Why XML sitemaps matter and how to check
An XML sitemap is a list of web pages created for web crawlers so they can easily and quickly find web content. The search engine can use a sitemap to see the newest pages on a website, or all the web pages together, including all images, video content, etc.
Why XML sitemaps matter
- Better indexation of deeper pages: Search engines traverse XML sitemaps to discover pages that may have been overlooked during the initial website crawl.
- Monitoring of indexed pages: In combination with Google Search Console, it is possible to find out which URLs are covered in the sitemap that Google indexes.
Two ways to check for XML sitemaps
- Visit yoursite.com/sitemap.xml – Do you see any sitemaps listed?
Some Wordpress sites may list multiple sitemaps at yoursite.com/sitemap_index.xml
- In Google Search Console, navigate to Sitemaps.
Here you can view or submit sitemaps.