Sitemaps.xml are what search engine crawlers use to learn about a website and it’s structure. It’s important to note that a Sitemap.xml is not the same thing as a “sitemap.” A Sitemap.xml file is an XML-encoded listing of the key content files within a website, built specifically for search engine crawlers. This stands in contrast to a traditional sitemap file (lower-case s) that is an HTML file that lists the content files within a site for human users to find the content they’re looking for in a site. Search engines use Sitemaps.xml to learn about a website and it’s structure. That means that if a Sitemap, xml uses well-formed XML code, the website will be considered by search engines for future crawling activity. Sitemap.xml is simple to manage with Inbound Brew.
Manage Your Sitemap
To begin, click on Settings or Sitemap.xml from the main navigation bar.
From this screen you can adjust a variety of settings such as which search engines get blog update notifications and which types of page and post types you would like indexed. Once you are done selecting your options, be sure you hit “Save Settings” at the bottom of the screen.
Ping Your Website
When you download Inbound Brew, the plugin sitemap tool will automatically alert major search engines to re-index your website every time a page or post is published. This means you don’t have to wait for the crawler to discover your new content. However, you can also manually ping your website using the Sitemaps tool. Simply click the “Ping Now” button on the right.
One you do so, our plugin will Notify Google and/or Bing about updates of your blog.
Download Your Sitemap.xml File
You can also download your Sitemap index file from the settings screen. Simply click on the blue “sitemap.xml” link and a pop-up window will open with your complete Sitemap.
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