How To Kickstart WordPress Traffic Automation To Your Website Or Blog

If you have followed our WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint step-by-step tutorials, you are ready to begin driving an endless stream of visitors to your WordPress site or blog. Here we show you how to kickstart your traffic.


How To Kickstart WordPress Traffic Automation To Your Website Or BlogThis tutorial is part of the WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint series where we show you step-by-step how to set up WordPress to automatically notify search engines and your social media pages when new content is published on your site, driving more traffic to your website or blog. 

To review our step-by-step tutorials on how to automate traffic to your WordPress website or blog, go here:

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If your WordPress site has not been configured to drive traffic using the leverage and automation described in our tutorials, then do one of the following:

  • Go through our step-by-step tutorials and learn how to expertly configure your own site,
  • Refer your web developer or web designer to our step-by-step tutorials and ask them to do it for you, or
  • Contact us to discuss your needs and request a quote for our Done For You Installation & Expert Configuration Service.

What You Should Have Already Set Up On Your WordPress Site

If you have been following our WordPress Traffic Automation tutorials, you should already have set up the following on your site:

Ping Services List

As soon as you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies all the services listed in the ‘Update Services’ section (WordPress Settings > Writing > Update Services) …

WordPress Settings > Writing > Update Services

(WordPress Blog Ping Services List)

For a comprehensive list of ping services that you can download for FREE, see the tutorial below:

Add Your Sitemap To Search Engines

You should have also added your site’s RSS feed and XML sitemap to your webmaster accounts (e.g. Google, Bing) …

Google Search Console - Sitemaps

(Google Search Console – Sitemaps)

To learn more about setting up Webmaster accounts and adding sitemaps and feeds to notify search engines, see the tutorial below:

Automatically Syndicate Content From WordPress To Social Media

There are many plugins, tools, and services you can use to integrate WordPress with social media. We cover a number of these in our tutorials.

A simple way to integrate WordPress with your social media accounts is using the Jetpack plugin …

Use Jetpack's Publicize feature to automatically syndicate your content to social media

(Jetpack’s Publicize feature automatically syndicates your content to social media)

Installing Jetpack and configuring its Publicize settings allows you to automatically syndicate your posts to social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

To learn how to install and configure Jetpack to automate traffic, see the tutorial below:

Additional Notification Plugins

As discussed in our tutorials, there are many traffic generation and automation plugins, tools, and services you can use. This is one of the reasons why WordPress is such a powerful business marketing platform.

In addition to instantly notifying social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. when new content is published on your site, you can also set up your WordPress site to automatically post links to your content on many other social networks and social bookmarking sites using plugins like Social Link Machine

SocialLinkMachine - drip-feed your content automatically to dozens of online websites

(Social Link Machine – drip-feed content automatically to many traffic-generating sites)

To learn more about additional traffic generation plugins and automation tools, see the tutorial below:

How To Kickstart Traffic To Your WordPress Website Or Blog

Once you have set up and configured all of the above plugins and services, the next step is to kickstart the process of generating ongoing traffic to your site.

You could just start publishing content to your site. If you want to supercharge and speed up the process, however, here are some additional steps we recommend you take:

  1. Rapid Site Indexing
  2. Supercharge Your Site Ranking & Authority Building
  3. Methodically Establish Your Online Presence

Let’s go through each of these steps in more detail.

Rapid WordPress Site Indexing

Adding sitemaps to your webmaster accounts and posting content on your WordPress site as described in our tutorials will help get search engines going. You can boost the process using external blog pinging services.

Once your site is fully configured and ready to start driving traffic, select and copy your RSS feed or XML sitemap link …

Select and copy your RSS feed

(Select and copy your RSS feed)

Head over to one of the following sites:

Ping.In

Ping.in

(Ping.in)

Ping.in is a service that pings (notifies) a number of services including blog search engines and blog directories. By pinging these services, you let them know that your site has been updated and these services will then crawl and index your site content, allowing a larger audience to discover your site.

