The main function of sitemap is to help search engines know precisely the URLs of your web pages, better grasp the structure of your website and fully understand what your website is about, so that search engines can quickly index your web pages and give them proper rankings in search results. And how to make sitemap take effect as soon as possible?—sitemap submission is what you have to do.
By simply creating and uploading the sitemap file to your server cannot immediately attract the attention of search engine bots (for you have to wait for their irregular visit to your site, and this is too passive). Therefore, if you want those bots notice your sitemap right after you completed sitemap building, you should submit your sitemap to the major search engines.
The question is, how to do sitemap submission?
Submit Your Sitemap with Webmaster Tools
This is the way all the search engines may suggest you to do, i.e. the official site map submission means.
Preparation for official site map submission: 1. create a Webmaster Tools (to Google with Google Webmaster Tools; to Yahoo, Bing and Live with Bing Webmaster Toos account, and then add and verify your website to this account. 2. Make sure that your sitemap has no error and is valid for all the major search engines (otherwise they won't accept it).
And the actual site map submission process is quite easy—you can submit your sitemap at Google Webmaster Tools home page or Bing Webmaster Center by following the instructions they provide for you.
However, this official means has its disadvantages: troublesome registering and verifying; tiresome submission process—once you created a sitemap file, you have to submit it to all the search engines one by one, and every time a new or updated sitemap file comes out, you need a resubmission (hope your website does not update too frequently).
Sitemap X is an awarding and free sitemap tool which can automatically deal with everything revolving around sitemap.
Sitemap X' s site map submission: no registering, no verifying, and no step-by-step submission process, yet it can submit your sitemap to all major search engines in seconds.
And there is more sitemap X can do for you: sitemap generation—instantly crawl the whole website (including forums and blogs) and generate standard sitemaps of different types (XML, GZ, TXT and HTML); sitemap uploading—with its built-in FTP/FTPS/SFTP Client you can manually or automatically upload your sitemap to the site server; site problem detecting—discover and report all the site problems which prevent your site ranking high for you to rectify; scheduled sitemap submission—if you update your sitemap on a regular basis, you can set a schedule and let it do the submission at a fixed time.
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