Sitemap is a list of links that can be crawl by crawlers or spiders to easily navigate and find all the pages of any website.
According to Wikipedia
A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site.
How to generate Sitemap
Generating Sitemap is a very simple process, you can build your Site Map online by Sitemap generating tool.
How to Add Sitemap to WordPress
WordPress is a fantastic blogging platform. To add a sitemap to WordPress you need to generate a sitemap with Sitemap Generator.
Keep the following setting while generating Sitemap.
Once the sitemap is generated (Sitemap.xml format) you can download it on your computer.
Now you need to move this sitemap.xml file to your web space through FTP client such as Filezilla. Go to Public_html (root directory) of your site. Now paste the sitemap file (sitemap.xml) on Public_html folder.
- 1) Now go to Google webmaster tool
2) Access the section: tools for the webmasters of Google .
3) Login to account.
4) Select your domain.
5) Go to Dashboard> Sitemaps
6) Click on “Submit a sitemap button”
7) Choose the option “General web Sitemap”;
8 ) Type the address (URL) of the Sitemap path in the provided space (example http://www.domainname.xxx/sitemap.xml);
9) Click on “Add Sitemap web”.
10) Now go to your WordPress Dashboard and install Google XML Sitemaps plugin.
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
You can check you sitemap by visiting http://www.yourdomainname.com/sitemap.xml where you can put the name of your site in place of “yourdomainname”.