This week we are going to cover using the Google Site Map feature with your StoresOnline account.

What is a Google sitemap and why should I have one?

A Sitemap is an XML file, which lets you tell Google about all the pages on your site, and optionally, information about those pages, such as which are most important and how often they change. By submitting a Sitemap file, you can take control of the first part of the crawling/indexing processes: Google’s discovery of the pages.

Sitemaps helps speed up the discovery of your pages, which is an important first step in crawling and indexing your pages, but there are many other factors that influence the crawling/indexing processes. Sitemaps lets you tell Google information about your pages (which ones you think are most important, how often the pages change), so you can have a voice in these subsequent steps.

There are a couple of documents which I will provide to you in PDF format. In order to view PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The first document is the overview document that will show you how to Verify your site with Google and Create/Upload your Google Sitemap. To download this document, click here.

Why verify and add a Google Sitemap?

By verifying your site, you can access comprehensive statistics and crawl errors about the pages in your site.

The second document will walk you through step-by-step how to establish your sitemap with Google. This document is 22 pages long. To download this document, click here.

Should you have any questions or comments about using or setting up your Sitemap, please don't hesitate to contact customer support. As always, we can be reached via any of the following methods:

Telephone Support: (801) 434-8582 Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm Mountain Time
Electronic Support: available 24x7.

See you next time!

Sean Guy
Director of Customer Service
StoresOnline, Inc.
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