Ping.in is free to use and when we last checked requires no registration. Just head over to the site and type in your Site Name, Site URL and XML feed into the fields …

Enter your site details into Ping.in

(Enter your site details into Ping.in)

Next, select the services you want to notify or just click on ‘Check All’ to select all services, then click on the ‘Ping’ button at the bottom of the screen …

Select services to ping

(Select services to ping)

Ping.in will immediately begin to notify the services about your site …

Ping.in notifies services immediately

(Ping.in notifies services immediately)

Once all pings are sent, Ping.in displays a list of all services that have been notified about your site …

Pings sent

(Pings sent)

Go here to use Ping.in:

Pingoat

Pingoat

(Pingoat)

Pingoat is another service like Ping.in that pings (notifies) blog directories and gets them to crawl and index your site content.

To use Pingoat, create a free account, then log in after confirming your new account, enter your site details (including your RSS feed or XML sitemap feed), select all of the services to notify and click go.

Pingoat will notify all the services you have selected.

Go here to use Pingoat:

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We recommend using either Ping.in or Pingoat to notify blog directories about your site but not both in short succession. Your site could be blacklisted if you ping services too often.

Rapid WordPress Page/Post SEO Indexing

In addition to the setup already presented in the tutorials, you can also get a new WordPress post or page indexed very quickly in Google using the method described below.

Important Info

This method is in 2 parts and is also good for getting Google to crawl/reindex: old posts or pages with new or updated content.

Fetch As Google

After creating a new post or page, log into your Google Search Console area, and go to Search Console > Crawl > Fetch As Google. Enter the URL of your post or page into the field and click the ‘Fetch’ button …

Fetch as Google

(Fetch as Google)

Next, click on ‘Request indexing’ …

Request indexing

(Request indexing)

Click the Google reCAPTCHA checkbox to verify that you are human …

Google reCAPTCHA

(Google reCAPTCHA)

Proceed with the verification process …

Google reCAPTCHA Verify Button

(Google reCAPTCHA Verify Button)

Once you have verified that you are not a robot, select the ‘Crawl only this URL’ radio button and click ‘GO’ …

Crawl only this URL

(Crawl only this URL)

Your new post/page indexing has been requested …

Indexing requested

(Indexing requested)

Ping Sitemap

After indexing of your post or page has been requested, the next step is to ‘ping’ your XML sitemap.

We recommend using a plugin like Yoast SEO to automatically generate and keep your XML sitemap updated …

XML Sitemaps - Yoast SEO

(XML Sitemaps – Yoast SEO)

Select and copy your XML sitemap address to your clipboard …

Copy your XML sitemap URL

(Copy your XML sitemap URL)

Once you have the XML sitemap URL, it only takes a simple ping to Google to update any post or page you need indexed. Open a new window on your web browser, and paste the URL below in the address bar, then hit enter to submit the ping to Google:

http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://yoursite.com/sitemap.xml

Ping Your Sitemap To Google

(How To Ping Your Sitemap To Google)

Alternatively, you can use an online tool like the one shown below to submit your sitemap to Google (and Bing) …

PingSitemap

PingSitemap

(PingSitemap)

With PingSitemap, simply enter the URL of your sitemap into the XML sitemap URL field and click the ‘Submit’ button.

The tool with ping (notify) Google and Bing about your sitemap (the other services no longer exist) …

Sitemap Pinged

(Sitemap Pinged)

Your new post or page will be indexed very quickly using the above method …

Google has indexed your new post or page!

(Google has indexed your new post or page!)

Note: Google recommends that you resubmit a sitemap no more than once per hour.

Useful Tip

You can also automate the entire process described above using a simple  and very inexpensive plugin called Rapid SEO Indexer.

Rapid SEO Indexer

Rapid SEO Indexer WordPress Plugin

(Rapid SEO Indexer WordPress Plugin)

Rapid SEO Indexer automates the ‘Fetch as Google’ and ‘Sitemap Pinging’ process and can get a brand new WordPress page or post indexed in Google in less than 30 seconds …

(Index new WordPress posts or pages in Google fast with Rapid SEO Indexer)

The plugin features a built-in real time XML sitemap generator. After the plugin has been installed and activated on your site, you can create and submit an XML sitemap to Google using the built-in XML sitemap generator, or use an existing XML sitemap (e.g. from Yoast SEO plugin) …

Rapid SEO Indexer Settings

(Rapid SEO Indexer Settings)

The plugin adds a new options box to your page, allowing you to submit the new page or post to Google …

Click to submit your post/page to Google

(Click to submit your post/page to Google)

And ping the sitemap …

Click to ping your sitemap

(Click to ping your sitemap)

Getting your WordPress page or post indexed is the first step to getting free targeted SEO traffic. Rapid SEO Indexer helps you get more traffic easily and quickly with 2-click indexing functionality. The plugin is well supported, installs in seconds and works right out of the box. You can use this plugin to index unlimited pages and posts on your site(s) and the plugin comes with .

