So, you’ve just built a website based on WordPress and you want it to be more visible to the search systems. There are many practices comprising internal linking, blog embedding, and keywords use, which are intended to improve SEO. But if you’ve just tried them all and are still looking for more methods, XML site maps and their creation are worth considering the next.
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So, without any further delay, let’s get started.
Let’s begin with the fundamentals before we move on to the actual practice of creating site maps.
An XML sitemap is a folder that contains important site pages and indicates how long ago you’ve conducted their update. This way, the sitemap lets Google and other web spiders understand the site structure and index the needed pages.
A sitemap as an XML file that is easily digestible by crawlers looks this way.
While site maps can be beneficial for almost everyone who runs a web resource, there are still some cases in which they are especially crucial.
Although site maps are not new to web users, various misconceptions still exist around them; for example, every page of the site should be included in the xml file.
The truth is that the sitemap should contain the pages you have specified for indexing and crawling. If that is possible, make sure to carve up website pages into two categories: one for the pages you want users to land on from web crawlers and the other for pages you don’t want them to. Include the pages from the first category in the XML sitemap and set a condition that they should not be blocked by robots.txt. Do the exact opposite with pages you don’t want to be accessed from web spiders.
After Google, “In most cases, your site will benefit from having a sitemap, and you'll never be penalized for having one.” This might be a compelling reason to create it. But still, there are much more advantages of having a sitemap created.
So, with all the benefits of XML sitemap to keep in mind, let’s find out how to create one without leveraging corresponding add-ons.
There are different ways you can create a sitemap.xml file in WordPress. Some of them require the use of add-ons, such as Yoast SEO or Google XML Sitemaps, while others allow for a non-plugin way—which is something we will cover in this paragraph.
Every time you publish a new page or post, WordPress will call for a sitemap.xml file and the code in there will remove older content and write a new one.
A sitemap is a folder that contains valuable data about pages and other files on the site. It tells the search systems what pages you want to be accessed by web users, hence leading to a smarter crawling process.
You might need a sitemap if you have: a large website with tree folder structure, a site containing poorly-linked archived content, or a recently launched site with a few external links or multimedia content. In case you run a small website with well-organized internal linking and not many media files, you might not need a sitemap.
There are a few methods you can go with to create a sitemap either using the corresponding add-ons or choosing the non-plugin way.
For this purpose, leverage plugins like Yoast SEO or Google XML Sitemaps.
Having a sitemap on the site significantly boosts SEO by letting search programs easily find your pages and crawl them all in the order you specify.
When it comes to improving website ranking, an XML sitemap is king. It is proved to be an effective method intended to boost SEO and let people and search robots find the website faster. Besides, you can get full control over indexation by specifying what pages you want the crawlers to land on and index. So, put your doubts aside and try a sitemap as soon as possible.
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