If you run a Shopify store, you know the importance of sitemaps. A sitemap is a layout of your website’s page structure that helps search engines like Google crawl and index your pages. In other words, it ensures that Google is aware of all of your pages on the website in case it misses any, which helps your search exposure.
Add “/sitemap.xml” to your homepage URL to find your sitemap on Shopify. For example, if your website is called “https://www.yourshopifystore.com”, your sitemap would be at “https://www.yourshopifystore.com/sitemap.xml”
In this article, I’ll provide detailed information on where and how to find your sitemap in Shopify, so keep reading if you want to know how.
Find your sitemap in the browser search bar
A sitemap ensures that search engines like Google can crawl your site quickly and easily. With a sitemap, it will be much easier for search engines to locate your essential pages. Sometimes search engines can miss pages because of crawl depth.
Sitemaps are also helpful in informing search engines about any changes that have been made to the site, such as new or updated products and blog posts. Therefore, this makes them an essential tool for controlling search engine crawling and improving the indexation of your Shopify store.
To find your sitemap in Shopify, follow these simple steps:
- Open a web browser and type your Shopify store URL into the search bar.
- Add /sitemap.xml to the end of the URL
- Press “Enter” on your keyboard to go to the page. You should now see a list of all your Shopify pages organized by category and date.
How to submit your Shopify sitemap to Google
Once you have located your sitemap on your website, you can submit it directly to Google Search Console. This will ensure that Google has indexed your site correctly and can quickly access new or updated content.
To submit your sitemap to Google Search Console, follow these steps:
- Log into your Google Search Console account and navigate to the Sitemaps tab.
- Click on the ‘Add/Test Sitemap‘ button.
- Enter your sitemap URL.
- Click ‘Submit.’
Benefits of submitting your sitemap
Your Shopify store will now have a faster indexation time, meaning more of your products will likely appear in search results.
Enhance visibility in the search results because sometimes search engines can miss pages by the crawl depth being too large.
Keep your site
Make sure you check in regularly to Google Search Console and submit any changes you make to your store.
Video tutorial – submit Shopify sitemap to Google
The following YouTube video is a step-by-step demonstration of how to find your sitemap in Shopify:
Tip: Consider adding a blog section to your Shopify site to improve your store’s ranking and visibility in search results. This will allow you to publish regular content to keep your site fresh and relevant to customers. Plus, it can drive more traffic to your store.
If you’re running a Shopify store, an up-to-date sitemap is essential for optimizing your site and improving your chances of ranking high in search engine results.
To find your sitemap on Shopify, add /sitemap.xml to the URL of your homepage. You can submit this URL directly to Google Search Console for faster indexation and better crawling.