After understanding what are sitemaps & importance of sitemaps for SEO of your site it is now required to go for the first step, creating sitemaps for your website. What are Sitemaps & how important they are in SEO?
There are so many methods to create XML sitemaps. XML sitemaps can be create using online tools or by softwares.
Create XML Sitemaps Online
Somtimes it is needed to create sitemaps online which is a much easier option when your site is having page size less than 500 MB. This option is excellent for you if you own blogs on Blogger, Typepad or other free blogging platforms. To build your website XML sitemap online you can use the excellent free service provided by xml-sitemaps.org which helps to create sitmaps in different formats like XML, ROR, Text & HTML.
Just enter the website URL & other details just what I have done in the following screenshot below & Click Start.
This process will take some time depending upon the pages in the website.
Result will allow you to save the sitemaps in all the different format. Just Downlaod them & its done.
Create XML Sitemaps using Plugin
Thanks for the Google Sitmap plugin allows to create sitemaps for once & leave the rest of the job to this plugin.
This option is most suitable & easy to implement if you own a website hosted on servers & use WordPress platform. Simply download the plugin & upload it to the server using FireFTP or FileZilla software. Activate it from the plugins page & configure the options you want. All Done.
Everytime you edit or create a post, your sitemap is updated and all major search engines that support the sitemap protocol, like ASK.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO, are notified about the update. It supports all of the WordPress generated pages as well as custom ones.
So, Once you have an latest sitemap in hand you can submit it to different search engines, which will be covered in the nest post under Complete SEO Success Guide for Bloggers section.