A sitemap is a file that contains a list of all your website's pages and gives Google this information. To make it easier for Google to find all of the pages of your site and improve the speed of Google crawling and indexing you can submit your sitemap directly.
💡 Note: In order to submit your sitemap to Google you must first verify the ownership of your domain with Google Search Console.
To submit your sitemap to Google, follow these steps:
- Select your site on your Google Search Console home page.
- In the navigation menu on the left click Crawl, and then Sitemaps.
- Click ADD/TEST SITEMAP.
- A text field appears with your domain name filled in. Next to your domain, type sitemap.xml, then Submit.
💡 Note: Do not enter any additional text such as the page name.
- You will see a notification that your sitemap has been submitted and can click Refresh page to see it.
💡 Note: We recommend to resubmit your sitemap regularly (e.g. once a month) to make sure any updates on your website are reflected and Google's memory is refreshed. To do so, follow the previous steps and then instead of going to Sitemaps, just click Fetch as Google.