An XML Sitemap is a list of URLs on your site in XML format that tells search engines how to index your pages. The XML Sitemap allows Google to retrieve information about your site structure and pages. It also informs search engines when you update your content. In the XML Sitemap you can indicate the priority of any given page, and how often your pages are modified. An XML Sitemap is needed:
The in-built XML Sitemap generator in WebSite Auditor SEO spider lets you generate an XML sitemap quickly and easily. Creating a ready-to-submit XML sitemap is a matter of a few clicks. First, install and launch Website Auditor. Enter the URL of your site to create a project, and the software will immediately crawl your site. Then, in your Website Auditor project, go to Site Structure > Pages > Website Tools and click the Sitemap button in the main toolbar.
Click Next, and here we go, your free XML sitemap will be generated! Finally, you can check the log or open the destination folder to get the file.
Alternatively, you can select pages in your workspace and right-click on the list to open the context menu, which will allow you to generate your Google sitemap for all the pages or some specific selected pages in the workspace (that's convenient if you have some enabled filters in the workspace).
To make the process smooth, you can adjust automatic settings for Sitemap generation and submission. Depending on the option you select, you should either specify the destination folder along with the naming settings. Or you configure your settings for the XML Sitemap generator to create and upload the Google Sitemap straight to your website via FTP.
Go to Preferences > XML Sitemap Settings. Here, select a publishing option: uploading your XML Sitemap to the website via FTP or saving to your hard drive.
You can edit the publishing options and select to save to your hard drive. Additionally, you can save Google XML Sitemaps to different folders, created by your customers' names or by dates of creation, to keep your sitemaps in chronological order. You can name the sitemap file and choose whether to compress it using ZIP compression.
You may want to instruct Google what pages not to crawl and how often your pages are updated. For example, category pages, addresses, terms and policies are not changed frequently. So why waste your crawl budget on pages that are updated rarely?
Using general settings, you can select which pages to include in the sitemap, set their change frequency, priority, and last modification date. Unlike many plugins, WebSite Auditor's XML Sitemap generator lets you exclude pages blocked from indexing by robots.txt or X-Robots tags from being added to the Google sitemap.
You can include hreflang tags into your XML Sitemap to instruct the search engine what language version it corresponds to. Select a page, right-click on it and hit Set Page Language Versions. A new menu will appear where you will be able to select the language and the country, and designate a page to show up on searches respective to its localization settings.
Just a few clicks, and the hreflang tag values will be added to your XML Sitemap.
Website Auditor XML Sitemap maker lets you create unlimited sitemaps for unlimited number of URLs, for large sites with subdomains and localized versions. A free XML Sitemap will include up to 500 URLs.