The Easiest Way to Generate an XML Sitemap for SEO – WP The Podcast EP 513

By | August 14, 2019

Get ready for your daily dose of WordPress
and web development tips, tricks, and insights to help you find success with WordPress. You’re listening to WP the Podcast with your
hosts, David Blackmon and Tim Strifler. Hey everybody. Welcome to another episode of WP the Podcast,
brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon. And I’m Tim Strifler. Today we’re going to talk about the three,
the easiest way to generate an XML sitemap for SEO, and I’m going to apologize in advance
if I sound a little bit different. I’m a little under the weather, and I’m honestly
going to let Tim talk as much as possible. So, we’ve picked some Tim topics for the next
couple episodes. I may jump in. I may not. I may just intro and outro. So, but it’s good to be here. Tim, take it away. Yeah, definitely. So, before I talk about the easiest way to
generate an XML sitemap, I’m going to fill everyone in that may not know what an XML
sitemap is, and why you’d want one. So essentially, an XML sitemap is a map of
all the pages on your site, and the main purpose isn’t so much for users. Typically, it’s not linked to on the front
end. Users don’t see it. It’s mainly for search engines. You’re essentially giving the search engine
a map of your website for them to index, so they know, okay, here’s all the pages, and
then they can follow those pages, and see all the internal links, and the places that
you’re linking out to, and all of that. And so, as you can imagine, if you want and
are expecting to get any traffic from Google, you want to make sure that a sitemap is submitted
to Google, so that they can follow your site and make sure all of your pages are indexed. That’s not to say that they won’t find your
pages from other ways. Google’s really smart. Their algorithms are very powerful, but you,
as a site owner, you want to set yourself up for success. You want to help Google as much as possible,
so that you can get the best rankings as possible. And so, that’s kind of the what and the why,
and then the how, the easiest way to generate an XML sitemap, I have two plugins for you. First one is Yoast SEO. Now, this is a full blown SEO plugin. The main version is free. It’s a freemium model, so they have add-ons,
but I’ve never really found a reason to get any of the add-ons because I don’t do a whole
lot of local SEO. That’s one of the add-ons there. But for the most part, the main plugin will
be sufficient 95% of the time. And within Yoast SEO, it will automatically
generate XML sitemaps for you. Now, this is really good because it’s automatic,
so when you create a new page, or you update a page, it updates that sitemap. And so once you’ve submitted that sitemap
to Google, and we’ll talk about that, on how to do that in another episode, but once you
do that, Google’s going to automatically get notified that your sitemap updated, and they’re
going to go and check, and then see what that new page is, or see what the updates are to
an existing page. And so, Yoast SEO will do that for you in
addition to all the other SEO tools that they have built in to let you control your on-page
SEO. And then the second plugin if maybe you’re
using a different SEO plugin that doesn’t have XML sitemaps built in, well, you can
use a plugin. All they do is sitemaps, and that’s Google
Sitemap Generator, and we have a link to it in the show notes. And that will do just the sitemaps for you,
but I would say in most cases, use Yoast SEO because it’s going to have a lot of other
stuff built in that’s really important in addition to the XML sitemaps. Fantastic. Well, man, I am so sorry I talked so much
this time. I’m going to try to do a better job, and not
talk as much next time. XML sitemaps are important for SEO. Go check out Yoast, and Google Sitemap Generator,
and stuff. Tomorrow, we’ve got another great topic: the
three most important things for WordPress security. Tim, until tomorrow. We’ll see you then. Take care. Bye-bye. We’ve come to the end of today’s episode of
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