This tutorial will show you an easy way to submit your sitemap to multiple search engines.
It's a bit of an obscure method, although it's well documented. We'll edit the robots.txt file to insert one line of code. And that's it. An account isn't needed and it's supported by Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.
Let's get started ...
Copy the URL of your sitemap
- Go to your sitemap in your browser
- Copy the URL in the navigation toolbar:
Edit your robots.txt file
- Access your host's file manager or FTP.
- Navigate to your site's folder.
- Edit the robots.txt file:
Add the following line to the robots.txt file:
Replace [absoluteURL] with your pasted URL from step #1. If you're manually typing in the URL, be sure to include https:// or http:// and www (if your sitemap URL contains it).
Here's an example:
Save the file and you're done! That's all there is to it. The next time the search engines crawl your site, they'll know about your sitemap.