In the last post, we went over instructions for creating a Sitemap using a 3rd party website.
Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps search engines crawl your site. If there is anything that I can do to ensure that more pages of my site are found...I'm doing it! Learning how to use these Google Webmaster Tools is as important as making your art or craft.
For this post, you need your Sitemap URL to submit it to Google (or any other search engine such as Bing.)
If you aren't sure which file is your sitemap file....the file name should look like something like this example: http://www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml
I found my sitemap URL (but just in case) and tested it in a browser.
To test your sitemap if you aren't sure that you're doing this right (like me)
Copy the URL and paste it into your browser.
If you CLICK on the link below....it will show you what my Sitemap looks like. https://harrieteestelberman.com/sitemap.xml
Sitemaps look like nothing except code and URLs.
READY to submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools?
CLICK on Optimization > then CLICK on Sitemaps.
Paste the site map address from your blog or website provider in the window on Google Webmaster Tools. It should look like the image above.
I pasted my website's sitemap URL https://harrieteestelberman.com/sitemap.xml into the window (the image shows the URL from my old website).
Keep in mind that I didn't paste in the whole URL ...just the part that was missing........from the box ..... sitemap.xml
I DID IT!!!!!!
You can too!!!!
This post was updated on July 28, 2022, to provide current links.