Go here to view a demo video and to download this plugin:

Supercharge Your Site Ranking And Authority Building

Another highly recommended step you can take to kickstart traffic to your WordPress site or blog is to send out press releases on a regular (i.e. monthly) basis.

Press releases are a powerful and fast way to create significant exposure online, boost your search engine rankings, drive traffic and build authority for your site.

DistributionPress.com

DistributionPress.com - Get more traffic to your site using news/press releases

(DistributionPress.com – Get more traffic to your site using news/press releases)

DistributionPress.com provides a very cost-effective ‘done-for-you’ news/press release writing and distribution service that can help boost your traffic.

They will create a professional news/press release about your business and distribute it to 220+ authority news, TV, radio, and media sites …

DistributionPress.com submits your press release to over 220 authority sites

(DistributionPress.com submits your press release to over 220 authority sites)

DistributionPress.com can fully manage your press release campaign, leaving you free to focus on other areas of your business/website.

We recommend sending out an initial press release to announce the launch of your business/website, new products and services, company news, etc. (see  this article about press release topics) to kickstart your traffic and then begin running a regular PR campaign where you send out a new release each month to boost your rankings and authority online, which will continue to grow your traffic.

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We use DistributionPress.com’s services to help boost WPCompendium.org search rankings and grow traffic …

Using press releases has helped to boost our rankings and grow our traffic!

(Using press releases has helped to boost our rankings and grow our traffic!)

To learn more about the benefits of using a service like DistributionPress.com to drive more traffic to your site using press releases, go here:

Methodically Establish Your Online Presence

Using a done-for-you service like DistributionPress to create and distribute monthly news releases on your behalf allows you to quickly establish your online presence and begin driving traffic to your site. It also allows you to methodically boost your rankings and authority by building hundreds or even thousands of external links on trusted sites that will direct visitors to your site. This is a great way to automate traffic, especially if you lack the time to write content.

Ideally, you should be growing your traffic and increasing your rankings by consistently using external services like distributing press releases and internal methods such as publishing great content on your site. Unlike paid traffic generation methods that disappear if you stop paying for the service (e.g. Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, etc.) distributing press releases and publishing content on your site actually builds you an asset with long-term traffic links.

Our WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint tutorials describe exactly how to set up your site to grow traffic using content marketing. Once your site is indexed in the search engines, integrated with your social media accounts and set up to automatically ping dozens of services as soon as new content is published on your site, all you have to do is create and publish new content on a regular basis.

If you need help coming up with great content ideas for your site or how to plan, develop, and implement a content marketing strategy for your business, we have created a comprehensive and completely FREE 120-part email training content creation course (value = $300) that will help you.

If you haven’t already subscribed to our Infinite Content Creation series, we recommend you do so now using the form below:

In order to build a successful digital presence for your business, you need regular traffic. Hopefully, our WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint tutorials have given you all the information you need to automate the traffic generation process and drive an endless stream of new visitors to your WordPress website or blog.

We wish you great success online and lots of new traffic!

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How To Add An XML Sitemap To WordPress

Learn how to create and configure an XML sitemap for WordPress using a Free XML sitemap generator plugin called Google XML Sitemap Generator.

How To Add An XML Sitemap To WordPressSitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling.

In its simplest form, a sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can crawl the site more intelligently.

Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow crawlers that support sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata.

Useful Information

Note: Using the sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages will be included in search engines, but it provides hints for web crawlers which helps them do a better job of crawling your site.

Also, it’s important not to confuse an XML Sitemap with an HTML Site Map.

An XML sitemap is similar to an HTML site map in that it creates pages that link to other pages on your site. An HTML site map, however, is mostly intended to help your visitors find content on your site more easily (i.e. it’s designed for human navigation), while an XML sitemap is purely intended for search engines to find and index your pages.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and configure an XML sitemap using a Free XML sitemap generator plugin for WordPress called Google XML Sitemap Generator.

