In this highly competitive digital world, bring in the notice of Google and other search engines by beating the thousands of competitors is not that easy. Digital marketers have to put sincere efforts just to get the top rank in the SERP. There is an important factor SEO element called XML sitemaps. Today let’s talk about this interesting yet highly effective SEO element. Know what XML sitemap generation steps are.
An XML sitemap is helpful for search engines like Google to find the website’s pages in a trouble-free manner. If your website has the XML sitemap, then it would be smoothly recognized by the search engine. XML sitemap would help to improve the SEO of a website. Let’s move forward and know the steps of creating the XML sitemap.
Have The Look At The Step By Step Guide On Creating The XML Sitemap: –
For this, you need to open up the search engine optimization spider and copy the URL of the website which you have to crawl in the spider box. After that, click the start button.
Click On The XML Sitemap
In the uppermost menu, you have to click or choose on the ‘XML Sitemap’ option under the ‘Sitemaps’. Only you have to do is when the crawling would reach 100% and completed. Now you would have the various sitemap configuration options.
Choose ‘Pages’ To Add
The next step for creating it is to include the selected pages. HTML pages can be added in the internal tab by the crawl with approximately 200’ OK response in the sitemap by default. Here you don’t need to think about the errors such as a server, broken links, 3XX being added in the sitemap. There is an option for you to choose those things optionally. Also, one doesn’t need to include different pages such as canonicalized, paginated, PDF and others. And, the reason for it is that they can be adjusted with the XML sitemap configuration of the page according to your preference.
By using the filters, you can see the blocked, redirect and error URLs under the response tab. For that, you would require respective filters. You are able to analyze which URL would be the index, have a rel ‘prev’ link element and others in the directives tab.
Page Elimination Option Is There
Excluding the HTML 200 response pages outside of the configuration options can be excluded according to your wish. These are the pages that you probably don’t want to add in your eXtensible Markup Language sitemap.
Let’s understand it with an example, If you have the two pages that are the same, then one would count duplicate. In this case, you don’t need to include the duplicate page in your eXtensible Markup Language sitemap.
Now let’s make sure by knowing how duplicate pages would not be included in your eXtensible Markup Language sitemap-
If you find any unwanted URL or site, then during the pre-crawl configuration, you can easily exclude them. For that, you need to click on the exclude by visiting that particular unwanted website or URL during the pre-crawling process.
In addition, if you have already crawled those unwanted URLs in your pages, then you have to highlight those in the internal tap. For that, you need to visit the top window pane and by right click have to eliminate or remove them before the final creation of it.
For deleting, filtering and excelling the URLs, which you don’t want to include in the XML sitemap, you have to go to the internal tab for excel.
Select The Modified Date
Including the last modified date is completely depends on you. It is an optional attribute, if you want, then include it on the XML sitemap otherwise don’t. It is mainly mentioned for telling the search engine when the page was updated last time. If you don’t want to include this attribute, then you have to ‘untick’ when you get the choice while creating the XML map.
Priority Of URLs Has To Choose
Priority attribute is like the modified date attribute. Both are optional and depend on you whether you want to include them or not in the sitemap of XML. This attribute is basically used for providing a hint to the search engines about the significance of any URL related to other URLs.
Apart from this, you can configure the level of the URLs under the ‘level’ column in the ‘internal’ tab with the aid of the SEO spider. There is one important thing to note is that if you set the priority of any URL, then it would not influence the search engine score. This is mainly set just to set and increasing the likelihood of the pages being crawled as well as indexed.
Choose change frequency of URLs
The change frequency of URLs in the XML sitemap is set just to give the slightest hint of how frequently the page is changing. It is another option attribute you would encounter whiling creating the XML map. You can set it to daily if it is not changed in the last 24 hours.
Add Images In Sitemap
Adding an image to the XML sitemap would be the completely entire option. If you would like to add the image to your XML sitemap, then tick on the ‘include images’ option and all pictures under the ‘internal tab’ will be included by default.
If you have the hreflag already on the site either it is via HTTP header or attributes, you can choose for adding the hreflang into the sitemap of XML. Note that the SEO spider only adds the hreflang with the sitemap if you would already have the HTTP header and attributes.
Create XML sitemap by Clicking on ‘Next’
After following the above steps, not you have to move to click on the ‘next’ for creating it. Also, remember that a sitemap file can’t contain more than 50000 URLs. And, the size of the file can’t be larger than 50 MB.
Finally XML Sitemap To The Search Engine(Google)
Now you are ready to submit your XML sitemap to the search engines such as Google and others. You can use the webmaster tools and others for the submission of an XML sitemap. It helps to easily track the indexing.
Insert The Created XML Sitemap Into Robots.txt File
Now you can include the created line-entry anywhere within the robots.txt file.
Hope this information would be really helpful for you. And, Give you enough understanding that how to create the ideal XML sitemap that even in a trouble-free manner.