“Submit Your Sitemap”!! Wow…the world of web is full of jargon.
Lets learn another terminology from the chronicles of web design!!
After designing a website, there are few leftover activities to be completed before your site is fully up and running. One of the activity is creating and submitting a sitemap to Google Search Console.
A sitemap is an xml file that contains all the information of your site. Google reads this file and use it for crawling your site. Information
include content on the pages, posts, titles, keywords, embedded media like video, audio and photos, languages used, content updation frequency and time, how the pages are linked etc.
Additional reading: https://www.sitemaps.org/index.html
Note that crawling is a process by which search engines crawler/spiders/bots scan a website and collect details about each page.
Submitting your sitemap to google will help search engine discover your site. It is a way to tell the world that you have created a new site. If you do not submit a sitemap, your site maybe online for months before Google will even know it was there or indexed the pages on their site. Mind it that submitting a sitemap is your first step to get traffic to your site.
Steps to submit your website to Google Search Console
Step1: Login to Google Search Console
Step2: Select your website from the sidebar
Step3: Enter ‘sitemap_index.xml’ in the ‘Add a new sitemap’ field.
Step4: Once your “Submit” the entry, you will get a conformation window. Your website will appear in the sitemap window.
Congratulations! You have just added your sitemap to Google!!