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How to Submit Sitemaps to Search Engines

Updated on January 20, 2015

What Is A Sitemap?

Sitemaps are generally XML files that list every single page of your website, and are thought of as a good record of your site and its contents. They're used by search engines to "see" your site as a whole in an instant, know your site's hierarchy, and decide how to process the individual pieces of your site.

What About Updating Sitemaps?

As you may have imagined, sitemaps need to be updated every single time your website's structure is updated. In other words, if a web page is deleted, moved, or created, those actions should also be reflected on your sitemap. Thankfully, there is no longer any need to do this manually anymore, as a sitemap generator will do the hard work for you.

Do I Really Need One?

Technically, no...however, it is a tool that is used directly by search engines, and therefore, an obvious advantage to anyone who actually uses one. Since search engines use them to help crawl your site, you'll really want to have one in place!

How Do I Create A Sitemap?

Having a sitemap is extremely important for proper site indexing. Creating a sitemap is a simple process, with the many free third party sitemap generation services or plugins out there.

Using a Sitemap Generator

Free services like XML-Sitemaps.com will simply ask you for your site's URL, and will being crawling your site while compiling a downloadable XML sitemap that you can simply drop into your FTP space. There's even the official Google Sitemap Generator, which is another free service that will perform this task on the server-side.

If you use Wordpress, the free plugin Google XML Sitemaps will auto-generate an XML sitemap for you. You'll have to manually generate the sitemap (it's a simple 1-click process) every time you create or delete a web page.

Synching Sitemaps with Webmaster Tools

Using any of these services will create a compliant file that can then be manually submitted to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. The file can also be plugged in to your Google Webmaster Tools or Bing Webmaster Tools accounts, which specifically have sections just for sitemap administration. Below, we'll review this feature for both accounts!

Google Sitemap Submission

Google has the nicest sitemap submission method around: it's called Google Webmaster, and it's a fully functional administration panel that you can use to manage all of your sites. It is an invaluable free service that lets you monitor your sites, beyond what Analytics can do for your site statistics.

To submit a sitemap to Google, create a free Google Webmaster Tools account. Add your site(s) directly on the front page, then click its link, and look for the "Sitemaps" link on the left bar. Click "Add sitemap" and follow the instructions. Type in the remainder of the URL to let Google know where that particular site's XML sitemap is located...save, and you're done!

Bing Sitemap Submission

Google isn't the only one offering webmasters an administration tool for its websites: Bing has their own version, and it's called Bing Webmaster Center. You can simply add a site URL and path to its XML file within it.

Just like Google, it also asks you to upload a file for site verification, in which you'll have to copy and paste some code into an XML file, and upload that file to the root directory. The tool will then start to provide data about the number of pages indexed, and you'll also be able to resubmit the sitemap if necessary.

Yahoo Sitemap Submission

Yahoo's old webmaster tools feature, originally called "Yahoo Site Explorer," no longer exists. Bing began powering Yahoo search in 2009, and Bing Webmaster Tools became the sitemap administration service for Yahoo, as well.

When you use Bing Webmaster Tools, it will manage your sites on both Bing and Yahoo. So, when you submit your XML sitemap to it (see the instructions above), it will update both search engines with your new information.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    I ve already used this technics for my website www.viameo.net and it's working really wonderful

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    how to submit my sit : bhieneka.blogspot.com to ask search engine :S

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    charmingvices lm 4 years ago

    This appears not to work any longer, with the comment "PROBLEM LOADING PAGE".

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    Steve Jones 4 years ago from Birmingham UK

    Another useful lens. Thanks again...

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    Ask.com Sitemap Crawler is Down (for good)...

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    we cant submit www.shuttermaster.com.ph to ask .com there is an error that Host Not Found

    You attempted to access: submissions.ask.com

    what went wrong?

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    i've tried to submit my sitemap to ask.com with your code but failed. can you explain it? thanks

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    Sabre1000 4 years ago

    How do you do "Verify your ownership" on Webmaster tools?

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    after creating the sitemap is necessary first to submit google sitemap index of website information

    I did so with: property, buy the Car

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    Can't submit my website to ask following the intructions

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    i add my site but the link doent occur whta is the problem please help

    http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www.mobilyala.com/sitemap.xml

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I did this for www.sazoo.co.uk and it worked a treat.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Good help but i make a sitemap for www.sareeoutlet.com and submit in google it shows only 133 pages indexed instead of that my website have 1325 pages in sitemap. how all pages indexed in google.

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    Close2Art LM 6 years ago

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    Lindrus 6 years ago

    Good information and clearly explained. Thanks!

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    Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

    I had heard of the concept, but did not know how to actually do a sitemap submission. Thanks.

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    andreloxas 6 years ago

    Small article, great information! Thank you!

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    Abhinav1994 6 years ago

    @anonymous: Good informative SEO article, it helps and give guidelines to submit xml sitemap.