Google XML Sitemap Generator

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Note: If you have already configured an XML Sitemap for your site using another plugin like Yoast SEO, you can skip this tutorial.

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Plugin URL

https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

Plugin Description

The Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin generates an XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress site. This format is supported by all of the major search engines, including Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask.com.

With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally, it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

Plugin Installation

Log into your WP-admin area, scroll down the sidebar menu and click on Plugins > Add New

WordPress Plugins

Select the Install Plugins > Search tab, then type in “google xml sitemaps” into the search field and click on the Search Plugins button …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Locate the plugin in the search results area and click Install Now

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Note: If you are not sure which plugin to select, make sure it’s the plugin developed by Arne Brachhold

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Once your plugin has been installed, make sure you activate it …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Plugin Configuration

After your plugin has been installed and activated, it’s time to configure it.

In your WP-admin sidebar menu, click on Settings > XML-Sitemap

Google XML Sitemap Generator

This brings you to the XML Sitemap Generator plugin settings configuration page …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

When you first install the plugin, a message will inform you that your sitemap has not been generated yet, and gives you a link to click that will build your sitemap for the first time …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

We recommend not clicking on this link until you have configured all other plugin settings and have already added some initial content to your site (see explanation notes further below).

Result Of The Last Build …

Once your sitemap has been built, you will get a message showing you the result of the sitemap build process …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

This section lets you know when your sitemap was last built and whether or not the search engines were notified successfully.

If you change something on your server or your site and need to rebuild your sitemap manually, click on the rebuild the sitemap hyperlink …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Note: Sometimes the plugin will prompt you to rebuild the sitemap manually. See the ‘Additional Plugin Information’ section at the end of this tutorial if you get an error message as a result of missing sitemap files or wrong permission settings.

Basic Options

This section lets you configure the plugin’s Basic settings …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

We recommend configuring this section as shown below:

Sitemap files

  • Write a normal XML file (your filename) – Tick this checkbox. The plugin will then automatically create and upload this file to your server (see “Additional Plugin Information” section at the end of this tutorial if you experience any problems).
  • Write a gzipped file (your filename +.gz) – Tick this checkbox. The plugin will then automatically create and upload this file to your server (see “Additional Plugin Information” section at the end of this tutorial if you experience any problems).

Building mode

  • Rebuild sitemap if you change the content of your blog – Tick this checkbox if you want the plugin to rebuild your sitemap automatically every time your content is updated.
  • Enable manual sitemap building via GET Request – This will allow you to refresh your sitemap if you are using an external tool to write into the WordPress database without using the WordPress API. Leave this checkbox unticked unless you have a reason to enable this option, or you know what you are doing.

Update notification

Warning

Only do this after all other plugin settings have been configured.

(See explanation below)

  • Notify Google – Tick this checkbox to automatically notify Google when new content is added to your site.
  • Notify Bing – Tick this checkbox to automatically notify Bing when new content is added to your site.
  • Notify Ask.com – Tick this checkbox to automatically notify Ask.com when new content is added to your site.

We recommend leaving the “Notify …” check boxes above unchecked until you have verified that your sitemap has been set up correctly. This also prevents the plugin from notifying the search engines excessively about your site when all you are doing at this stage is adjusting settings and configurations for this plugin. Search engines usually treat excessive ‘pinging’ of the same site or pages as suspicious behavior, or an attempt to “SPAM” the search engines. Once your sitemap is set up correctly, come back and activate each of these “Notify …” options.

  • Add sitemap URL to the virtual robots.txt file – Leave this unchecked if you have uploaded a robots.txt file to your server. If you have not uploaded a robots.txt file, then check this box.

To learn how to create a robots.txt file, see the tutorial below:

Advanced Options

We recommend leaving the default plugin settings for this section.

