WordPress Plugin for SEO – If you have created your website on WordPress and want to create the XML sitemap to your website then, Yoast is one of the popular SEO plugins. Yoast makes it easy for WordPress users to create and submit an XML sitemap. Yoast is free desktop software.
For making a XML sitemap for WordPress users you must be using WordPress.org site, you must have installed Yoast in your device, and your website must be connected to Google Search Console.
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If you’ve done all the three tasks, then let’s jump in and get started. Firstly we will make sure that Yoast plugin is all ready to create sitemaps for you. For doing so we need to turn on Yoast’s advanced settings.
Click on to Yoast plugin. On the left sidebar there is a icon named “SEO” having a “Y” icon. Click on the “Dashboard” option.
From Dashboard, click “Features”. From the Features tab, find the “Advanced Setting Pages” and set it enabled.
Now scroll to the bottom and “Save Changes”.
Now we’ve turned on Yoast advanced features and can start creating our XML Sitemap. Now, the left sidebar is changed and a few additional options are added. This is where we get into details of creating the XML sitemap. Although, creating sitemap is easy but we’ll discuss the instructions in a detailed way.
Note: If you don’t see the menu, click on the “Y SEO” main menu to make the dropdown menu expand.
Click on “XML Sitemaps”, this is where we will setup XML sitemap functionally.
A new page will open where you will see many options
You can leave first tab, “General” as it is without making any changes. If you change any setting then make sure to click the blue “Save Changes” button at the bottom.
Now move to “User Sitemap” tab. If you have multiple authors in your website and want their author archive URLs to be indexed, you can enable this tab by setting enable to “Author/ User Sitemap”.
If you leave it disabled, that won’t harm the full functionality of the sitemap. If you have made any changes, click “Save Changes”.
Now, it’s “Post Types” turn.
In this section we’ll decide which types of posts should be indexed. In most of the case you want to include everything (including media) in sitemap. If you are not sure what to do, then keep everything in the sitemap. After this, click “Save Changes”.
Now, click “Excluded Posts”.
If there are posts which you don’t want to include, then add them here. Please keep in mind, if you keep a post off of the sitemap, people can still find it, access it, and view it. And, as if often the case, Google might still index it. If you’ve added any posts to the exclusion list, click “save changes.”
Finally, click “Taxonomies”. Most likely, keep settings same here. The more tabs you keep in sitemap the fuller and most helpful your XML sitemap will be.
If you make any changes, be sure to click “Save Changes”. Now go back to the “General” tab.
Under the heading “XML Sitemap”, click to view your XML Sitemap. Now when you open it you’ll be taken to an actual page on your site. It may look something like this.
Copy the last part of the URL – sitemap_index.xml. This is what we are going to submit to the Google.
Whether you are a WordPress user or have a Screaming Frog sitemap, the instructions for submitting the sitemap to Google are same.
For submitting sitemap to Google please check https://www.pixelfollow.com/submitting-sitemap-to-google/
Hope in this article – XML sitemap using Yoast every things is clear.