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.
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.
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.