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How to Submit Sitemaps to Search Engines

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What Is A Sitemap?

Sitemaps are generally XML files that list every single page of your website, and are thought of as a good record of your site and its contents. They're used by search engines to "see" your site as a whole in an instant, know your site's hierarchy, and decide how to process the individual pieces of your site.

What About Updating Sitemaps?

As you may have imagined, sitemaps need to be updated every single time your website's structure is updated. In other words, if a web page is deleted, moved, or created, those actions should also be reflected on your sitemap. Thankfully, there is no longer any need to do this manually anymore, as a sitemap generator will do the hard work for you.

Do I Really Need One?

Technically, no...however, it is a tool that is used directly by search engines, and therefore, an obvious advantage to anyone who actually uses one. Since search engines use them to help crawl your site, you'll really want to have one in place!

How Do I Create A Sitemap?

Having a sitemap is extremely important for proper site indexing. Creating a sitemap is a simple process, with the many free third party sitemap generation services or plugins out there.

Using a Sitemap Generator

Free services like XML-Sitemaps.com will simply ask you for your site's URL, and will being crawling your site while compiling a downloadable XML sitemap that you can simply drop into your FTP space. There's even the official Google Sitemap Generator, which is another free service that will perform this task on the server-side.

If you use Wordpress, the free plugin Google XML Sitemaps will auto-generate an XML sitemap for you. You'll have to manually generate the sitemap (it's a simple 1-click process) every time you create or delete a web page.

Synching Sitemaps with Webmaster Tools

Using any of these services will create a compliant file that can then be manually submitted to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. The file can also be plugged in to your Google Webmaster Tools or Bing Webmaster Tools accounts, which specifically have sections just for sitemap administration. Below, we'll review this feature for both accounts!

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Google Sitemap Submission

Google has the nicest sitemap submission method around: it's called Google Webmaster, and it's a fully functional administration panel that you can use to manage all of your sites. It is an invaluable free service that lets you monitor your sites, beyond what Analytics can do for your site statistics.

To submit a sitemap to Google, create a free Google Webmaster Tools account. Add your site(s) directly on the front page, then click its link, and look for the "Sitemaps" link on the left bar. Click "Add sitemap" and follow the instructions. Type in the remainder of the URL to let Google know where that particular site's XML sitemap is located...save, and you're done!

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Bing Sitemap Submission

Google isn't the only one offering webmasters an administration tool for its websites: Bing has their own version, and it's called Bing Webmaster Center. You can simply add a site URL and path to its XML file within it.

Just like Google, it also asks you to upload a file for site verification, in which you'll have to copy and paste some code into an XML file, and upload that file to the root directory. The tool will then start to provide data about the number of pages indexed, and you'll also be able to resubmit the sitemap if necessary.

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Yahoo Sitemap Submission

Yahoo's old webmaster tools feature, originally called "Yahoo Site Explorer," no longer exists. Bing began powering Yahoo search in 2009, and Bing Webmaster Tools became the sitemap administration service for Yahoo, as well.

When you use Bing Webmaster Tools, it will manage your sites on both Bing and Yahoo. So, when you submit your XML sitemap to it (see the instructions above), it will update both search engines with your new information.

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Comments & Feedback

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anonymous on March 27, 2013:

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we cant submit www.shuttermaster.com.ph to ask .com there is an error that Host Not Found

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anonymous on November 04, 2012:

i've tried to submit my sitemap to ask.com with your code but failed. can you explain it? thanks

Sabre1000 on October 25, 2012:

How do you do "Verify your ownership" on Webmaster tools?

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after creating the sitemap is necessary first to submit google sitemap index of website information

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anonymous on March 12, 2012:

Good help but i make a sitemap for www.sareeoutlet.com and submit in google it shows only 133 pages indexed instead of that my website have 1325 pages in sitemap. how all pages indexed in google.

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anonymous on December 09, 2011:

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Lindrus on August 07, 2011:

Good information and clearly explained. Thanks!

Steve Dizmon from Nashville, TN on July 20, 2011:

I had heard of the concept, but did not know how to actually do a sitemap submission. Thanks.

andreloxas on July 14, 2011:

Small article, great information! Thank you!

Abhinav1994 on July 05, 2011:

@anonymous: Good informative SEO article, it helps and give guidelines to submit xml sitemap.

Raulbesquival on May 26, 2011:

Create site map for website is very easy method here how to get it done Google , Yahoo, Bing and Ask . Usually site map created as an XML like tree form directory . site map is very important for proper site indexing, its very easy to create site map with the help of free services.

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anonymous on January 28, 2011:

im having trouble verifying my squidoo sites on web master tools anyone help?

