Google XML Sitemaps Plugin WordPress: Automatic Sitemap Generator

by Anil Agarwal

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When we think of doing SEO for our WordPress blogs, one of very few things that comes to our mind is how to go about indexing it on Google and other search engines. We can improve the indexing speed of our WordPress blogs through Google XML Sitemaps. But the question arise is how we can create them. Since you are using WordPress, there must be some Google XML Sitemaps plugin available that you can use to generate automatic XML Sitemaps for your WordPress pages and posts etc.

That’s true there are some plugins available in WordPress Plugins Directory that we can use to create XML sitemaps for WordPress blogs. Today I’m going to talk about Google XML Sitemaps Plugin for WordPress from Arne Brachhold. I myself have been using this plugin on Bloggers Passion blog as a way to get my blog contents crawled faster in all major search engines including Google,Yahoo and Bing etc.

How to Install Google XML Sitemaps Plugin

There are two methods you can actually use to install this Plugin into Your WordPress blog. First method is downloading the plugin into your local drive and then uploading into plugins directory with the help of an FTP client. You can download the latest version of Google XML Sitemaps Plugin from WordPress Plugins directory here. There is second and easiest method that can be used if you are installing a plugin, available in WordPress plugin directory. Most of the time I used the second approach where we can install a plugin directory from our WordPress Dashboard:

Step 1: Go to Plugins link available in left navigation menu and click Add New link

Step 2: Make Search with Google XML Sitemaps term in the search box available. Most probably, the very first link that you will see in the list of Google XML Sitemaps plugin list is By Arne Brachhold

Step 3: Click Install Now link available and then one popup will open up asking you whether you want to install this plugin or not. Click Yes from the opened popup window

Step 4: Next window will show you that this plugin has installed successfully now you just need to activate it by clicking the Activate Plugin link available

This is how you can easily install this plugin into your WordPress blog in 2 minutes time only. Here is a screenshot showing it’s Basic options which can be accessed from Settings –> XML-Sitemap in your WordPress left side menu section.

Google XML Sitemaps Plugin Basic Options Screen from Bloggers Passion blog

Features of Google XML Sitemaps Plugin by Arne Brachhold

Here are some features you will love about Google XML Sitemaps plugin developed by Arne Brachhold:

  • XML Sitemap plugin is available for download from WordPress 1.5 version to the latest version. So whichever WordPress version you using, you can use this plugin to create XML sitemap for your WordPress blog.
  • You can easily customize lots of parameters like setting priorities, XML sitemap location, Content types for which XML Sitemap need to be generated and change frequency etc.
  • Can send automatic notification to Google, Yahoo and Bing about the latest changes in XML Sitemap.
  • Available in many languages and can create sitemap for any type of WordPress pages.
  • This plugin can generate both Static XML file and Zip file.

How to Submit Google XML Sitemap

Google XML sitemap file will be automatically uploaded in your website root folder. You can access your WordPress blog latest XML sitemap file by accessing this URL format in address bar: Yourdomainname.com/sitemap.xml. For Bloggers Passion blog, Google XML Sitemap File can be accesses from here.

Since your XML Sitemap file is now up on your website and it’s time to submit your XML sitemap into major search engine including Google, Yahoo and Bing. You can submit your XML Sitemap file to Google by create a Google Webmaster Tools account here. You can submit your XML Sitemap to Yahoo and Bing by creating an account on their webmaster tools.

I recently submitted the XML Sitemap for Bloggers Passion blog to Google via my Google webmaster Tools account. The result I’m getting in my Google Webmaster Tools account is 476 pages submitted and 470 pages indexed. Here is a screenshot showing the same.

Google XML Sitemaps Plugin Submission Google Webmaster Tools Account Bloggers Passion

I hope the tips mentioned above will help you Generate XML Sitemap Automatically for your WordPress blog using the Google XML Sitemaps Plugin and then can submit it to Google and other search engines. And for standard websites, you can create XML sitemap for free from xml-sitemaps.com website.

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Ehsan

I have used this plugin ones but it didn’t took all of my blog pages to sitemap. It leaved many posts of my blog that was the reason I deactivated this plugin.

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Anil Agarwal

@Ashish and Ehsan

You should create a post in Google XML Sitemaps Plugin Support Section here http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/google-sitemap-generator to get better solutions for your problems

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Ashish

I am getting crawler error for the tags in the google webmaster tool,I have already enabled the tag option.It is also showing access denied,please help me out andthanks for sharing this post.

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Hillary Bost

I use that same exact plugin and It works better than the others I have seen, great review.

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Brian Dao

I tried to use this plugin on my site but it doesn’t generate the site map. Instead, my current site map which I generated somewhat semi-automatically got wiped out.

Has anyone run into the same issue?

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Anil Agarwal

I have been using this plugin successfully on my blog for some time now and I did not face any issues with it. That was the only reason I shared it with my blog readers. You can check my blog sitemap here http://bloggerspassion.com/sitemap.xml which is generated by Google XML Sitemaps plugin

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Satish

Very well explained :) I really like the article from starting para. I was using another plugin called Google sitemap xml by itechnologies. This created a lot of problems to my pages and made me loose valuable traffic. Thanks for your amazing tutorial.. Its really helpful :)

Tips: Change the spelling mistake in the 2nd para, 3rd line (I himself have been) to (I myself have been)

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Anil Agarwal

Correction done Satish

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Dean Saliba

Easily one of my favourite plugins. I have only used it to help put my blog pages intop Google (and other search engines) as quickly as possible. And I have NO complaints at all. :)

In fact the only trouble I have ever had is that sometimes I have to go into my FTP and change the chmod settings to allow the plugin to work sometimes.

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