What is a sitemap?
A sitemap is like a map for a website. It shows how the site is put together and what pages are on it. Think of it as the table of contents for a website instead of a book.
Sitemaps help search engines like Google better understand a website's content and find all of its pages.
Can a Missing Sitemap Hurt Your SEO Score?
If a website doesn't have a sitemap, search engines might miss or take longer to find some pages.
This can hurt your SEO score, which affects how high up in search results your website appears. If search engines can't find or understand your pages, they might not show them to people when they look for related topics. A good sitemap makes it easy for search engines to find and understand your pages, which can help your site rank higher in search results.
How Do I Create a Sitemap for My Website?
If you are looking for a tutorial on how to set up a good sitemap for your website, please follow the steps outlined in this article.
How Do I Fix a Missing Sitemap Error on My Website?
Ubersuggest will check your website’s sitemap in its default location: https://example.com/sitemap.xml If your sitemap is not found there, Ubersuggest will check your robots.txt file (https://example.com/robots.txt) for a sitemap location. Here are possible scenarios for a false-positive error report:
- Your sitemap can’t be found in its default location, and the URL in your robots.txt is invalid. Ubersuggest is reporting that your website is missing a sitemap on your website: https://example.com
To solve this issue, modify your robots.txt file and add your sitemap location following Google’s guidelines.
- Your website has a firewall blocking Ubersuggest robots from accessing it correctly. Ubersuggest is reporting that your website is missing a sitemap on your website’s HTTP version: http://example.com
To solve this issue, add Ubersuggest IPs to your website’s firewall.