Sitemaps on WordPress.com

Are sitemaps important for WordPress Websites the way they are for other Websites? Yes, sitemaps are crucial if you want your blog to be discovered by search engines. The WordPress.com page on sitemaps says

Your blog is enabled with just about everything you need to be super-searchable. This includes an XML sitemap, which you can access at yourblogname.wordpress.com/sitemap.xml. No need to do anything extra on your end. The sitemap file included with your blog is available to every search engine that supports the protocol, including Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask.com, and others. WordPress.com automatically sends updates to search engines every time you update or delete a page or post.

With WordPress.ORG websites (the kind you install yourself at your hosting provider) look at the Plugin Directory for Google XML sitemaps This is the plugin I use on my website at aNetGain.com

Do you ever wonder if this stuff works? Here’s a fun way to test it. Set up a Google Alert for something specific, like your name. Put it in quotes, like “Anet Dunne,” then post something with those words (your name usually shows on a post). Other examples would be using your company name or your trademarked product name. Then see how long it takes before you get a Google alert with your post.

Remember this will only work with blogs that are “public.” If you have blocked your blog from search engines in your Settings, this won’t work. 😉

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One response to “Sitemaps on WordPress.com

  1. It took less than two hours for Google Alerts to report this post to me because of my name appearing .

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