If you are a site owner, then you might be having one of the major concerns of the search engine traffic. There must be the right interlinking of the product and the search engine must know about each and every link on the website.
Google from quite long is having one of the basic Webmaster tools which do require Sitemaps. They have clearly mentioned about the importance of the Sitemap for a website. Each and every Google’s product encourages submission of a sitemap.
A sitemap is basically nothing, but a map of your website where it will be specifying the number of pages your website have, the number of posts your website, number of pages linking to the home page, number of pages linking to contact us page and about us page. This will help Google to create a map in their system, and further use it while your website is displayed in the result.
Today, we will be talking about a number of plug-ins where you can easily create the Sitemaps for your website in some simple clicks. First, let us start with an introduction of Sitemaps so you can better understand what exact thing we are going to be talking about.
What is a Sitemap?
Back in 2005 when Google was not only the big brother, but Yahoo and Microsoft was also equivalent, but Sitemap was introduced by Google, and Yahoo & Microsoft supported the concept. However, now this sitemap helps the search engine to organize its crawl schedule on the website and index the content of the website in a much better format.
The sitemap doesn’t only include the URLs of a particular page, a particular post, but will also include the date of page or article was last modified along with the amount of time when the page is modified. The best SEO Sitemap is the one based on the XML format which will include all the URLs, if your website is kinda small then you can create your own without any problem, however, you must create one with the automated plugins available because they are the best when it comes to creating such XML format Sitemaps.
Let us talk about different plugins for creating an XML sitemap and see which one is best for your needs.
1. Yoast SEO
When it comes to SEO on WordPress best website, Yoast SEO is one of the best plugins which you can set up easily. It turns out to be in the top list of the SEO plugin from past 3 years. It contains a host full of features for all the SEO needs; you will have to your website.
They also include the images in the sitemap and have their captions and alt tags updated without any effort from the user side. However, it has limitations of up-to 50,000 URLs which limits the usage of the plug-in beyond that.
2. All in One SEO Pack
This one is also a popular SEO plugin which many WordPress users are using for handling their SEO. The plugin has all the basic SEO features which are available with Yoast SEO. You can easily generate the same XML sitemap here. With Yoast SEO most of the things are kind of automatic, and fewer options are available for the user, but with All in One SEO Pack, you can customize most of the part of the sitemap.
3. Premium SEO Pack
This SEO plugin is available only as a paid version, which results into a few download of the plugin, but the plug-in is quite good and features a number of features for SEO. Unlike Yoast SEO and All In One SEO pack where we have to generate the sitemap by manually selecting the option, the Premium SEO pack does it automatically, and it is the best in handling local and video Sitemaps.
You must check out the Premium SEO Pack so that you can easily get to a conclusion if it is of your use or not.
4. Google Sitemap
This is one of the best plug-ins for the people who don’t require any SEO plug-in or don’t want to use the Sitemap feature of the particular plug-in. It works quite well and easily creates the sitemap and submits to the Google Webmaster tools or the Google Search Console.
5. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
Another great and proven plug-in with over 100,000 installs. This plugin also does the same as the other plug-in do. This plugin-in is helpful if you have Google News on your website because it does enable you to directly submit the sitemap to the Google News Website.
These are few plugins which will be helping you to create an XML Sitemap of your website, which will enable overall better visibility of the website.
About The Author
Maggie Sawyer is a creative web developer at MarkupHQ Ltd., a leading PSD to WordPress conversion services with vast experience in web development & design. She provides WordPress theme conversion services with 100% client satisfaction guarantee.