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    Raulbesquival 6 years ago

    Create site map for website is very easy method here how to get it done Google , Yahoo, Bing and Ask . Usually site map created as an XML like tree form directory . site map is very important for proper site indexing, its very easy to create site map with the help of free services.

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    luzgames 6 years ago

    Great information about getting your site indexed.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    im having trouble verifying my squidoo sites on web master tools anyone help?

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    aishu19 6 years ago

    Thanks for this information. I dont think I knew that there were submission sites for site maps. Website owners should know this.

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    ahmad1228 6 years ago

    thank you for this info and

    you can simply use to submit your site map into google,yahoo,bing,ask and moreover

    http://sitemap-ping.info/

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    Very helpful guidance.

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    Nice lens. Helpful information.

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    Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

    I never really knew what was meant by "site map." Thanks for explaining this. It's not something I've done ... yet.

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    webmasterforums 6 years ago

    Very informative and vital step to send your sites these sources.

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    WindowCoverings 6 years ago

    Thanks for this info !

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Nice

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    thesuccess2 6 years ago

    Great stuff. WordPress has a sitemap plugin

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    pablo_galante 6 years ago

    thanks for great information

    am currently building this sitemap

    http://www.rightflat.co.uk

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    Pixelrage LM 6 years ago

    @lottoking: Thank you Lance - much appreciated!! Glad it was of help.

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    lottoking 6 years ago

    The information on this site for sitemap submission is very informative and easy to read & follow.

    I would recommend this site to everyone.

    Thanks

    Lance King

    Bytes of Eight, Perth, Western Australia

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    studyabroaduniversity 6 years ago

    Thanks for great info - going to get sitemap done now

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    NathanialGranzotto 7 years ago

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    fuskator 7 years ago

    I just posted www.fuskator.com! Thanks a lot for the article!

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    granamedia 7 years ago

    Great info, just what I was looking for! It's saved in my favorites!

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    sashasamber 7 years ago

    I am very grateful to you. I had 3 websites to submit, but was desperate to submit my sitemap for www.musclesforwomen.com. Now it's done and all I can say is, thanks so much!! Do we need to submit sitemaps for squidoo pages etc?

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    kunalsharma 7 years ago

    Really great article you simply combined all at one place.

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    Mandy 7 years ago from Montana

    Great Article! Its so useful to have the directions for all the search engines in one place. Im going to create a link to this article on my page Free Website Information Its a great site for beginning webmasters looking for easy to read and apply information.

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    kreatifads 7 years ago

    my web www[]kreatifads[]com using "sitemap.asp" ..google only receive "sitemap.xml" or "sitemap.html"

    How to submit my "sitemap" to google?

    tq.

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    ben444 7 years ago

    is there a need for a site map for a squidoo len?

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    how could i subbmit my site http://www.oh-fashion.com to more website ?

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    How would people like me survive without people like you to explain all those phrases and processes we hear about but don't really understand. Thank you for a genuinely useful SEO lens. SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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    Aika 7 years ago

    Sitemap submission is a must for SEO. I use wordpress so there's no need to submit the sitemap manually.

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    Manbiki 7 years ago

    great info, thanks you

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    pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

    Really useful lens which people should take note of. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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    farotto 7 years ago

    [in reply to ] Hi. Did you solev your problem? I looked on your site but there's no feed. Probably that is the reason why Feedburner doesn't validate it. You can't add a sitemap as a feed to feedburner. It's a different thing from Yahoo webmaster central.

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    Michey LM 7 years ago

    This is a must have lens

    Thanks for useful info.

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    Magnity 7 years ago

    Good start here. But CREATING the XML sitemap correctly is a challenge unless you program XML well. But there is help.

    1. Go to Wikipedia and visit their page on SiteMaps

    2. Go to sitemaps.org

    3. Be sure to check your site map with an XML validator: http://www.w3schools.com/XML/xml_validator.asp

    XML is unlike HTML in that it will not tolerate any syntax errors - validate first.

    Hope this is helpful. more information and a free SEO report on www.magnity.com

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    fukkiit 7 years ago

    Yes, can someone help me to submit my website to squidoo it's http://www.fukkiit.com/sitemap.xml

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    sammyaddams lm 7 years ago

    Great info. could have done with it a couple of hours ago, submitted a sitmap for the first time to google, had a few problems but managed to sort it out in the end.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    site map submission is ok...but when i go to feedburner.com there adding my site to feed burner ITS NOT A VALID XML FILE error is showing...please help me and solve the problem...my web site is

    http://www.netjobathome.com

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    Clairwil LM 8 years ago

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    how can i submit squidoo sitemap???

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    Marko8 8 years ago

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    I tried different software for creating the sitemap for my website. This is the most effective one among 5-6 programs I tried.

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    TrueFX 8 years ago

    I'll consider making my sitemap. Thank you!

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    Vicki 9 years ago from USA

    Hi Mark! Great information and right to the point. Sweet! I hope to have site maps by January '09. No rest for the webmaster (or webmistress)! You always give sound advice on your lenses, thank you! ~Vicki~