Below is an explanation of the ‘Advanced Options’ settings (source: Google Sitemaps FAQ):

  • Limit the number of posts – If you have problems with the maximum execution time or memory limit you can limit the number of posts which will be included in the sitemap. Newer posts are included first so your sitemap will stay up-to-date.
  • Increase the memory limit – Building the sitemap needs a lot of memory. If the memory size is limited via configuration and the script can’t finish the sitemap, you can try to increase this limit by entering a higher value. The values are in megabytes so you can start with “2M” for smaller sites and raise the number until it works. However, it could be that you don’t have the permission to change this value so if it still doesn’t work and you already tried a very high value like 16M, you will need to contact your web hosting company and ask them to raise it for you.
  • Increase the maximum execution time – Like the memory, the maximum execution time can also be limited. If the script doesn’t finish, try to set the time limit to “0” which means unlimited or a high value like “30” seconds.
  • Include a XSLT stylesheet – Since version 3.05b, the plugin ships a default XSLT stylesheet which makes your XML sitemap human readable. You can specify your own by entering a full or relative URL. Please note that the XSLT stylesheet must be on the same server for security reasons.
  • Enable MySQL standard mode – Per default, the plugin uses a separate MySQL connection to query the post data in a very effective, memory-saving way. If this doesn’t work on your hosting configuration you can enable the MySQL Standard mode which uses much more memory but should always work.
  • Build the sitemap in a background process – If your blog contains a large number of posts you may experience a delay after editing or saving a new post or page since it needs some time to generate the sitemap. If you activate this option, your sitemap will be built in the background using wp-cron which will avoid the delay. Your sitemap will be generated a few seconds after you’ve hit the save button so the sitemap status at the administration panel won’t show the changes immediately.

Additional Pages

Unless you are adding pages that are located outside of your WordPress blog installation in your XML Sitemap, leave this section as is.

If you have files or URLs that you would like to include in your sitemap which have not been added automatically (i.e. files that lie outside of your WordPress installation in another directory), then click on the ‘Add new page’ link at the bottom of this section …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

A new section will display above the link, with fields for inputting the new page details. Refer to the instructions in this section if you need help with this step …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Post Priority

This section lets you specify the method used by the plugin to calculate the priority of each post …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

We recommend selecting the ‘Do not use automatic priority calculation‘ option. Checking any other option in this section will make the search engines prioritize the importance of your posts based on the number of comments posted on your site.

If your site is new, or not heavily dominated by social interactivity, then there is little point in prioritizing the importance of your posts based on the weight of ‘comments’ left on your site.

Location Of Your Sitemap File

This section lets you specify the method used by the plugin to detect your sitemap …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

We recommend choosing ‘Automatic detection‘ if your sitemap was created by the plugin.

Verify that “sitemap.xml” is displayed in the ‘Filename of the sitemap file‘ field and that the plugin has detected and is displaying the correct path to your sitemap.

Note: If you move your sitemap to a different location, or you have a different sitemap you want the plugin to write to, then choose ‘Custom location’ and enter the location of your sitemap in the fields below the radio button for this option.

Sitemap Content

Your sitemap should include every page of your site that you would like search engines to index.

This section of the plugin settings lets you specify which areas of your site should be added by the plugin to your sitemap …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

WordPress standard content:

Check the box next to each type of content that you would like to include in your sitemap.

We recommend including your homepage, posts and static pages in your sitemap.

Custom post types:

If there are any custom post types on your site that you would like to include in your sitemap, select these in this section.

Note: Depending on what other applications you have installed on your site, you may or may not see custom options displayed in this section.

Further options:

Check the box next to ‘Include the last modification time.

Leave the default settings for the remaining items in this section.

Excluded Items Section

This section lets you select items that you would like to exclude from your sitemap …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

  • Excluded categories: If you do not want certain categories to be added to your sitemap, then check the category boxes to be excluded, otherwise, leave this section as is …
  • Exclude posts – Here you can enter the IDs of posts or pages which you do not want to include in your sitemap. Separate multiple IDs with a comma.

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Note: Adding post or page IDs to the ‘Exclude posts:’ section does not automatically exclude ‘child’ pages from your sitemap. Child pages are pages that are nested inside other pages …

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To learn how to find the IDs of your posts and pages, see the tutorial below:

Change Frequencies

This section lets you specify how often the content in your pages is likely to change. This helps search engines calculate how often their crawlers (spiders) should revisit your site to index new content on your site …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Set the frequency for each of the options in this section to match how often you expect content to change on your site …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Note: The settings you choose for each item in this section depend on how frequently new content gets added to your site. For example, if new posts are being added to your site every day, then select ‘daily’ for posts. If new posts are being added weekly, then select ‘weekly’ for posts.

