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Why is My Showit Website Not Showing Up on Google?

Nov 8, 2023

If I had a dollar for every time I heard this question from people, I’d be rich! I figured it was worth writing a more detailed blog post on to clear things up.

Do you ever wonder why your website doesn’t show up on Google’s search results? It might be because you haven’t submitted your sitemap to Google Search Console. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps to submit your website’s sitemap to Google and explain why it’s crucial for improving your online visibility.

Why Submit a Sitemap?

A sitemap is like a roadmap for search engines, showing them the structure of your website and helping them index your content efficiently. Without a sitemap, Google has to guess which pages to display in search results, potentially causing your site to go unnoticed. By submitting a sitemap, you take control of how your website appears in search results, leading to faster inclusion and better overall site health.

Do All Websites Need a Sitemap?

Not every website must submit a sitemap, but it’s HIGHLY recommended for these scenarios:

  1. New Website: If you’ve recently launched a website (yay congrats!!), submitting a sitemap is crucial.
  2. Multiple Web Pages: Websites with several web pages can benefit significantly from sitemaps.
  3. Frequent Updates: If you regularly update your site with blog posts, products, or promotions, a sitemap keeps your content fresh in Google’s eyes.

Even if your website doesn’t fall into these categories, it’s still really smart to submit a sitemap. Think of it as a way to guide Google in indexing your site accurately, especially if you’ve invested time and effort in your online presence.

Why Your Showit Sitemap Matters

For Showit users, the good news is that the platform automatically generates an XML sitemap for you. All you need to do is provide Google Search Console with your Showit sitemap URL. This simple action ensures your website’s visibility and helps you reap the rewards of your hard work.

How to Submit a Sitemap to Google Search Console:

Now that you understand the importance of submitting a sitemap, let’s dive into the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Create an Account

Begin by creating a free account with Google Search Console if you don’t already have one.

Step 2: Add Property

In the upper left corner, click on the property section, and then select “Add Property.” This is where you’ll add your website to Google Search Console.

You can see my website URLs show up, yours will be blank!

Step 3: Choose Property Type & Verify Ownership

When adding your property, you’ll need to choose between “Domain” DNS verification or “URL Prefix.” Either one works, if you choose ‘domain’ you will have to sign in to your domain provider to link accounts.

Step 4: Create an XML Sitemap

Showit generates an XML sitemap for your webpages, but if you have a blog using Showit’s WordPress integration, you’ll need to handle it slightly differently. In this case, go to your WordPress account and download the free Yoast plugin. Activate the “XML Sitemaps” feature in the “SEO” section, ensuring your sitemap can be located at yourdomain.com/sitemap_index.xml.

Step 5: Submit Sitemap on Google Search Console

After verifying ownership and creating an XML sitemap, head to Google Search Console and click on “Sitemaps” in the left menu. Add your sitemap URL in the text field and hit “Submit.”

Voila! Your Website Is Listed on Google

Submitting your website’s sitemap to Google Search Console is like giving your website a well-defined path to follow. It’s a simple step that can lead to faster indexing, improved visibility, and increased organic traffic. Don’t worry if you encounter an error message initially; it may take some time for Google to scan your URLs for indexing. If you have any questions or successfully submitted your Showit sitemap, feel free to let me know in the comments – I’m happy to help!

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