We recently covered how to submit your XML sitemap to Google as part of your onsite SEO efforts, so we wanted to be sure we circled back to talk about submitting that same XML sitemap to Bing, as well.
Submitting the XML sitemap is a great way to tell search engines about all the content on your website and make it quicker and easier for the search engines to find, index and return the website in search results.
Steps to Submit the XML Sitemap to Bing
- Jot down the URL for your website’s XML sitemap. For example, com/sitemap.xml.
- Create a Bing Webmaster Toolsaccount and verify that you own the website.
- Once logged into your Bing Webmaster Tools account, go to Configure My Site, then Sitemaps.
- Paste the entire XML sitemap URL into the box. For example, com/sitemap.xml.
- Click “Submit” and you’re done! The status will update when the sitemap has been crawled and indexed.
You’ve poured your heart and soul into creating a new website. The design is perfect. The content flows beautifully. The graphics are stunning. Now you’ve got to get people there.
One of the simplest, and often overlooked, steps of SEO is submitting your XML sitemap to the search engines. Although the search engine bots will eventually find your site anyway, submitting an XML sitemap can help speed up the crawling and indexing processes for your website and help to improve its ability to rank well in search results.
Steps to Submit the XML Sitemap to Google
- Visit your website and make note of the URL of your XML sitemap. For example, com/sitemap.xml.
- Create a Google Search Console account and verify that you own the website.
- Once verified and logged into your Google Search Console account, go to Crawl, then Sitemaps.
- Click the red “Add/Text Sitemap” button then add the subfolder portion of the URL to the box. For example, sitemap.xml.
- Click “Submit” – and you’re done! Refresh your browser to see the sitemap is now listed. You will also be able to see if there are any errors with the sitemap you submitted.