How to Submit an XML Sitemap to Google Search Console
What is the most important reason your business has a website?
It seems like a dumb question but we all know the answer: It is so that people will buy your products and services.
Now, if they can’t find your website, they can’t buy your products or services. This makes the elements of any strong website important: keyword phrases, search engine optimization, high-resolution images, alt tags, easy navigation, and mobile-readiness.
Another important aspect of people finding your website is the XML Sitemap. It acts as a road map to your small business website. As Yoast explains:
You want Google to crawl every important page of your website, but sometimes pages end up without any internal links pointing to them, making them hard to find. An XML sitemap lists a website’s important pages, making sure Google can find and crawl them all, and helping it understand your website structure.
Many small business websites also have blog pages. Blogs are a crucial element in SEO and marketing of a product or service. Once you have written a blog and published it on the website, it should also be added to the XML sitemap.
Here is how you do it using Loebig Ink blogs as an example:
- First, log into Google Search Console
- Then, go to Sitemaps on the left side menu:
- Next, click on Sitemaps where it says “Add a new sitemap”:
4. Once you have clicked it on, then type in “sitemap.xml” in the form and hit “submit”:
5. Once it has been submitted, you will get this report:
Google can now find these blogs posts quickly using the XML sitemap. They are indexed and can be found much easier by search engines which will point the visitor to the link. Once they have clicked on the link, they will now be on your website! Thus, you have increased traffic to your website, educated and engaged the visitor and sold your products and services.
If you would like for your small business website blogs to be search engine optimized, contact Loebig Ink, LLC. We can write, optimize, post and submit the XML Sitemap for your blogs every month. For more information, contact us at (301) 244-TECH or email@example.com.