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5 Submit a sitemap

After verifying the site with Google Search Console our next goal is to fetch your site in Google search. For that we need to submit a sitemap of the site.

How to create a web sitemap?

First thing is you need to decide what sitemap format you want to use. You can submit the following types of sitemaps:

  • XML sitemap

Google supports the standard sitemap protocol. Google also supports XML extensions for video, images, mobile, and news resources; use these extensions to describe video files, images, and other hard-to-parse content on your site to improve how Google indexes these resources.

Below is the basic XML sitemap that includes the location of a single URL

xml sitemap creation

  • RSS sitemap

If you have a blog with an RSS or Atom feed, you can submit the feed’s URL as a sitemap. Most blog software is able to create a feed for you, but recognize that this feed only provides information on recent URLs.

  • Text sitemap

If your sitemap includes only web page URLs, you can provide Google with a simple text file that contains one URL per line. For example:

  • Google sites sitemap

If you’ve created and verified a site using Google Sites, Sites will automatically generate a sitemap for you. You cannot modify the sitemap, but you can submit it to Google  if you want to read the sitemap report data.

You can create your sitemap manually or choose from a number of third-party tools to generate your sitemap for you.

Go to sitemap under Crawl option in search console. Click on “ADD SITEMAP” button and provide the link to your sitemap.

submit sitemap to Google

After submitting the sitemap, Google starts crawling to site pages. Crawling may take some time so Google will not show site pages internal links in the search result immediately.