WHAT IS SITEMAP?
A sitemap is a blueprint of our websites that helps search engine to find, index and crawling all of our website content. This will also tell search engine to which page is important on our website.
There are two different types of sitemaps
- HTML sitemap
- XML sitemap
Here we will see about the XML sitemap
WHAT IS XML SITEMAP?
A XML is a sitemap that will lists all the pages on our websites which will make the search engine to crawl and index our content. This sitemap are written for search bots not for users. It also helps search engine to understand which will be the most important URLs in a site. There are four types of XML sitemap,
- Image sitemap
- Video sitemap
- News sitemap
- Mobile sitemap
An image sitemap is for optimized images in websites. Having image sitemap helping images to get features in image searches.
Similar to the image sitemap the video sitemap will used to get more features for search engine result page. It helps to understand more about the video content.
This sitemap is for the news websites. News sitemap doesn’t contain article which are published more than two days. It doesn’t contain more than 1000 URLs.
This mobile sitemap I not for mobile friendly websites. A mobile sitemap only required if you have specially formatted version designed for mobile.
HOW TO CRETAE A XML SITEMAP IN WORDPRESS?
AUTO GENERATED SITEMAP
WordPress includes a basic sitemap without use of the plugin. This automatically generate sitemap includes your post, post types, categories, tags and archived posts. Therefore it also includes the anything you might have no-indexed, which can cause no errors on our sites. There is no way to optimize your website without knowing the PHP code. So if you want add more features in sitemap and want to do any customize auto-generated sitemap than you need to use WordPress plugin.
CREATE A SITEMAP USING WORDPRESS PLUGIN
There is an easy way to create a sitemap using the most powerful and user friendly AIOSEO plugin. In this AIOSEO, you can make sure that the Google knows which pages are important on our website and ranks only the high quality content. You can also easily customize the website, so that will optimize our website for higher traffic.
Therefore you can also include and exclude,
- Images and galleries
- Password protected posts
- Custom post types
- Media attachments pages
- Archive pages for tags, categories, authors.
AIOSEO will also automatically notifies search engine you publish update or delete on your site. Also have the option to add video sitemap and Google news sitemap.
Now let’s see how to see how to create a sitemap in WordPress using AIOSEO plugin.
Step 1: To get started, go to the sitemap in All in one SEO menu, click on the main navigation button at the top of the main navigation menu.
Step 2: It will open the General sitemap window, where you can see the enable sitemap is on. After that you can you can click the open sitemap to see the sitemap of your website.
Step 3: Than you will the index page of our sitemap in your website. In the index page you can see the link of your sitemap.
Step 1: let’s start that you have to enable the sitemap or not. If you have a small website you don’t need to enable the sitemap.
Step 2: Next you need to set the links per sitemap of your website.
Step 3: Than you need to select which content to take place in the sitemap. There are two types post types and taxonomies. If you want to add all content of your website simply enable both two. If you want to modify the content than you will the content you want in both the post types and taxonomies.
USES OF XML SITEMAP
- List all your URLs in the sitemap. This includes the pages that the search engine couldn’t be found.
- This sitemap will give priority to your important pager that you will be added in the sitemap. Search engine bots will first focus on the priority pages.
- You can also access google bot activities.
- It will also notifies the search engine when you have update or publish the content.