SEO For Your Website: Sitemaps
How Sitemaps Affects Your Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
If your looking to move out of Google search obscurity and move into being noticed this is a great first step. SEO can be and feel very complicated and lets be honest, it is! However there are simple things you can do to put you in higher rankings. You would be shocked how little effort most businesses put into SEO so depending on your location and services doing some basic SEO can really put you on the map.
Below is some helpful information on how to find your sitemap even if you have a “user friendly” type website building like Squarespace and Wix which are arguably one of the most popular. There are many other options including WordPress.
In another article we will be showing you how to setup Google Search Console and how to navigate it. For now it may be best for you to shoot your website team an email to make sure your sitemap is submitted to Google Search Console for indexing!
How To Find The Sitemap For Wix & Squarespace
Where to find Wix sitemap
Where to find sitemap for Squarespace site
Where To Submit Your Sitemap
Submitting Your Sitemap To Google Search Console
Submitting your sitemap to Google Search Console gives Google a chance to crawl your website so that it can discover all your pages, images, and blog posts and begin indexing them for search reference.
Best Practices For Keeping Your Google Search Console Updated
Google claims that it will periodically scan your sitemap for any changes. However there is no indication how often that happens. Since I (and I’m sure you) don’t want to leave fate in the hands of an ambiguous timeline I would resubmit your sitemap and the URL of any pages/blog posts you have added EACH TIME you add them so you know for sure the pages are submitted to Google for crawling and indexing.
One benefit of this is it alerts Google that this is an active website (a rarity as far as % of websites) and will give it more of boost knowing that it’s a valuable resource for people and will continue to be.
Next Steps With Your Website SEO
Now that you have added your sitemap to Google you have a chance to focus on other parts of SEO like building out landing pages or adding additional blog posts to bring more value and give Google even more reason to suggest you in search!