Updating your website is often fun and enjoyable and can pay off extremely well if you do it right.
One issue that arises upon completion of your new site is SEO. Google hold on to submitted sitemaps without ever updating themselves, leaving it up to us the developers to re-create and re-submit them. Then we face yet another issue. Making Google show our new sitemap in its search results. To perform this tutorial you will need the following :
- Completed Website (All Static Pages must Be Complete)
- New Sitemap XML File
- Google WMT Account
Once you’ve got all three you can continue with our guide.
Step 1. Uploading The XML File
Log in to your Google WMT Account and you will be presented with the following screen :
Click on the site you wish to re-index and you will see the following :
On this screen, in the last third of the page you will see the button that says ‘Sitemaps’. Click this button. You’ll now be presented with a page that shows all your uploaded sitemaps and corresponding link map files. Delete these, as they are old and you will have now updated your link structures and content. Now you will see the following on screen :
On this page you are able to Test and the continue to add the newly generated sitemap. To do so, hit the red button in the top right corner of the User Interface and enter the URL of your sitemap (note that the domain isn’t required). Then hit either ‘Test Sitemap’ or ‘Submit Sitemap’.
Step 2. The Re-Indexing Bit
Now, once you’ve submitted the sitemap and refreshed your page, you will have to wait for the sitemap to process (generally takes 10-15 minutes). After it has finished processing you can move on to the following steps.
You will see on the left hand side of our page, under the ‘Crawl’ Section, a link that says ‘Fetch as Google’. You want to hit that link.
You’ll then be presented with a screen that looks like this :
To re-index the homepage, just hit ‘Fetch’, if however you want to re-index certain parts of the website, you will need to enter the url extension you wish to fetch and then hit ‘Fetch’. After this you will see the link appear in a table below. Once you are happy with your ‘Fetches’ hit submit to index and choose the corresponding option from the dialog box that appears.
We hope we’ve helped you out and will be answering questions below.