How to add a sitemap to Google Search Console?

Submitting your sitemap to Google Search Console helps Google discover and index your website’s content more efficiently. Here’s how to add your sitemap to Google Search Console:

add gsc sitemap

How to add a sitemap to GSC

  1. Sign in


    Sign in to your Google Search Console account: Visit the Google Search Console website ( and sign in with your Google account.

  2. Add and Verify

    add property

    Add and verify your website property: If you haven’t already added your website to Google Search Console, you need to add and verify it as a property. Click on the dropdown menu at the page’s top-left corner and select “Add property.” Then, follow the instructions to add and verify your website using one of the available methods.

  3. Open Property


    Open your website property: Once your website is added and verified, click on the property in the dropdown menu at the page’s top-left corner.

  4. Access Sitemap

    sitemaps tab

    Access the Sitemaps report: In the left-hand menu, click “Indexing” and select “Sitemaps.”

  5. Submit Sitemap

    add sitemap

    Submit your sitemap: In the “Add a new sitemap” section, enter the URL of your sitemap. It is usually located in the root directory of your website and named “sitemap.xml” (e.g., After entering the URL, click the “Submit” button.

  6. Check Sitemap


    Check for success: Once you’ve submitted your sitemap, Google Search Console will process it and display the status as “Pending” initially. After a while, the status should change to “Success” if there are no issues with your sitemap. You will also see the number of submitted URLs and indexed URLs once Google has processed your sitemap.

By adding your sitemap to Google Search Console, you help Google discover and index your website’s content, which can improve its visibility in search results. Keep in mind that it may take some time for Google to crawl and index your site, so be patient and monitor your sitemap status in Google Search Console for any updates or issues.


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Published on: 2023-03-31
Updated on: 2023-06-14

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