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How to Submit XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

Creating an XML sitemap helps search engines see all the pages available on your website, the frequency of updates and most important pages you have on your site.  Although the XML sitemap does not improve your Search Engine ranking  You’ve already installed a WordPress plugin to help you create XML sitemaps for your website and now you want to submit your XML sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.  Here is a tutorial on how to add a site, and submit your XML sitemap to Google Webmaster tools.  As a prerequisite, please make sure you follow the steps here to first create your XML sitemap.

Overview on How to Submit XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

  1. Sign into Google Webmaster Tools
  2. Add a Site to Google Webmaster Tools
  3. Enter URL of Site to Add to Google Webmaster Tools
  4. Verify Ownership of Site in Google Webmaster Tools
  5. Click on Website in Google Webmaster Tools
  6. Click on SiteMaps in Google Webmaster Tools
  7. Add Sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools
  8. Submit XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
  9. See Sitemap Stats – Submitted vs Indexed in Google Webmaster Tools

Steps:

1.  Sign into Google Webmaster Tools

Find Google Webmaster Tools in the Google search, create an account and sign in.

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Find Google Webmaster Tools in Google Search
  • Google Search ‘Google Webmaster Tools’
  • Click on ‘Signup
  • Create an account and sign in

2.  Add a Site to Google Webmaster Tools

Now that you have an account with Google Webmaster Tools, you can add a site to manage your sitemap and other aspects of our site.  Google Webmaster tools not only allows you to submit your XML sitemap but will also notify you of crawl errors, traffic sources, keywords and more.  In this tutorial, first add a site.

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Add a Site to Google Webmaster Tools
  • Click on ‘Add a Site

3.  Enter URL of Site to Add to Google Webmaster Tools

Enter your website URL that you want to submit an XML sitemap for.

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Enter URL of Site You want to Manage in Google Webmaster Tools
  •  Enter your website URL in the textbox
  • Click on ‘Continue

4.  Verify Ownership of Site in Google Webmaster Tools

This step is slightly tricky.  You will have to verify ownership of your website.  There are numerous options you can choose to verify your ownership of your website.  Google Webmaster Tools has opted for the recommended.  But you can choose the alternate methods if you find them more easy to verify your ownership.

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Verify Ownership of Website in Google Webmaster Tools
  •  Follow steps in the Google Webmaster Tools to verify your website.
  • You can also choose the Alternate methods as well
  • Click on ‘Verify‘ when you are done

5.  Click on Website in Google Webmaster Tools

Once you verify your ownership of you website, back in the Google Webmaster Tools screen, click on your site.

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Click on Site in Google Webmaster Tools
  • Click on your website link, i.e. ‘www.cmsmind.com’

6.  Click on SiteMaps in Google Webmaster Tools

Click on the ‘Sitemaps’ heading under your website in Google Webmaster Tools.

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Click on Sitemap heading in Google Webmaster Tools
  • Click on ‘Sitemaps’ heading

7.  Add Sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools

Here you will submit your XML sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools.

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Add XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
  • Click on ‘Add/Test Sitemap

8.  Submit XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

Submit your XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.  This is the XML sitemap location that was specified in Step 6 in my previous tutorial on how to add a XML Sitemap to your Wordpress site.  The tutorial is here.  Usually your XML sitemap location is in your website.com/sitemap.xml.

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Submit XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
  • Add your XML Sitemap location
  • In the textbox type in ‘sitemap.xml’
  • Click on ‘Submit Sitemap

9.  See Sitemap Stats – Submitted vs Indexed in Google Webmaster Tools

After you have your sitemap up for a day, you will see the stats of your sitemap slowly increase.  There will be number of links submitted vs indexed into Google.  Submitted means number of your website pages that were detected and indexed were the number of website pages that Google indexed into it’s search engine. See my Google Webmaster Tools Sitemap stats (example).

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XML Sitemap Stats in Google Webmaster Tools

You can see these numbers increase over time.  Most times the number of pages submitted is greater than the number of pages indexed.

Thanks,

Elaine

 How to Submit XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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