A sitemap is a file that contains a list of all your site’s pages. It provides Google with information about your site’s pages. Every web24 site contains a sitemap, which is automatically generated by our server and is always kept up to date with your site’s information. You can view your sitemap by adding sitemap.xml to the end of your domain name. For example: mystunningwebsite.com/sitemap.xml.
You can submit your sitemap directly to Google. This makes it easier for Google to find all of the pages of your site and can improve the speed of Google crawling and indexing.
We recommend submitting your sitemap each time you publish new changes on your site.
In order to submit your sitemap to Google you must first verify the ownership of your domain with Google Search Console.
To submit your sitemap:
- Select your site on your Google Search Console home page.
- Click Sitemaps from the menu on the left.
- In the text field next to your domain, type sitemap.xml (mystunningwebsite.com/sitemap.xml).
Note: Do not enter any additional text. For example, do not enter the page name.
- Click Submit.
If you receive the error message “Your sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead,” make sure that you have entered sitemap.xml to the text field next to your domain (step 3).
If you have connected your site to Google using web24 SEO Wiz your sitemap is automatically submitted to Google. Any subsequent changes that you publish must be submitted manually, as per the instructions above.
- To submit a page to Google, click here.
- To submit a page to Bing, click here.