Automated submission of Google Site Map

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In its simplest terms, a XML Sitemap is a list of the pages on your website accessible to search bots or users. "Search bots" or "spiders" is a program or automated script that browses the Internet indexing websites and their pages. The process is called web crawling or spidering. The web-crawlers will create a copy of the visited web pages for later processing by the search engine that will download the indexed pages to provide faster searches.

By default, a Google Sitemap is created for your site and automatically submitted to Google once a site is published. This is a way to tell Google about pages on your site. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google's normal crawling process. 
Please note, that only one domain name, aka ‘primary’ or ‘main’, may appear in the Google Search Results. To identify your site’s main domain name, please go to the Swifty Dashboard > Manage Settings > Manage Website Domains. To change your site’s main domain name, go to Edit Domain Settings.

You can switch off this automation in Manage Website > Edit SEO Settings by unticking the check box ‘Automatically Generate Sitemap for Website’.

To locate your Google Sitemap, please use the following URL format:

http://[yourdomainname]/engine/shop/sitemap_index.xml

or

http://[yourdomainname]/sitemap_index.xml (*)

* - If the 'short URL' format is specified for a site. For more details on this please see How are the URLs for the website pages formed for eCommerce sites?

Please note, that Google doesn't guarantee that they will crawl or index all of your URLs (
stated in this Google article:About SiteMaps  However, they use the data in your Sitemap to learn about your site's structure, which will allow them to improve their crawler schedule and do a better job crawling your site in the future. In most cases, webmasters will benefit from Sitemap submission, and in no case will you be penalized for it.

In addition, we (and Google) recommend that you submit your sitemap through your Webmaster Tools account so you can make sure that the Sitemap was processed without any issues and to get additional statistics about your site.

Please see the following KB article for more details on how to integrate your site with your Google Webmaster Tools account: How to verify your site using Webmaster Verification services?

 

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