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Setup XML sitemaps for Google

Turn on Sitemaps

Neto administrators will create a sitemap during the process of setting your website live, you can however turn this on at any time by following the steps below. The sitemap URL for Neto websites uses the following format:

  1. From Neto dashboard, go to Setup & tools > All settings & tools
  2. Under Processes & Scheduled Jobs heading, click on System Scheduled Tasks
  3. Look for the process Name called Site Map, tick the checkbox and mark as Active

To generate your site map instantly, click on the green Run button, on the right of the site map job.

Set Up Google Sitemaps

Search engines crawlers like Googlebot will eventually crawl your site naturally, but you can also submit your sitemap directly to Google.

  1. Follow the link to Google Webmasters and click on the green Search Console button.

  2. Log in or create an account for the same domain name that your website is located on.

  3. Enter the web address of your site, and click Add A Property.

  4. You will then need to verify yourself as the site owner through one of the provided methods (HTML file, HTML tag, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager).
  5. Select your site on your Google Search Console home page.
  6. Select Crawl.
  7. Select Sitemaps.
  8. Select Add/Test Sitemap and enter sitemap_index.xml.gz
  9. Select Submit Sitemap.

Why does Neto use ‘sitemap_index.xml’ instead of ‘sitemap.xml’?

Some of our customers have extremely large websites with large numbers of both products and categories. Most search engines have limits on the size of the sitemap that you can submit to them but they support having multiple sitemap files. The sitemap_index.xml file is an XML file that lists multiple XML sitemap files. By using the sitemap index instead of a single sitemap file you are making sure that you do not have to update your webmaster tools if you outgrow having a single sitemap file.

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Last Modified: 18/07/2018 Neto Version: 6.9