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Submit Site Map to Google’s Search Console

  1. Google “Search Console” and then login with the Google Analytics credentials that are in user passwords.
  2. Once logged in, click “Go to the old version” in the left sidebar.
  3. Click on the red Search Console heading in the top left corner.
  4. Click “Add a Property”.
  5. Enter in the url (you will do this 4 times, once for each http and https with and without the www).
  6. Download the html file and upload it to the root directory on the remote side (FTP).
  7. Click verify and then ok when it’s verified.
  8. Go to Search Traffic > International Targeting > Country and check Target users in United States. Then Save.
  9. Now go to Crawl > Sitemaps. 
  10. Now go into the backend of the website and go to SEO > General > Features. Click the ? next to XML sitemaps and then click the  See the XML sitemap link.
  11. Copy the “sitemap_index.xml” part of the url.
  12. Back in Search Console, click Add/Test Sitemap. Paste in the sitemap_index.xml and then click submit. Now click the refresh link. (Note: if you see an error about robots.txt it’s likely that the “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” checkbox is is checked in Settings > Reading in the backend of the site).
  13. Now click the gear icon in the top right corner and go to Site Settings.
  14. Click how the site should be displayed and click save. After you submit the site map for all four versions or the url then you will see a green check mark.
  15. Repeat steps 4-14 until you have completed all 4 versions. Note: You only have to complete step 6 the first time through. 
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