How to generate a sitemap for your Magento store
If you want your Magento store to be indexed by a search engine, it’s important that you have a sitemap that search engine bots can crawl. You can read more about the importance of having a sitemap here
Normally the sitemap needs to be generated manually. The good news if you have a Magento store is that it creates the sitemap for you and in the following steps I’ll describe how to generate a sitemap for your Magento store.
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Log into the Magento admin panel
Log into your admin panel by visiting the admin URL
This is by default www.yourdomain.com/index.php/admin unless you specified otherwise when installing Magento
Navigate to Catalog > Google Sitemap (although it’s called Google Sitemap it will work for all search engines)
Click the add sitemap button in the top right hand area of the page
– Enter a filename, here I’ve chosen sitemap.xml
– Enter a path, I’ve chosen the root directory in the image below
– Choose a store view
– Click the “Save and generate” button in the top right hand area of the page
To adjust the settings for your sitemap generation, navigate to System > Configuration > Google Sitemap
Now that you have generated your sitemap.xml file, you can submit it to the various search engines.
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