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:
- Sign in to your Google Search Console account: Visit the Google Search Console website (https://search.google.com/search-console/) and sign in with your Google account.
- 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.
- 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.
- Access the Sitemaps report: In the left-hand menu, click “Index” and select “Sitemaps.”
- 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., https://example.com/sitemap.xml). After entering the URL, click the “Submit” button.
- 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.
How to remove a sitemap from Google Search Console?
To remove a sitemap from Google Search Console, follow these steps:
Log in to your Google Search Console account: Go to https://search.google.com/search-console/ and sign in with your Google account.
Select the property: From the dropdown menu in the top-left corner, choose the website property associated with the sitemap you want to remove.
Access the Sitemaps report: In the left-hand sidebar, click on “Sitemaps.”
Find the sitemap: Locate the sitemap you want to remove in the “Submitted sitemaps” section. You will see a list of submitted sitemaps, along with their submission date and status.
Remove the sitemap: Click on the three vertical dots next to the sitemap URL you want to remove, and then click on “Remove sitemap” in the dropdown menu.
Confirm removal: A confirmation prompt will appear. Click on “Remove” to confirm the removal of the sitemap.
Keep in mind that removing a sitemap from Google Search Console does not prevent Google from crawling or indexing the pages included in the sitemap. To prevent Google from crawling specific pages or sections of your website, you’ll need to update your site’s robots.txt file or use the appropriate meta tags, such as “noindex” or “nofollow.”
It’s also worth noting that if you remove a sitemap, you’ll lose historical data associated with it in Google Search Console. Consider downloading any relevant data before removing the sitemap if you think you may need it later.
Published on: 2023-03-31
Updated on: 2023-03-31