How to create sitemap for your Magento site step by step

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Sitemap is a special file that list the web pages of a website that is accessible to search engine bot (crawlers) or real users. Sitemap tells search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo about the structure of your website, makes it easier for search engine bots (crawlers) to discover all content on your site.

Sitemap is very important for SEO (Search engine optimization), especially for big site with lots of information and fresh content.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to Create Google sitemap for a Magento site

Create Sitemap using Magento built in function

Magento has an integrated function that allows users to create sitemap within 1 click.

First, go to Magento backend > Catalog > Google Sitemap tab

add sitemap to magento

Next, we insert filename for sitemap as: sitemap.xml and path to sitemap: “/”, when you are done, click on Save and Generate

create sitemap for magento

Now the new sitemap for your site is created, to update the sitemap with new pages, click on Generate button in action column

Next, we will check if the sitemap is properly created by go to sitemap url: http://yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml , for example http://magentoexplorer.com/sitemap.xml

Configure Sitemap for Magento

Now we will configure the sitemap we created, in Magento backend go to System > Configuration > Google Sitemap. Here you will see option for sitemap, you can change Frequency for sitemap generation and set priority for sitemap, just select desired values and save config.

configure sitemap setting magento

To enable auto generation for sitemap, first in Generation setting select yes for “Enable”

Next we need to make sure that Magento Cron Job is running, we need to add cron.sh first to crontab using this:

Add sitemap to Robot.txt

After creating sitemap we will add sitemap in robot.txt file to tell search engine crawlers the path to sitemap file by adding this line:

Submit sitemap to Google

To make google faster access your sitemap and craw, we should manually submit it to Google by using Google Webmastertool.

add sitemap to webmastertool google

Enter file name of the sitemap we created in Step 1 and click on Submit

If you’re interested in how Magento generate sitemap, take a look at this resource http://alanstorm.com/generating_google_sitemaps_in_magento/

 

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