Joomla SEO Tutorial: How to Submit Your Joomla XML Sitemap to Google Search Console (With Pictures)
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Want to submit your Joomla XML sitemap to Google Search Console/Webmaster Tools? This JovialGuide has the steps that will teach you how to easily submit your Joomla XML sitemap to Google.
Google Search Console comes with two user Interferes. These Interferes are:
- New User Interfere (Google Search Console)
- Old User Interfere (Google Webmaster Tools)
Google Search Console was formally called Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) and was later changed to Google Search Console (GSC).
In this tutorial, we’ll learn to submit our XML sitemap using the two User Interferes Google Console has.
What are the Differences Between Google Search Console and Google Webmaster Tools?
The change of name and the change/improvement in the User Interfere (UI) are the differences, these differences are minor. Apart from the mentioned, there are no (other) differences. GSC and GWT are the same!
The User Interfere (UI) of Google Search Console is more advanced than that of Google Webmaster Tools. Because it’s built using the more advanced technologies. Yet, users still choose Google Webmaster Tools over Google Search Console.
Which Interfere Should I use? GSC or GWT?
Use any of the User Interferes you are most comfortable using, whether it is Google Search Console (GSC) or Google Webmaster Tools (GWT), there’s just no problem!
If you decide to use the new Interfere which is Google Search Console to submit your XML sitemap, there’s just no problem. What if you decide to use the old User Interfere (Google Webmaster Tools)? There’s absolutely no problem! The good thing is that both of them submits your website or sitemap to Google database. That is, both of them give the same result!
Now that you’ve understood what Google Search Console and Google Webmaster Tools are, let’s get to the steps to submit our Joomla XML sitemap to Google database.
Copy Your Joomla XML Sitemap URL
Copy the URL of your Joomla XML sitemap, you’ll need it later in this tutorial.
Submitting Your Joomla XML Sitemap Using: New Interfere (Google Search Console )
This section teaches you how to submit your XML sitemap using the new User Interfere which is GSC.
Visit the Google Search Console page, click start now and sign up or sign in with your Gmail account details.
On the left side of your search console page, you’ll find a property dropdown selector, click on it.
When it drops, click submit sitemap .
On the sitemap submission page, enter or paste the URL of your Joomla XML sitemap you copied earlier and click submit .
If you are able to see a success message after submitting your Joomla XML sitemap, congratulations, you’ve successfully submitted your XML sitemap to Google, using Search Console User Interfere. If you don’t see a success message, repeat the above steps again.
If you aren’t comfortable or you don’t like the User Interfere of search console, you could easily switch to Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) interfere, since both give the same result.
Submitting your Joomla XML Sitemap Using: Old Interfere (Google Webmaster Tools)
Visit the Google Webmaster Tools page and sign up sign in with your Gmail account details.
If you are still on the search console page and you want to switch. You could easily switch to Google Webmaster Tools by clicking on the property selector dropdown.
Find switch to old version. Click on it and you’ll be connected to Google Webmaster Tools.
On the left side of Google Webmaster Tools, find and click on crawl » submit sitemap.
Other links shows up when you click crawl. So, you have to click on it before submit sitemap shows.
Enter or paste the URL of your Joomla XML sitemap you copied earlier and hit submit to submit your XML sitemap to Google database.
Wait for a success message. If you are able to see a success message, congratulations, your Joomla XML sitemap has been submitted to Google, using Google Webmaster Tools interfere. If you don’t see a success message, repeat the steps again, you probably didn’t follow the steps correctly.
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Sitemap contain links to all of the pages and posts in your website. It enables search engines better understand your website and encourages fast indexing of website posts/pages.
Now that you’ve submitted your sitemap.xml file, you’ll notice that your SEO score will take a different posture. Don’t feel you’ve done everything, SEO doesn’t end there, it’s a continuous practice!
Keep updating your Joomla website to experience an encouraging SEO score.
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