How to Submit Sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tool Today Step by Step
After creating a website, everyone wants to increase traffic. There are many ways to increase traffic on a website. However, the most important way is to rank in different search engines like Google, Bing. For that, you must have to submit sitemap to Bing webmaster tool as well as Google.
In this article, I will teach you how you can create an account and submit sitemap to Bing webmaster tool. It will be a complete guideline for you.
If you don’t know how to submit sitemap to Google then I will suggest you do it today. You can learn it from this post “How to submit sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tool”.
When you publish your website or any post in your website then by using sitemap you can let the search engine know about it. If you submit sitemap to Bing, the search engine will know about your website URL. This will help you in SEO.
In this article, I am going to discuss “How to submit sitemap in Bing Webmaster Tool”. Here is the list what we are going to learn from this post.
- What is Sitemap?
- Why you should submit your sitemap?
- Generate your website sitemap.
- Open account in Bing webmaster tool.
- Submit sitemap to Bing webmaster tool.
What is Sitemap?
A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about your website content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your website.
According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitemaps), The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site.
This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. Sitemaps are a URL inclusion protocol and complement robots.txt, a URL exclusion protocol.
Why you should submit sitemap to Bing?
We already have discussed what sitemap is. Now, it is time to know “Do I really submit sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tool?” or what are the benefits of it in case of SEO?
You can think of an XML Sitemap like a blueprint for your website. XML Sitemaps are important for SEO because they make it easier for Bing search engine to find your website’s post and pages—this is important because Bing ranks web PAGES, not just websites.
Here are some major benefits that you will get if you submit sitemap to Google and other search engines:
- Content Modification: You can rank higher in Google, Bing if you keep modifying content on your website. Keep it fresh and useful to your visitors. If you use sitemap, Bing will get alert when you modify or update your website content.
- Save Time: There are some pieces of information that you have to publish when still fresh, like news items. You don’t have to wait when the Google spiders or crawler are likely to pay your website a visit. You cut on this time.
- Efficient Crawling: Every piece of content on a website should be crawled, which sometimes may take a long time. With a sitemap, the website can be efficiently crawled on regular basis.
- Content Categorization: Sitemap will help you place web pages under categories and prioritized. This means that Google will crawl and index the pages carrying your most important content faster than those with a less priority value.
- Get Discovered: The main reason we create new content in our website to get the visitor. If your website is not get found on the web, there is no chance to get a visitor. When you submit sitemap to Bing, people can find your content in the search engine. In this way, you will get more visitors. I will highly recommend for new websites or web pages and other pieces of content.
Webmasters who have installed XML sitemaps to their sitemaps enjoy many other benefits. If you are still thinking about it, consider using a sitemap.
Generate your website sitemap
To submit sitemap to Bing webmaster tool, you have to generate your sitemap. You can check that you have sitemap or not. To do so, open a new tab in your browser and type “yourwebsitename.com/sitemap_index.xml”. If you have your sitemap then it will show you. In case, if you don’t have, you don’t need to worry about. I will teach you how to generate and submit sitemap to Bing.
To generate your sitemap for your website Yoast SEO will help you. If you are not using Yoast SEO for your WordPress website, you must use it. This is all in one plugin for On-page SEO. You can set up this plugin today. I have a complete tutorial for you. Don’t forget to check it out.
Now I will show you how you can generate your sitemap using Yoast SEO. For that, Go to your Yoast SEO settings and click on the “Features” tab. In this tab, you will see “XML sitemaps” button. If you don’t have sitemap then this button is Off.
You must set this “On”. Now to see your website sitemap, click on the Question mark beside XML sitemaps. Then you will find a link “See the XML sitemap”, click on that link. It will show you your sitemap. Congratulations, your sitemap has been generated. Now it is the time to create an account in Bing. Then we will submit sitemap to Bing webmaster tool.
Open account in Bing webmaster tool
If you are reading this article then you have decided to submit sitemap to Bing. First, you must create an account in Bing webmaster tool. You can write “Bing webmaster tool” in Google. You will find the website. On the other hand, click the link below, it will redirect you to the Bing website.
You will find “Sing In” button. If you have an account then click sign in and go to your account. On the other hand, if you don’t have an account, stay with me I will show you how to create one.
I think you don’t have an account. So click on “Sign up”. A popup will show, here you can use Microsoft, Google or Facebook to create an account in Bing. I will suggest you go with Google. You can also choose others it is up to you.
Now it will ask you email and password. After giving your email and password, you will see box at the top where you have to give your website URL. Put your URL in that box and click “ADD” button. You can also do that by clicking “ADD YOUR SITE” button.
Now, you can add your sitemap to Bing here. Alternatively, you can also add this later. We are learning how to create an account if I go for adding the sitemap, you may get confused. So click on “ADD” button. This will create your account. We will add sitemap later. In addition, don’t forget to select “All Day (Default)” before clicking ADD button.
Now, you have to verify ownership for your website. You will get a “Meta tag” to verify your ownership. You have to add this line of code in Yoast SEO. So copy that line of code.
Go to your WordPress dashboard, you will see an option “SEO” click on that. Then click on “Webmaster Tools” tab. You will find a box for Bing verification code. Now paste your copied code in the box and save changes. Now, go to the Bing webmaster tool website again and click on the “Verify” button.
If you are using any “Caching” plugin, delete your cache before verifying your website ownership. After clicking the Verify button, it will take you to the dashboard of your Bing account.
Congratulations, you have created your Bing webmaster tool account successfully. Now, you will add your sitemap to Bing.
Submit sitemap to Bing webmaster tool
Finally, it is the time to submit sitemap to Bing. After verifying your account, you will be redirected to your dashboard. Here you will see a link “Sitemap”. You have to click on that.
Now, you will find a box to submit sitemap to Bing. However, before adding the sitemap, check at the bottom of this page. Do you have your website URL with “sitemap_index.xml” at the end? If it is not then you don’t have sitemap added in your account.
I believe you already have generated your sitemap. Now you have to copy your sitemap URL and put the whole URL in the box. Then click on “Submit”. You can find your sitemap URL easily. Just open your browser and search “yourwebsitename.com/sitemap_index.xml”. You can also open it from Yoast SEO settings. We have discussed it to Generate website sitemap section.
Therefore, after adding your sitemap, you will see it at the bottom of that page. It will show pending for some time. It may take 24 hours to add successfully in Bing search engine.
Congratulations, you have completed the full process to submit sitemap to Bing. After publishing a website, everyone must submit the sitemap to Google and Bing webmaster tool. These two search engines are the most important for your website.
If you have not submitted your sitemap to Google then I will suggest you do it right now. I have a complete guideline for you. You can do it by following these steps.
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