There’s no point asking search engines to come crawling your pages if there is nothing new for them to find when they get there. Asking Google to come check your site more often won’t push your site up higher in the search engine results.

Priorities

This section lets you specify which elements of your sitemap should have a higher priority over others …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Leave the default plugin settings for this section, or specify a different priority value for each item depending on your preferences. ‘1.0’ is the highest priority value, and ‘0.0’ is the lowest …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Click Update options when finished …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

As mentioned earlier in this tutorial, it’s best to wait until you have configured all of the above plugin settings, before building your sitemap for the first time.

If you have already created your sitemap, then click ‘rebuild the sitemap’ to update your sitemap with your new settings …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Once your sitemap has been rebuilt, verify your XML sitemap.

You can do this using a number of methods. Here are just some:

Scroll down to the Location of your sitemap file section and click on the link displaying your sitemap’s URL (or right-click on the link and select ‘Open Link in New Tab’ to stay inside your WP admin area) …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

You can type in your XML sitemap’s URL into your browser (e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml) …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

If you have set up an HTML site map as per our tutorials, then you can view your sitemap by clicking on the “XML sitemap” link at the bottom of the page …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Once you have verified that your sitemap has been set up correctly, go back to Settings > XML-Sitemap and check each of the ‘Notify …‘ options in the ‘Basic Options > Update notification:’ section …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Click Update options button to re-save your settings. You will not need to rebuild your sitemap again this time, as the plugin will now automatically do this and notify the search engines the next time a post is published on your site …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

If you want to restore the plugin’s default settings, then click on the Reset options button instead …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

The Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin is now configured.

Useful Info

After configuring the Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin, the next step is to add your sitemap to your webmaster accounts …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

To learn how to set up your webmaster accounts and add sitemaps to search engines, see the tutorial below:

Plugin Usage

There is no further action required from you after configuring this plugin. The Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin will now automatically rebuild your sitemap and notify search engines whenever new content is added to your site.

Additional Plugin Information

In order for the Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin to work correctly, the plugin requires two sitemap files to exist and be ‘writeable’ in your WordPress installation server directory:

  • sitemap.xml
  • sitemap.xml.gz

Normally, the plugin will create and automatically upload these files to your server when you first build your sitemap …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

If you experience problems and the plugin is prevented from uploading these files to your server automatically (e.g. due to your server configuration), then you will need to manually upload and configure these sitemap files into the root directory of your WordPress installation.

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To make things easier, we’ve created these files for you to download.

After downloading the zipped file containing both sitemap files, extract the contents to your hard drive, then upload both files to your WordPress installation root directory, using either FTP or cPanel …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Next, you will need to set permissions for both of the uploaded files.

Right click on sitemap.xml and scroll down to Properties

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Set File Permissions to 755 and click OK to save. (Note: If you get an error message when configuring the plugin, try changing permissions to 777) …

Setting File Permissions

To learn how to configure server file permissions, see the tutorial below:

Troubleshooting

If You Get Error Messages When Trying To Rebuild the Sitemap

If your sitemap rebuild fails, the cause will most likely be that permissions for those files have not been set correctly, or because these files are missing from your server.

If this happens, or if you ever need to create the blank sitemap files that the plugin needs to work correctly, then do the following:

Log into your web hosting account using cPanel

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Go to File Manager

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Make sure that you are in the main WordPress installation directory (you should see two sub-directories in the root directory of your WordPress installation: one called ‘wp-admin’ and another one called wp-content’) …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Click New File

Google XML Sitemap Generator

In the entry field, type sitemap.xml and click Create New File

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Repeat this process for the second sitemap file.

Type in sitemap.xml.gz in the entry field and click Create New File

Google XML Sitemap Generator

These two sitemap files should now be listed in your server folder …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Once you have created the two sitemap files above, select each of the files and click on Change Permissions to modify (CHMOD) the permission settings for these files …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Try setting permissions to “644” or “666” initially. Depending on your server configuration, if these values don’t work, you might want to try setting permissions as “755” or “777” …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

Now go back to your plugin settings page and perform the rebuild manually …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

If everything has been set up correctly, you will see a message like the one shown in the screenshot below …

Google XML Sitemap Generator

If you need help with this plugin (e.g. troubleshooting errors), visit the plugin developer’s help and support page below:

How To Add An XML Sitemap To WordPress

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