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Create and optimize a sitemap in Google for WordPress

Very fast development of WordPress, and just information to colleagues that some WordPress tutorials and previous WordPress Trick on apphackonline may be something that is not in line with the way I give. Maybe the intention I gave is correct but it might be different way of delivering it. This is because of changes to the menu layout and appearance in the new WordPress Dashboarb. Then in the article Creating and Optimizing a Sitemap Into Google for WordPress.com I adjust to the latest WordPress version at this time. And do not rule out the possibility in the future this way will also change according to the development of WordPress.

Definition of a Sitemap

A sitemap is one of the tools that makes it easy to introduce sitemaps on a website. That way, the Google engine can easily explore and reach the pages that are in a blog. As with web sites in general, blogs also need a sitemap so that search engines easily detect the content in it.

Returning to the topic ” Creating and Optimizing a Sitemap Into Google for WordPress.com “ . In the previous WordPress development to make a sitemap there were still many who used a simple method, namely by creating an archive page.




 But now WordPress has embedded a sitemap without having to make it difficult for users to create it. If you just found out or want to test the truth of the existence of a sitemap on WordPress, you can see it by adding /sitemap.xml at the end of your blog’s URL.

For example, http://www.bloganda.wordpress.com /sitemap.xml

To maximize or optimize our blog to be easily indexed by Google, a sitemap in WordPress is still not enough. Previously, let’s see what steps we should take to optimize the sitemap on a blog:

  1. Make a sitemap for blogs in XML format.
  2. Upload and integrate the sitemap into the blog.
  3. Register a blog and submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster.

We discuss one by one,

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Creating a Sitemap for Blogs in XML Format
For WordPress users this is not a problem, because now the WordPress blog has a sitemap embedded in the xml format. But it would be nice if you check it first so you feel confident. How do I explain above by adding /sitemap.xml at the end of the blog URL.

Upload and Integrate a Sitemap into a Blog
This method is also not a problem for WordPress users. Because WordPress has embedded sitemap.xml on blogs and this sitemap is automatically linked to the blog itself. So you don’t need to be confused to upload a sitemap.xml file into your blog and also to integrate it.

But if you want your blog to look like it has a sitemap in the eyes of visitors. You can install a link that points to the sitemap page by installing it on the navbar.

Register Blog And Submit Sitemap To Google Webmaster
For this method maybe some WordPress users have not done it. In this final way a blog informs Google and so that Google can crawl the pages periodically. For that, it may require a guidance on how to do it, here I give the steps:

  1. Please go to www.google.com/webmasters/
  2. Click the [Sign in to Webmaster Tools] button .
  3. To log in, enter your Google email address and password.
  4. Then you will be taken to the Google Webmaster page, on this page click the [ADD A SITE] button to register your blog.
  5. The Add a Site column appears , enter the blog URL in the format www.bloganda.wordpress.com and click the [Continue] button .
  6. If the URL registration is successful, you will be taken to the Verify ownership page which serves to verify the legal ownership of the blog that you registered.
  7. Click the Alternate methods tab and check the [Add a meta tag to your site’s home page] . Then copy the meta tag (don’t close this page yet).
  8. Please login to your WordPress Dashboard, select the menu [Tools]> [Available Tools] then paste the meta tag into the column [Google Webmaster Tools] then click the [Save Changes] button .
  9. Return to the Verify ownership page , then click the [Verify] button .
  10. If verification is successful a Verification successful notification will appear .
  11. To enter the sitemap, click the [¬ęGo back] button to return to the Google Webmaster main page. And select the menu [Site configuration]> [Sitemaps] .
  12. Click the [Submit a Sitemap] button , write sitemap.xml in the column and finish by clicking the [Submit Sitemap] button .
  13. While Google will do a check on your blog, be patient until Google finds your blog page marked by the appearance of the number of URLs that have been indexed by Google. If it still doesn’t appear, refresh your browser.

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