How to Submit A Sitemap to Google Search Console Using Rank Math.
WHAT IS A SITE MAP?
In a simple explanation, a sitemap is an organized XML file containing all the URLs of your website which helps search engine bots find your website easily.
To understand it simply think of your website as a book and the sitemap as the table of content. Sitemaps are generally arranged in a hierarchical manner to help search engines crawl your content effectively.
Keep in mind that your site map is merely a suggestion and it is up to google to follow it. By using a site map you are specifying to web bots saying:
‘Hey, these are a list of URLs I want you to index.’
Using the rank math plugin, it combines all the individual sitemaps that contain posts, videos, pages all-inclusive in a single sitemap index. By doing this you save time spent manually building a sitemap, all you have to do is submit the link to the google search console it automatically updates when you change the site content and structure in the future.
In this knowledgebase article, I'm going to walk you through how to submit a sitemap to Google in four easy steps; let’s get started:
In the search console dashboard go to the index section and click on sitemaps.
Enter “sitemap_index.xml” in the Add a new sitemap field in order to complete the sitemap URL as seen below.
Click on submit and your sitemap will be submitted to google. You can also ensure that the sitemap is not cached. Also, if you are using the Analytics feature of Rank Math, it will automatically submit the sitemap.