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aishu19 on December 03, 2010:

Thanks for this information. I dont think I knew that there were submission sites for site maps. Website owners should know this.

ahmad1228 on November 27, 2010:

thank you for this info and

you can simply use to submit your site map into google,yahoo,bing,ask and moreover

http://sitemap-ping.info/

shadabiitr on November 17, 2010:

Very helpful guidance.

anonymous on October 23, 2010:

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Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 18, 2010:

I never really knew what was meant by "site map." Thanks for explaining this. It's not something I've done ... yet.

webmasterforums on October 12, 2010:

Very informative and vital step to send your sites these sources.

WindowCoverings on October 06, 2010:

Thanks for this info !

anonymous on October 05, 2010:

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thesuccess2 on October 03, 2010:

Great stuff. WordPress has a sitemap plugin

pablo_galante on October 01, 2010:

thanks for great information

am currently building this sitemap

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Mark N (author) on September 30, 2010:

@lottoking: Thank you Lance - much appreciated!! Glad it was of help.

lottoking on September 29, 2010:

The information on this site for sitemap submission is very informative and easy to read & follow.

I would recommend this site to everyone.

Thanks

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fuskator on August 01, 2010:

I just posted www.fuskator.com! Thanks a lot for the article!

granamedia on July 27, 2010:

Great info, just what I was looking for! It's saved in my favorites!

sashasamber on June 07, 2010:

I am very grateful to you. I had 3 websites to submit, but was desperate to submit my sitemap for www.musclesforwomen.com. Now it's done and all I can say is, thanks so much!! Do we need to submit sitemaps for squidoo pages etc?

kunalsharma on May 10, 2010:

Really great article you simply combined all at one place.

Mandy from Montana on February 26, 2010:

Great Article! Its so useful to have the directions for all the search engines in one place. Im going to create a link to this article on my page Free Website Information Its a great site for beginning webmasters looking for easy to read and apply information.

kreatifads on February 24, 2010:

my web www[]kreatifads[]com using "sitemap.asp" ..google only receive "sitemap.xml" or "sitemap.html"

How to submit my "sitemap" to google?

tq.

ben444 on January 31, 2010:

is there a need for a site map for a squidoo len?

anonymous on January 06, 2010:

how could i subbmit my site http://www.oh-fashion.com to more website ?

anonymous on December 17, 2009:

How would people like me survive without people like you to explain all those phrases and processes we hear about but don't really understand. Thank you for a genuinely useful SEO lens. SquidAngel Blessings for you!

Aika on December 10, 2009:

Sitemap submission is a must for SEO. I use wordpress so there's no need to submit the sitemap manually.

Manbiki on November 11, 2009:

great info, thanks you

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on November 04, 2009:

Really useful lens which people should take note of. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

farotto on October 02, 2009:

[in reply to ] Hi. Did you solev your problem? I looked on your site but there's no feed. Probably that is the reason why Feedburner doesn't validate it. You can't add a sitemap as a feed to feedburner. It's a different thing from Yahoo webmaster central.

Michey LM on September 27, 2009:

This is a must have lens

Thanks for useful info.

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Magnity on September 23, 2009:

Good start here. But CREATING the XML sitemap correctly is a challenge unless you program XML well. But there is help.

1. Go to Wikipedia and visit their page on SiteMaps

2. Go to sitemaps.org

3. Be sure to check your site map with an XML validator: http://www.w3schools.com/XML/xml_validator.asp

XML is unlike HTML in that it will not tolerate any syntax errors - validate first.

Hope this is helpful. more information and a free SEO report on www.magnity.com

fukkiit on August 31, 2009:

Yes, can someone help me to submit my website to squidoo it's http://www.fukkiit.com/sitemap.xml

sammyaddams lm on August 30, 2009:

Great info. could have done with it a couple of hours ago, submitted a sitmap for the first time to google, had a few problems but managed to sort it out in the end.

anonymous on August 20, 2009:

site map submission is ok...but when i go to feedburner.com there adding my site to feed burner ITS NOT A VALID XML FILE error is showing...please help me and solve the problem...my web site is

http://www.netjobathome.com

raji539 on July 24, 2009:

Cool but we want more explanation

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Clairwil LM on July 18, 2009:

I'm a technophobe and I understood this lens. Clear concise information with no jargon. Excellent *****

anonymous on April 07, 2009:

how can i submit squidoo sitemap???

Marko8 on November 28, 2008:

If you have problems with XML Sitemap use Sitemap Writer Pro http://www.sitemapwriter.com/

I tried different software for creating the sitemap for my website. This is the most effective one among 5-6 programs I tried.

This powerful webtool generated the sitemap for your website in just seconds. Mayor search engines (Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN, Moreover) were able to index and read your sitemaps without any problems. Not expensive and easy to use!

TrueFX on October 06, 2008:

I'll consider making my sitemap. Thank you!

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Vicki from USA on August 16, 2008:

Hi Mark! Great information and right to the point. Sweet! I hope to have site maps by January '09. No rest for the webmaster (or webmistress)! You always give sound advice on your lenses, thank you! ~Vicki~

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