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Setting Up XML Sitemaps for WordPress

One of the things that can really help a website in the search results is to have an XML sitemap which actively communicates with the search engines regarding content as it is createdon the website. With WordPress, and 2.7 Coltrane, setting up a sitemap is a 5 minute affair, easy as 1-2-3.

First, download the XML Sitemaps Generator plugin found here: http://www.arnebrachhold.de/projects/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps-generator/

Once installed, you’ll need to generate the initial sitemap:

xml_sitemap_wordpress

Once this is done, you should have a sitemap page that looks like this:

arnebrachhold_wordpress

Next, you need to go to Google Webmaster Tools and submit your sitemap. If you need to set up an account, just use your gmail login.

google_webmasters_add_site

google_analytics_sitemap

Thats it! For additional great SEO plugins for WordPress, check out this link: http://mashable.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/

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