How To Generate Sitemap And Add It To WordPress Blog

by Himanshu Yadav on November 8, 2009

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.

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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.

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2) Access the section: tools for the webmasters of Google .

3) Login to account.

4) Select your domain.

5) Go to Dashboard> Sitemaps

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6) Click on “Submit a sitemap button”

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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”.

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John Samuel November 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I have been using sitemaps for a long time. But I have been using a different sitemap generator. But this one looks like a simple one
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Jaspal November 8, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Hello

I use google sitemap generator plugin in wordpress is it better to have that or should i go for this one
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Vivek November 8, 2009 at 11:58 pm

i use google xml sitemap generator in wordpress because it is easy to configure. thanks for sharing this useful information with us. Now i will try this also.
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Anish KS November 9, 2009 at 7:06 am

The Limitation is only 500 Pages :(
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Vivek November 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

@ Anish
Thanks anish sharing this information with us. I would prefer to say use Google-XML sitemap plugin instead of this
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Anish KS November 10, 2009 at 6:29 am

Yes, that’s better than this, its useful for wordpress blogs.
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IndianCashMaker November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm

awesome tutorial himanshu…..i needed it.
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Himanshu November 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Thanks Tushar!

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Gabe | freebloghelp.com November 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I, too, use Google XML sitemaps. I believe you would only use this method or the plugin since they would produce the same result.
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Ruchi November 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Very well explained , I used Google XML Sitemap to generate it.
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sunderqaz November 21, 2009 at 3:03 am

nice tutorial the other way to get sitemap is sitemap generator for wordpress blogs is XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress 3.1.9 by Arne Brachhold. this is the best the script auto submits to google ,ask,bing,yahoo

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Arijit Das April 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

Thanks Himanshu, it helped me a lot in setting up a sitemap on my blog!

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