Submitting an XML Sitemap to Google

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Once you have created an XML sitemap using All in One SEO Pack, you will need to submit it to Google.  To do this you will need to register your site with Google Search Console.

Once you have added your site as a property in Google Search Console, navigate to “Sitemaps” in the left-hand menu.

Enter the sitemap slug of your website.

Enter the sitemap slug of your website.

Now, you need to enter the URL for your XML sitemap. Note that you only need to enter the last part of the URL as the domain name is already filled out for you.  The default name that Google prefers is “sitemap.xml”, which is what All in One SEO Pack uses. If you would like to change the filename of your sitemap for any given reason, then you can use this filter hook.

Click the “Submit” button and you are done.

It can take a while for Google to process your XML sitemap.  The length of time they take is entirely up to them and you cannot force them to process your XML sitemap any faster so please be patient.

Note that the XML Sitemap created by All in One SEO automatically includes all your images, so it means you don’t have to submit a separate Image Sitemap.

A Note About Compressed Sitemaps

In version 3.0 of All in One SEO Pack, we removed the option for Create Compressed Sitemap.  Sitemap compression used Gzip to create compressed sitemap files with a .gz extension.  This was problematic for servers that didn’t support Gzip and for servers running on NGINX.  We removed this feature in favor of Sitemap Indexes with pagination which create smaller sitemaps that reduce problems with search engines accessing the sitemap on a slow server or on sites that are very large.

URLs pointing to the gzipped version should redirect to the standard uncompressed sitemap.

If you had previously submitted the compressed version of your sitemap to Google, Bing or any other search engine, you should now submit the standard uncompressed version which is always the best practice.

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