Web Marketing Tip #2: Use XML Sitemap Generator to Get All Your Website's Pages Indexed by Google

This post answers the question of what to do if you discover that not all of the pages in your website (or blog) are listed in Google. See Web Marketing Tip #1 to figure out if this is the case.

The quickest way to fix this problem is to create an xml sitemap of your website and submit it to Google. There are a lot of web services that will make an xml sitemap for you. Many of them are free.

I have had success with xml-sitemaps.com and their free online XML Sitemap Generator.

Follow the directions on their site to create a sitemap. If you have more than 500 pages in your site, you can purchase a standalone version of the XML Sitemap Generator for a nominal fee.

Another nice feature of the sitemap tool is that it will find any broken links in your site. Web crawlers like Google’s need all the links in your site to work properly so that they can follow them and then let the Google PageRank software figure out how important or authoritative your site is based on those relationships. If you have a bunch of links that point to pages that no longer exist, that suggests you don’t maintain your site very well and, that your site must not be one that many people use. So find those broken links and fix them!

Now that you have your xml sitemap, you will need a Google account to perform the next step in the process. Go here to create a Google account.

Once you have a Google account, you can go here to see how to add a website to your account. And, when you have added a site, you can then submit the xml sitemap for that site to Google. You will need FTP access to your website for this.

Next, I will go through the process of adding a website to your Google account and submitting an xml sitemap for that site in greater detail.

If any of this does not make sense, just send me a comment using the handy dandy comment form and I will answer ASAP!

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