WordPress Tutorial: Submit Google XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools for your WordPress Blog SEO

In this WordPress Tutorial, I show you how to Add your Google XML sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools to help significantly  improve your blog SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

So here are the steps you want to follow:

  1. Submit your blog URL to Google Webmaster Tools
  2. Submit your blog URL to Google Webmaster Tools
    (  for Thesis Theme users ONLY  )
  3. Create a Google XML Sitemap
  4. Submit Google XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools ( just watch the video below on this post )
Just keep in mind that some videos apply to ALL WordPress users and some only apply to users of the WordPress Thesis Theme.   When you watch each video tutorial, at the very beginning, I make it very clear which videos apply only to Thesis Theme users and which apply to all WordPress users.

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21 comments… add one
  • maryrose Oct 3, 2011, 3:37 pm

    Hey Jupiter Jim,
    Thanks so much for posting this info. I am looking forward to having this installed on my site.

  • Steve-Personal Success Factors Oct 3, 2011, 5:37 pm

    Jim, thanks to your instruction, I have gotten my Google XML site maps done for both of my blogs. I could not have done it (as quickly:) without you! Thank you very much.

    By the way, have you thought of putting together a blog like this for Genesis users? That’s me!

  • Donna Merrill Oct 3, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Hey Jim, What a great tutorial! Even I could following it and I am so spastic when it comes to even a plug in.
    This is definitely a post which I have book-marked.
    I will take it step by step in order to follow it. Thanks so much for teaching this information.

    • jupiterjim Oct 8, 2011, 11:23 pm


      Now that you’ve bookmarked it, make sure you go back and do it, ok? LOL

  • Jade Oct 4, 2011, 3:54 am

    Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • William Earl Amis, Jr. III Oct 4, 2011, 2:09 pm

    this is information that you made it more simple than what Google has for instructions.I have been building sites and blogs for years.

    This is the best instructions on site mapping by far.

    Thank you for your continued simplicity in a hard to understand business.

    • jupiterjim Oct 8, 2011, 11:22 pm

      thanks for the compliments and the encouragement!
      Jupiter Jim

  • Paul Reimers Oct 4, 2011, 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

    I have a sitemap generator plugin on my blog, but the one you suggested looks like it has some additional functions that are valuable.

    • jupiterjim Oct 8, 2011, 11:22 pm


      I know they are both good plugins, but I like this one better and use this for all my clients’ sites.

  • Julieanne van Zyl Oct 5, 2011, 1:02 am

    Hi Jim, another easy thing to do on Wordpress, once you’ve been shown how! It’s great for people new to all this, to have you to show them how to do it easily.

    bye for now, Julieanne

    • jupiterjim Oct 8, 2011, 11:20 pm

      yes it really is quite easy once you know how!

  • Pearly Quah Oct 6, 2011, 6:23 pm

    This is great info for me, Jim ! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Although you make it so simple to understand, I am not sure if I am able to change my theme. My only concern now is that when I change my theme, every images and posts will not stay in order. Do you think this can happen to me ?

    I really need to do all this submission because I have improved a little on blogging but haven’t done any submission yet.

    Thanks Jim.


    • jupiterjim Oct 8, 2011, 11:19 pm

      When you change your theme, you images and posts should stay in order. Backup your WordPress blog first however. Many companies like hostmonster, backup your blog every day anyway. You can switch between themes, once they are properly intalled, by the click of a button. It’s really no big deal at all.

  • Marcus T Cox Oct 8, 2011, 6:48 pm

    Hey Jim just stopping by to learn some new stuff, as always you never let me down, thanks. TTYL

  • Sadie-Michaela Harris Oct 12, 2011, 7:17 pm

    Very clear overview of adding the blog urls to Googles Webmaster Tools, I’m sure you’ve bought clarity to many. It is such an important thing to do and many people are completely unaware of it… great share 🙂

  • John Gaydon Oct 15, 2011, 12:05 am

    Hi Jim,

    I think a site map is essential and it is so easy with the right plug ins. Every time you add a new post, it automatically informs google and other search engines, and their spiders come look at your site.

    I like that you can include other web pages on your site as well, such as landing pages.

    Those reading this who haven’t got a site map should get with the program!

  • Gym Equipment Nov 22, 2011, 5:14 pm

    Great tutorial.

    I’ve learned alot. I strongly agree that creating and submitting your xml sitemap can help you be read by bots immediately than waiting for it to visit your site.

  • Astro Gremlin Dec 31, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Getting these basics right is so critical to SEO for one’s blog. If Google can’t easily see your site, it can’t rank it for searches.

  • Pete Goumas Jan 6, 2012, 7:53 pm

    Thanks, Jim. I’d been wanting to do this for awhile, couldn’t find any help on the topic though.

  • Yorinda Mar 24, 2013, 3:33 pm

    Hi Jim,
    another great and clear tutorial.

    I like the way you explain things along the way.

    Do you think it is important to have an actual sitemap page on your website, or is it enough to just submit it to the Google Webmaster?

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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