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How to submit a sitemap to Google

Once you created your sitemap it’s time to use it and upload it into Google.

I am going to step through the process assuming that this is your first site and you have never dealt with Google Search Console before. If you have and this is nothing new to you, then skip right to the last step.

Step 1: Create a Google account

Follow the steps on THIS page to set up a google account. You can create an account with a new email address, which will have the form of example@gmail.com.

Alternatively, use an email address you already have and link it to your google account.

You will be asked to verify your phone number and once confirmed, you can then log into your Google account.

Step 2: Go to Google Console and verify your site ownership.

First of all, you might be asking yourself: “What is search console?”. The short answer is that it is a tool created by Google to help you understand how your site is found on Google.

It is a free tool that has a lot of useful features that will come in handy when you are trying to bring as many people as possible to your site online when they are looking for the relevant keywords.

As a new site owner, the first step is to make sure that Google knows that your site exists in the first place. This can happen organically over a period of a few months or you can speed up the process somewhat and start working with Google directly using its marketing and SEO tools.

Once you have the google account, follow this link to arrive at the page that looks like this:

Google Search Console Welcome Screen
Welcome to Google Search Console

Put your domain name into the left hand side tab and press “Continue”.

Verify your domain using the TXT DNS Record
Verify your domain using the TXT DNS Record

If you thought to yourself right now that there’s more to life than Google and felt that throwing your laptop into the wall might just be an appealing option, I fully understand how you feel! But in the spirit of getting the free things in life for free, we are going to push forward. After all, it might not be easy, but it is working! So let’s take a brave next step and create a new DNS record for your website!

Press “Copy” for the record you will need to place into your new DNS record on the screen above. Now head over the our separate post and work your way through the process of adding a new DNS .

Once you are ready and have given your new DNS record a few minutes to filter through, get back to you Google Search Console verification screen and click “Verify”.

Step 3: Add your sitemap to Google Search Console

Once your domain ownership was verified with Google Search Console, you will see a screen that looks similar to this:

Google Search Console Overview
Google Search Console View

Ignoring the sad reality of the performance stats at this point, look at the left hand menu and click “Sitemaps” to proceed.

Google Search Console Sitemap Tab
Sitemap tab in Google Search Console

Type in the exact address of your sitemap as it is shown on the screenshot above replacing the “yoursite” with your domain name and click submit.

As an example, you can see the address of my sitemap as it was submitted and accepted by Google in the field “Submitted sitemaps”.

That’s it! You have submitted your sitemap to Google!

Assuming that you have worked your way through all the steps, Google should now have your sitemap. The next time you look for your website on Google you will be able to find all of the individual posts and pages on your website.

By the way, because Google is an algorithm, it only crawls the individual websites with some unknown to us frequency. The new posts and products you are adding to your new online shop might not filter into the search results for quite while.

To avoid missing out on organic search traffic 
for your new posts, make sure to update your sitemap regularly.

Hope you found this post useful.

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