Submit XML sitemaps to Google Search Console

Purpose

Submitting XML sitemaps to Google Search Console makes it easier for Google to discover your web content. As a result, this procedure can significantly improve the speed and rate of your website’s indexing and re-indexing in Google Search.

Scope

The tools required to perform this procedure are:

Procedure

  1. Go to your website’s WordPress Dashboard and navigate to SEO > XML Sitemaps. Confirm that the XML Sitemaps feature is enabled.

    WordPress: XML Sitemaps in Yoast SEO
    WordPress: XML Sitemaps in Yoast SEO
  2. Go to Google Search Console, navigate to Crawl > Sitemaps for the correct property and click Add/Test Sitemap.

    Google Search Console: Add/Test Sitemap
    Google Search Console: Add/Test Sitemap
  3. Enter sitemap_index.xml into the field and click Submit.

    Google Search Console: Submit Sitemap
    Google Search Console: Submit Sitemap
  4. Click Refresh.

    Google Search Console: Sitemaps Refresh
    Google Search Console: Sitemaps Refresh
  5. Confirm the XML sitemap is submitted.

    Google Search Console: Sitemaps Submitted
    Google Search Console: Sitemaps Submitted

References

  • Build and submit a sitemap, Search Console Help, accessed February 27, 2018.

Revision history

Version Released Changes
1.0.0. 2018-02-27 First version released.
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