After your site goes live, you will need to register your sitemap with Google to expedite the process of indexing your new site or, if you have an existing site, re-indexing your site based on the new structure. This is done via Google's Webmaster Tools.
If you do not already have an account, the first thing you will need to do is create an account with Google Webmaster Tools.
We have outlined this process below. For instructions on registering your site with Bing please visit Bing Webmaster Tools and use our Freeform HTML page as described below for Google.
The process of creating a new account requires that you to verify ownership of your site. To do that Google will supply you with an HTML file that needs to be uploaded to your site. Metro Publisher does not allow you to upload HTML files, but there is another way to do it with Pages.
- Create a new Freeform HTML page in Pages. If you are unfamiliar with Pages, watch this overview video. Be sure to name the file EXACTLY the same thing as the HTML file provided by Google. Also, do NOT assign it to a section. This will ensure that it is in the top level directory which is where Google will be looking for it.
For example: google0630fc9a940f0276.html
- Now, open the HTML from Google in any text editor and copy the contents. Then go into the Page you created in Metro Publisher. Switch to the view source mode and paste.
Registering Your Sitemap
Once your Webmaster Tools account is set up properly, the next step is to submit your sitemap. All Metro Publisher websites have an automatically generated XML sitemap. There are various reasons why you will need to know the location of your sitemap. The most important is to register your sitemap via Webmaster Tools in order to force Google to index your site. It is not intended for humans, but is very important for the various search engines to index the structure of your website.
1. Locate Your Sitemap
To locate your sitemap you simply have to add "sitemap.xml" after your domain name. For example:
NOTE: If your site is not yet live, you can locate the sitemap by using the temporary web addressed assigned to you when you set up your Metro Publisher account. It should look something like this: http://mywebsite.metropublisher.net/sitmap.xml. However, you must use your real domain name after the launch of your site for Google to index your live site.
If you have done this properly, you should see a page that looks something like this:
This example is from our Metro Publisher demo site: http://demo.metropublisher.com/sitemap.xml
2. Submit Your Sitemap to Google
Now that you have located your sitemap, you need to submit it to Google. Here are instructions from Google's support forums how to do that: Manage sitemaps with the Sitemaps page.
NOTE: This guide is only meant to give you an overview of how to submit your Metro Publisher sitemap to Google's Webmaster Tools service. Webmaster Tools is a service of Google and Metro Publisher bears no responsibility for changes to or support for any aspect of Google's Webmaster Tools service.
For questions concerning your Webmaster Tools account, please refer to Google's online help.