we can make indexing of website easier. As sitemap file contains all active links of your blog posts, search engine bots can easily find links on your blog. If you want to index each and every page of your blog on Google or other search engines, you must have a proper sitemap on your blog. It is also necessary that sitemap follows guidelines of search engines. So, you must do this carefully. In WordPress, there are many ways to create sitemap file.
SEO By Yoast also offers sitemap option. So, you do not need to download any other plugin for creating sitemap if you are already using SEO By Yoast plugin. If you are using any other plugin for SEO, you need to think about creating sitemap for your website. For sitemaps, there are various plugins available for WordPress. If you are not sure what plugin to use, you can try Google XML Sitemaps plugin. This plugin comes with awesome feature and easy to use interface.
If you are using WordPress, you can easily create a sitemap with the help of Google XML Sitemaps WordPress plugin. Sitemap generated by this plugin is compatible with Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines. You do not need to have any kind of coding skill to use this plugin.
Features of Google XML Sitemaps plugin
- Easy user interface to customize all parameters like priorities, rate and other.
- It is available in many languages
- It automatically generates a sitemap for all types of WordPress pages and posts and adds the new post as soon as you publish.
- Notifies Google, Bing, Yahoo, MSN Live Search and Ask via Ping and tell them that a new post has been published on the blog.
- Calculates a priority for each post, based on the number of comments
- Generates a static XML file and a zipped version of sitemap
After installing the plugin, generate the sitemap for your blog by selecting the options.
After creating the sitemap with this plugin, all you need to do is submit the sitemap to search engines. You can also add the link of sitemap in the footer of your website. As you publish new posts, the sitemap will automatic add your new posts and then ping all popular search engines.
Google XML Sitemaps plugin is very old and exists for around 9 years. Developers are still supporting this plugin, and you will also receive all future. More than 1 million users are using this plugin for the sitemap of their blog.
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