An XML sitemap is an encoded file that helps search engines index your content. Using an XML sitemap on your site may not increase your rankings itself, but it will help Google find and understand the relationships between content on your site.
This results in more indexed content – and more pages in Google’s index means more traffic.
In this article, we’ll show you how to create an XML sitemap on your WordPress website quickly and easily.
Installing and configuring the Google XML Sitemaps plugin
In order to create an XML sitemap on your site, we’re going to use a WordPress plugin called Google XML Sitemaps. You can download it here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/
Once you’ve downloaded the plugin, you can install the plugin via your WordPress dashboard by choosing Plugins > Add New. Alternatively, you can search for Google XML Sitemaps in the plugin directory and install straight from there. Once you’ve installed the plugin, be sure to activate it.
Build your sitemap for the first time
Once you’ve installed the plugin, browse to Settings > XML-Sitemap in your dashboard. Before your sitemap will be active, you’ll need to build it for the first time. In the upper section of the sitemap settings, you’ll see a link instructing you to build your sitemap.
Click it. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
Once you’ve done that, it’s all uphill. Your sitemap will be installed and your robots.txt file will be automatically updated to point search engines to your sitemap. Any time you create new content on the site, your sitemap will be updated.
Have you successfully installed a sitemap on your site? Leave a comment below and let us know.