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Submit Your Sitemap To Search Engines

Our plugin can create sitemaps for the various sections of your website. We combine all of the individual sitemaps into a sitemap index. This means you only have to submit the sitemap index link which is automatically updated as you add, remove, or change your content. The same sitemap index is used by our add-ons like Yoast SEO: News and Yoast SEO: Local.

If you haven’t enabled our sitemaps, please follow these steps first and, if needed, customize your sitemap index for your website needs.

Search Engines

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Google Search Console

Google is our preferred search engine. If you haven’t added your website to Google Search Console, please follow these steps first. If these steps fail, please check Google’s official directions here for the most up to date steps.

  1. Sign in to Google Search Console.
  2. On your Search Console home page, select your website.
  3. In the left sidebar, click Crawl and then Sitemaps.
  4. Remove outdated or invalid sitemaps like sitemap.xml
  5. Click the Add/Test Sitemap button in the top right.
  6. Enter sitemap_index.xml into the text box that appears.
  7. Click Submit.

Bing Webmaster Tools

If you haven’t added your website to Bing Webmaster Tools, please follow these steps first. If these steps fail, please check Bing’s official directions here for the most up to date steps.

  1. Sign in to Bing Webmaster Tools.
  2. On the My Sites page, select your website.
  3. In the left sidebar, click Configure My Site and then Sitemaps.
  4. Remove outdated or invalid sitemaps like http://example.com/sitemap.xml
  5. Enter your sitemap URL into the text box at the top. Your sitemap URL will look like something like this: http://example.com/sitemap_index.xml.
  6. Click Submit.

Yandex Webmaster

If you haven’t added your website to Yandex, please follow these steps first.

  1. Sign in to Yandex Webmaster.
  2. On the home page, select your website.
  3. In the left sidebar, click Indexing Options and then Sitemap files.
  4. Remove outdated or invalid sitemaps like http://example.com/sitemap.xml
  5. Enter your sitemap URL into the text box at the top. Your sitemap URL will look like something like this: http://example.com/sitemap_index.xml.
  6. Click Add.

Other Search Engines

Pinging Other Search Engines

After you have manually connected the sitemaps to Bing and Google, each time a post is updated Yoast will then automatically ping the search engines to have them come crawl the sitemap.

This filter can be used to disable all pinging for all search engines. It would go into the functions.php

add_filter ('wpseo_allow_xml_sitemap_ping', '__return_false');