How often should you add a sitemap to Google?
How often should you add a sitemap to Google? is a question that we have been asked on a few occasions by our clients whom wish to do this themselves as they update their blog posts on a regular basis.
It is advisable that you should update and submit your sitemap to Google webmaster tools everytime you publish a new piece of content on your website or blog page. Some bloggers update it within seconds of posting new content as their content gets scrapped (copied) so quickly as it’s in such demand and of a high quality.
The answer is simple, submiting a sitemap allows search engines like Google and Yahoo crawl your website easier and help catogorize your website. The very best tool to do this for is Google Webmaster Tools.
How do you apply a sitemap to Google?
The process of adding a sitemap to your Google Webmaster tools is fairly straight forward (even to the non-techie user). Please follow the step by step instructions below to get your website added quickly and easily.
Step 1 (Start here)
Go to your website e.g. www.UploadInternational.com
In the URL bar type in the following after your domain name: /robots.txt
Hit enter on your keyboard. You will be taken to a white web page with some text. copy the end of the URL e.g. in the example below we would copy the /sitemap.xml
Please note: the url will vary based on the design and platform of your website but as long as you copy the part after the .com/ then you are on the right track.
Ok, now it’s time to head over to your Google Webmaster Tools. To make this quick for you, here’s the link: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools
On the let hand side menu, click Crawl >> Sitemaps
After the screen has refreshed, you will see a red button at the top right hand side of the window named ADD/TEST SITEMAP. Click this button.
A small box will pop up which contains your website domain. Click inside the field and paste or enter the sitemap URL that you copied earlier in Step 3.
Click ‘Submit Sitemap’ and wait for a moment. Once the page updates, click the refresh option in the window of the Google Webmaster Tools.
Once the page has refreshed, you will see that there is now some information and confirmation that your website has been submitted.
And we are DONE!
Well that was easy wasn’t it? For all future submissions you can skip the first 3 steps and simply enter the sitemap URL into the Webmaster tools each time you add new content to your website or when you make any amendments.
I hope that this helps with your online search visibility and until next time, to your online success.