Google Sitemaps

When you submit your sitemap to Google, you are providing a detailed map of the pages that Google will crawl, so it's an important step in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) process.  Your XSite makes submitting and maintaining your sitemap easy - leaving you free to concentrate on keeping your site content fresh and relevant.  Here's how you do it:

  1. Hover your cursor over XSite in the toolbar at the top and click Search Engine Tools in the toolbar that appears below.
  2. Click the Google Sitemaps link in the SEM Tools pane on the left.
  3. Click here, or on the link in step 1 to open Google Webmaster Tools.
  4. If you already have a Google account, you can use it to log in here, or create a new free account to use with your XSite.
  5. In Google Webmaster Tools, click the ADD A SITE button, and enter your full domain name - for example: www.alamode.com.  Then click Continue.

  6. Now, on the Verify Ownership page, click the Alternative Methods tab and select the HTML tag radio dot.
  7. Select the meta tag that appears in the box, including the < and > at the beginning and end.  Right‑click and copy it.

  8. Return to the Google Sitemaps page in your XSite, and paste what you just copied into the field in step 5.
  9. Click the Save button.
  10. Now, back in Google Webmaster Tools, click Verify then click Continue.  Once Google has completed verification, you should see the Dashboard page.
  11. From the left—hand menu click Crawl, then Sitemaps.

  12. On the next page, click ADD/TEST SITEMAP.  In the next field, type siteMapRSS.xml then click Submit Sitemap.

That's it!  Now, Google knows which of your pages to crawl so they can index all of your content.  That way, your pages can be served as results for people who are searching for the services you provide.  You're now one step closer to driving traffic to your website from Google!