Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console

Google Search Console provides detailed information about how your site appears in Google searches. It also allows site admins to control how their site is presented when it comes up in Google search results. 

One of the ways this is done by submitting a "sitemap" to the Search Console. The sitemap is an XML file that's generated by Composer. It provides Google with a detailed breakdown of all of the public pages on your site that you want to be indexed by Google, as well as how they relate to one another (that is, which pages are children of other pages, which ones are main section pages, etc.)

You may occasionally need to resubmit your Sitemap in Google Search Console (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6066468?hl=en) to draw Google's attention to pages that have either changed or moved. This makes sure that Google always directs searchers to the right pages on your site.

  1. You can access Google Search Console (previously called Webmaster Tools) here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools

  2. Login using the credentials associated with your Google Analytics account. 

  3. Once logged in, you should see your website already added as a Property. If not, please click on 'Add Property' and follow instructions detailed in the article: Configuring Site Search.

    Search_Console_Main_Screen.png
  4. Click the "Manage Property" column, or on the Website link. You'll arrive at this screen,  presenting you the status of Google's crawl. 
    Search_Console_Property.png
  5. Once here, Click on 'Crawl'  in the left-hand navigation, and then 'Sitemaps'.
     Google_Search_Console_Sitemap.png
  6. If there isn't an existing Sitemap, use the 'Add/Test Sitemap' button to add one.
    • For Composer, use http://www.yoursite.com/fs/pages/sitemap.xml
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    • For Page Manager, use http://www.yoursite.com/xmlsitemap.cfm Sitemap_Page_Manager.png

  7. If your sitemap is already added, you can use the 'resubmit' button to force Google to reindex your site. The 'indexed' column shows you how many pages the search bots have accessed so far.
    Sitemap_resubmit.png 

More from Google Help is located here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35769?hl=en

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