How do you add a sitemap to robots txt?

A sitemap is a file that lists all the important URLs on your website, making it easier for search engines to discover and index your content. Adding a reference to your sitemap in your robots.txt file is a best practice that helps search engines find your sitemap more easily.

To add a sitemap reference to your robots.txt file, follow these steps:

  1. Locate your robots.txt file: This file is usually located in the root directory of your website (e.g., If you don’t have a robots.txt file, you can create one using a plain text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
  2. Add the sitemap reference: At the end of your robots.txt file, add a new line that starts with “Sitemap:” followed by the full URL of your sitemap. For example:

If you have multiple sitemaps, you can list them all, one per line:

  1. Save and upload the robots.txt file: Save the changes to your robots.txt file, and upload it to your website’s root directory using an FTP client or your web hosting control panel, if needed.
  2. Verify the changes: To make sure you’ve added the sitemap reference correctly, visit your robots.txt file in your browser (e.g., and check that the “Sitemap:” line with your sitemap URL is present.

By adding your sitemap to your robots.txt file, you make it easier for search engines to find and crawl your website’s content, which can ultimately improve your site’s visibility in search results.


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

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