How to add your sitemap to Google and Bing

 How to add your sitemap to google & bing

To increase your Squarespace website's visibility on search engines there are a couple of steps you have to take.

I. Register your site with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools

By doing that, you are making sure that Google and Bing know that your website exists. Both of them will crawl each of your pages, detecting keywords, page speed, basically making sure your website is what you say it is. 
Registering a website with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools is something everyone who has a website should do, built on Squarespace or not. 

Registering a Squarespace website with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools is very easy once you know what to do.


Register your Squarespace website with Google Search Console

  • You need to make that you don't have a site-wide password.
  • Your domain has to be connected to your website already.
  • Your website cannot be in trial mode.

Connect to Google Analytics

To verify your site with Google Search Console using our recommended steps, you'll need a Google Analytics account that's connected to your site:

  1. If you don't have a Google Analytics account, sign up here.

To connect Google Analytics to your site:

  1. In the Home Menu, tap Settings, and then tap Advanced.
  2. Tap External Services.
  3. In the Google Analytics Account Number box, enter your tracking ID for this site. For help finding this ID, visit Google's documentation.
  4. Tap Save.
  5. It may take up to 24 hours for site statistics to populate in Google Analytics.

Register for Google Search Console

  • Go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools and log into your Google account.
  • Enter your primary domain name in the box and click Add Property. Do the following to ensure you're entering your domain correctly:
  • Enter your primary domain. To confirm your domain is primary, visit Setting a primary domain.
  • Use your full domain with https:// if your site uses the Secure SSL setting.
  • Use your full domain with the www prefix, like www.yourdomain.com

Verify with Google Analytics

Google will recommend a verification method based on your domain provider. For the simplest setup, we recommend the Google Analytics method instead. Before you get started, you'll need a Google Analytics account (click on the link above):

  • Click the Alternate Methods tab.
  • Check Google Analytics.
  • Click Verify.

Index your Squarespace website

One of the primary uses for Google Search Console is requesting Google index your site. This forces Google's bots to review your site and helps Google update search results with your new content.

  • On the Search Console homepage, select the site you'd like to index.
  • On the left dashboard, click Crawl and then click Fetch as Google, which appears as a child menu item below Crawl.
  • Leave the text box blank and leave Desktop selected in the drop-down menu.
  • Click Fetch to see the HTTP response Google received from your page.
  • Click Request Indexing next to your results.
  • Check Crawl this URL and its direct links. You can submit up to 10 of requests of this kind per month.
  • Click Go.

The next step is to wait. According to Google, "Once you submit your URL, you might need to wait for Google to process your request as well as crawl and index the page. 


Now, let's register your Squarespace website with Bing.

Add your Domain to Bing Webmaster Tools

Log into Bing Webmaster Tools. Enter your domain to the Add a Site box, and click Add

Verify your site

There are multiple ways to verify your site with Bing Webmaster Tools. If you're on a Website Business, Commerce plan, or legacy plan, Squarespace recommends using the <meta> tag option.

If you're on the legacy Personal plan, use the CNAME option.

Option - Copy the <meta> tag

After adding your domain, a page opens with three options for verifying your domain.
Use Option Copy and paste a <meta> tag in your default webpage.

  1. Copy the HTML code in the shaded box.
  2. In another tab, log into your Squarespace site.
  3. In the Home Menu, click Settings, click Advanced and then click Code Injection.
  4. Paste the HTML tag in the Header box.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Return to Bing Webmaster Tools, and click Verify.

If successful, you'll be brought to the Bing Webmaster Tools dashboard.

Option - Add a CNAME

If you're on the legacy Personal plan, use Option 3: Add a CNAME record to DNS.

The following steps show how to add a CNAME to a Squarespace Domain. If your domain is hosted by another provider, contact your provider for help.

  1. Copy the full CNAME record in italics.
  2. In another tab, log into your Squarespace site.
  3. In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Domains.
  4. Click the domain name you want to verify.
  5. Click Advanced Settings.
  6. Select CNAME from the drop-down menu in the bottom row of the Custom Records section.
  7. In the Host column, paste the full CNAME record.
  8. In the Data column, enter verify.bing.com
  9. Click Add.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Return to Bing Webmaster Tools, and click Verify.

II. Submit a sitemap to Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools

Once you’ve registered your site with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools, you should submit an XML sitemap on both platforms, it will index your site quickly and accurately. 

What's great with Squarespace is that they already made one for you when you created all of your pages. The URL for this on your Squarespace site is simply www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml - and you simply need to give Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools this link.

For Google Search Console:

Go to this link: https://search.google.com/search-console

You will be prompted to select a property which refers to your Squarespace website's url, click on the url you want to submit the sitemap for. You should see sitemap as on option on the menu on the left like on the image below.

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For Bing go to this link: https://www.bing.com/toolbox/submit-site-url

And paste the link to your website.

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And that's it! You're done!

 

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