To use this Google Sitemap Submitter and Pinger, just enter your full sitemap URL (with http or https) and click submit.
Upon successful submission, you will see a message like this:
Sitemap Notification Received Your Sitemap has been successfully added to our list of Sitemaps to crawl. If this is the first time you are notifying Google about this Sitemap, please add it via http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ so you can track its status. Please note that we do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear.
How to Submit a Sitemap to Google?
In the modern digital age, creating a new website is a pretty straightforward task. However, there are some common problems which are faced by many people while doing this. For example, many people do not know how to get their website listed in popular search engines like Google. In fact, some people also feel that they need to make payments to Google or other search engines in order to get their site listed. That, however, is a misconception.
You do not need to pay anything to show your website in a Google search. All you need to do is to help Google find your site. You can do that easily by generating a Sitemap file for your site and submitting it to Google. On a related note, the Google search console (previously known as Google Webmaster tool) is a free-to-use tool which allows you to manage your website from the search engine’s point of view.
In this article, I will help you understand what a sitemap is, and why it is important to submit it to Google.
What is a sitemap?
Basically, a sitemap is an XML file having the URLs inside your site. It aids crawlers in locating all off your site’s URLs. A crawler tends to follow several aspects of your website, like the number of URLs in your sitemap and the size of your sitemap. Thus, a sitemap serves as a wholesome index of your website that search engine bots should see. You have to submit this file to search engines in order to let them know about all your site’s pages.
In the case of a regular website, you simply need to create a sitemap file using an online sitemap generator and submit it to webmaster tools of Bing and Google. Regarding sites hosted on WordPress, you can make use of plugins which automatically keep updating the sitemap file as you publish new posts. Thus, you will not have to submit a new sitemap every time you publish a new post.
It is recommendable for you to put up the link to your sitemap file at your website’s footer. That will enable search engine bots to efficiently find and follow this file and crawl your blog better. Let us now understand how to create and submit a sitemap file for your site.
Creating and submiting a sitemap file for your WordPress site
Depending on the platform you’re using for your site, you can create sitemaps using various methods. For example, you can use a well-known SEO plugin known as Yoast SEO to prepare WordPress sitemaps. Similarly, in the case of static sites, you can take the help of various online tools and offline software to create sitemaps.
Once you have generated the sitemap file, you can submit it to Google by following the steps given below:
- Visit the Google search console and login there.
- Choose your website and click on “Sitemaps” in the sidebar on the left side of the page.
- Proceed to add your sitemap URL in the blank field under “add a new sitemap”, and click the Submit button when done.
Once you have done this, Google will crawl the sitemap file you submitted and will begin crawling and indexing all the links which are listed in that file.
Depending on the kind of sitemap you have created, you will be able to submit it on this page. If your site features quite a lot of images, you should consider generating an image sitemap. Similarly, if there are a lot of video files on your website, you could go for a video sitemap. Rank Math, Yoast SEO and Google XML sitemaps are great options to create image sitemaps for WordPress blogs. Keep in mind that if you submit a sitemap for a new blog, it might take a while for the index status to be displayed to you.
Once the index status comes up, you will be able to see the number of URLs submitted via sitemap and the number of links indexed by Google. If you submit different sitemaps for the videos and images, you will be able to see the status for those links as well. After submitting your blog sitemap to the Google search engine, you can try repeating the process with the Bing Webmaster Tool. With this, congratulate yourself for a task well done!
Using my tools to ping your sitemap to Google
If you have added your sitemap to Google Search Console, you can use this tool to manually ping your sitemap to Google without logging in.
Just enter your full sitemap URL (with http or https) and click submit.