How to Install XML,Image and Video Sitemaps in WordPress
Google Search Engine Optimization Guide
I am doing a series of videos about the Google Search Engine Optimization Guide.
In the section of the Guide about How To Make Your Site Easier To Navigate it suggests creating two sitemaps, an HTML sitemap and XML sitemap.
The HTML sitemap is covered in a previous post and video called How To Set Up An HTML sitemap.
This video below will show how to set up an XML sitemap. It also shows how to set up an Image sitemap and a Video sitemap as well. These last two are suggested in a section of the
Guide that covers image optimization, but I combined them in this video because the set up process is the same when using the add new WordPress plugin function.
How to Setup The Sitemaps in WordPress
To set up the sitemaps you click the Plugin Tab in the WordPress dashboard sidebar and then click add new button. Type in the sitemap you are looking for and then find it in the list of choices that appears on your screen.
The three that I recommend are:
Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemap for Images
Google XML Sitemap for Videos
Once you have installed and activated them, you want to go to the settings page for each plugin and click the Generate a Sitemap button.
Every time you generate a sitemap you will copy the extension that results in the url in the address bar of your browser into a notepad. You’ll need those extensions when you register the sitemaps in the Google Webmaster tools.
Google Webmaster Tools
The next step is to go the Google Webmaster Tools and add the sitemaps to your account so that you can get the analytics for your sitemaps.
Log in to your Webmaster Tools account and go to your main dashboard. Select the website from the website list that you are doing the sitemaps for.
In the dashboard for that website, select the sitemap button in the lower right corner of the dashboard screen. This will take you to the Sitemap dashboard.
At the top of the dashboard select Add Sitemap. A data box appears with the site url and an entry waiting for the extension for the sitemap. This is when you go to your notepad and select the extension you need and copy and paste it in to the data box.
You repeat this process for each sitemap, image and video.
Once you have done the data entry you will see the results in the dashboard for each sitemap.
You are done. Give it some time and soon you will be able to come back to the Google Webmaster tool and see the analytics for each sitemap.
The video below will show you step by step what I just laid out so you should be able to get yourself up and running in short order.
That”s it. I hope this has been helpful. Stay with it, stay well and may your travels be prosperous.