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Google Sitemap

Google Sitemap improves the way your store is indexed by their search engine, and is
specifically designed to find pages which might otherwise be overlooked. As with the standard
Magento sitemap, Google Sitemap is an index of all the pages on your site. However, unlike the
Magento sitemap, the Google Sitemap is not visible to customers.
Process Overview:
Step 1: Remove any “robots.txt” Restrictions
Step 2: Generate the Sitemap
Step 3: Submit Your Sitemap to Google
Step 4: Restore Previous “robots.txt” Restrictions

Step 1: Remove any “robots.txt” Restrictions

When first setting up your Google Sitemap, you must provide full access for Google to index
your site. If you have a robots.txt file, make sure that it includes the following instruction:
User-agent:*
Disallow:
After your sitemap has been successfully submitted to Google, you can restore any instructions
to exclude certain locations of your site. If you have not yet set up a robots.txt file, you can do
so after you finish the sitemap.

Step 2: Generate the Sitemap

1. On the Admin menu, select Catalog > Google Sitemap.
2. In the upper-right corner, click the Add Sitemap button. Then, do the following:
a. In the Filename field, enter: “sitemap.xml”
b. Enter the path to a writable location on your server for the sitemap.

  • To put the sitemap in a folder, enter the path to the folder:
    /sitemaps
  • To put the sitemap at the base path of your store, enter a forward slash: /

c. Set Store View to the view where the sitemap will be used.

3. Click the Save & Generate button to create the sitemap.
The sitemap appears in the list, with a link to sitemap.xml file. From here, you can do the
following:

  • To view the sitemap, click the hyperlink in the Link for Google column. This is the link
    that you will later submit to Google.
  • To update the sitemap, click the Generate link

Step 3: Submit Your Sitemap to Google

1. Go to Google Webmaster Tools and do one of the following:

  • Log in to your existing account.
  • Create a new account, and log in.

2. Click the Add a Site button.

3. When prompted to enter your store address, enter the full URL of your store, such as:
http://www.mystore.com
Then, click the Continue button.
4. To verify that you are the owner of the site, click the Alternate Methods tab. Then, choose one
of the following methods:

  • Add a DNS record to your domain’s configuration
  • Add a meta tag to your site’s home page

To verify your site with a meta tag, do the following:
a. Open two tabs on your browser; one for Google Webmaster Central, and the other that is
logged in to the Admin of your store.
b. Follow the instructions on Webmaster Central to copy the full text of the Google site
verification meta tag.
c. On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration. In the Configuration panel on the
left, under General, click Design.
d. In the HTML Head section, scroll down to Miscellaneous Scripts and paste the site
verification meta tag. Then, click the Save Config button.
e. Return to Google Webmaster Central, and click Verify.

5. After your site is verified and appears in your Google dashboard, do the following:
a. Click the name of your store. Then, click the Sitemaps button.
b. In the upper-right corner, click the Add/Test Sitemap button.
6. Return to your store Admin,and copy the path to your Google sitemap. If necessary, log back
in and do the following:
a. Go to Catalog > Google Sitemap.
b. In the Link for Google column, right-click the link to your sitemap. Then on the context
menu, click Copy Shortcut.
c. Open a text editor and paste the link. Then, copy the part of the link that comes after the
“dot com.” It looks like this:
/media/s4d71280645299/sitemaps/sitemap.xml
7. Return to Google Webmaster Tools and paste the text into the box to complete the address of
your sitemap. Then, click the Submit Sitemap button.

8. Make sure that the link to your sitemap is working correctly, and that your Google dashboard
shows the number of pages indexed.

Step 4: Restore Previous “robots.txt” Restrictions

If you changed your robots.txt file to make it fully accessible, you can now restore the previous
instructions to disallow access to certain areas of your site.

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