Have you launched your Showit website but have received no traffic yet?
When you launch or make dramatic changes to your website it’s best practice to let Google know so they can come and crawl your website and start ranking you for keywords.
You let Google know this by submitting a sitemap to Google Search Console. In this friendly guide, we’ll show you exactly how to submit a sitemap for a Showit website.
We’re going to cover how to submit not one, but two sitemaps for your Showit site – one for your main site and another for your blog.
Submitting a Showit Sitemap is simpler than it sounds, and we’ll walk you through it step by step.
If you are using Showit for your website and you have a Blog, you will need to submit two sitemaps to Google. If you only have the Showit website (No Blog) then you will just have to submit the one.
The first sitemap is for your main website, helping Google find and index all your primary pages.
Because your blog is run through WordPress, not Showit you need to submit two. The second sitemap is specifically for your blog content. Since blogs often have regularly updated posts and separate page structures, a dedicated blog sitemap ensures that your latest articles are quickly discovered and indexed by Google.
This double-sitemap approach maximizes your online visibility, making sure both your main site and blog content are effectively showcased in search results.
If you have already connected your website and Google Search Console move on to the next step.
Google Search Console is a free tool provided by Google that offers a range of features to help you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results. I love this tool because you can see your rankings in Google without having to pay for SEO tools such as Semrush or UberSuggest.
Step 1: Go to https://search.google.com/u/1/search-console.
Step 2: Sign in to Google using your business account.
Step 3: The below screen will appear. Use the Domain side option. Add your URL and press continue.
Step 4: The next screen will provide instructions to add the TXT or CNAME setting to your DNS Record. You will be able to access your DNS setting where you bought your domain aka URL such as GoDaddy and Squarespace domains.
If this step scares you just pay someone to do it for you. You only need to set-up once and it’s done forever. We set up for clients with the 7-day Intensive service but you can find other people that could do just this service.
Finding your Showit Sitemap is very easy. Follow the steps below to find your Showit sitemap and your Showit (WordPress) Sitemap for your blogs.
Simply type into your search engines: yourdomain.com/siteinfo.xml
A page like this will appear. That’s your sitemap! Now your need to copy the URL and paste in to Google Search Console. The instructions for this is below.
Your SEO plugin such as Yoast or Rankmath will generate your blog sitemap for you. To find your blog sitemap search: yourdomain.com/sitemap_index.xml.
Yoast is automatically installed when you first get your Showit Blog, personally, I prefer Rankmath but both do the job.
This is what your sitemap will look like if you use RankMath.
Great job. Now on to the last step, actually submitting your sitemaps to Google Search console so some Google bots will come and crawl your website.
Step 1: Return back to Google Search Console
Step 2: Locate ‘Sitemap’ on the left hand panel.
Step 3: Now paste your Showit Sitemap link and paste in the section that says ‘Enter Sitemap URL’
Great job! You have done it! Now repeat this with your blog sitemap link if you have a blog.
Note: If your status says ‘Couldn’t fetch’ don’t worry just give it a few minutes, this usually fixes itself and just needs a few moments to propogate.
If you choose not to submit a sitemap for your Showit website or blog, your pages can still be discovered by search engines. Here’s what typically happens:
In short, while your site can still be found without a sitemap, providing one to search engines like Google helps move things along more efficiently, ensuring your content gets the visibility it deserves.
Submitting a sitemap for your Showit site doesn’t have to be a frequent task. Here’s when you should consider it:
In essence, while a one-time submission is often sufficient, updating your sitemap submission after significant changes ensures your website’s latest version is accurately reflected and indexed in search engines.
Think of a sitemap as the blueprint of a house. Just like a blueprint shows the layout of each room and how they connect, a sitemap displays all the pages on your website and how they link together. It gives search engines like Google a clear plan of your site’s structure, making it easier for them to find and index every room (or page) in your website house. This way, when someone searches for something you offer, the search engine knows exactly where to find it on your site.
You don’t need to create a sitemap manually in Showit. When you publish your site, Showit automatically generates a sitemap for you. You then need to submit this sitemap to Google Search Console. To get your Showit Sitemap type the URL: yourdomain.com/siteinfo.xml
Your Showit sitemap is typically located at yourdomain.com/siteinfo.xml. Just replace “yourdomain.com” with your actual domain.
Yes, there are several free tools available online to generate sitemaps if you need one for other purposes. However, for Showit, your sitemap is automatically generated.
While not always necessary for very small websites, a sitemap can still be beneficial. It helps search engines understand and index your site more efficiently, no matter the size. So yes, I recommend submitting a sitemap. It’s an easy take and can get results faster.
Caitlin Christensen is an expert in digital marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). Owner of Creative SEO Coach. She specializes in optimizing websites built on popular web building platforms Showit and WordPress. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, Caitlin has helped countless small businesses and organizations improve their organic visibility on search engines.
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