How to Make Your Sitemap SEO-Friendly

Today we wanted to get into the subject of sitemaps because we have been discussing increasingly sophisticated methods to enhance the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your dealer website. This is a more sophisticated tactic, so we’re addressing it in a different blog article.


More and more dealerships are optimizing their websites for search engines as knowledge of SEO spreads. As a result, it is much more difficult to win against the competition because the playing field is already level.


Reading this post could seem daunting if you aren’t familiar with web programming and coding. Because XML sitemaps are so underutilized, we can tell you that this information will help your dealership website’s SEO and truly set you ahead of your rivals.


We wanted to go over a few key phrases before we got started.



Sitemap – Because it enables you to see the pages you have and where they are situated, a sitemap is a crucial tool for website owners. This is especially useful if any of your redirect links or 404 errors fail. Page faults and indexation issues must be fixed as soon as they are discovered since they degrade the overall quality of your site, which has an impact on your SEO, and your position on search engine results pages (SERPs), and might irritate your visitors.


This is what you submit to Google: an XML sitemap. The most crucial pages on your dealer website are listed in an XML sitemap, which makes it easier for search engines to find and crawl each of those sites. You must do this if you want Google to understand the layout of your website.


Website crawling is a computer process that looks up content on websites. Like a browser, it will index the pages and content you want to store. Your SEO will benefit more from making your website easier for crawlers to access.



One of the most underused SEO strategies is using XML sitemaps. You should start submitting an XML sitemap to Google right away if you haven’t already. You will be able to get your pages indexed quickly and will have an advantage over other dealerships that are unwilling to go through this process. In this article, we’ll go through how to create a sitemap, how to optimize your website for one, how to use robots.txt files, and how to submit a sitemap to Google.


Establishing a Sitemap


It’s possible that your supplier has already created a sitemap for you if you use a well-known Content Management System (CMS) for your website. Sitemaps are created for each of the websites at SimpSocial.


If you don’t already have one, start creating one by following the guidelines at Make sure to include a URL for your sitemap on your website.


Here are some fundamental guidelines for building your sitemap:


Because an XML sitemap is the format that is primarily for search engines, we strongly recommend utilizing one.


Be consistent in the URLs you use. For instance, instead of listing our URLs as “” (missing “https://”) or “” (missing “www”), we would display them as “” (missing “https://”).


Make sure your sitemap doesn’t contain too many URLs (less than 50,000 are required).



improving your website


It is crucial to remember that whether Google decides to index your pages or not will depend on the quality of both your site as a whole and each individual page. As a result, we advise that you eliminate any low-quality or infrequently seen pages from your website. Merge the information from the pages you deleted onto the ones you currently have.


Make sure your pages are loaded correctly and swiftly, because a slow website may point to coding faults or other problems. A website’s SEO rankings suffer when it loads too slowly.


the /robots.txt file


Due to the fact that many dealership websites already have this section on the /robots.txt files, we are including it here. You can skip this part if you don’t use a /robots.txt file or aren’t interested in it.


The /robots.txt file instructs web robots about their website. A Robot looks for a /robots.txt file whenever it visits a website. They will examine the content if there is one. Due to the ability to instruct web robots not to index particular pages on your site, users may employ /robots.txt files. To prevent misleading search engines, if you are utilizing the /robots.txt file, make sure it is consistent with your XML sitemap.


Adding Your Sitemap to Google


It’s time to submit your XML sitemap to Google once it has been created. Find your sitemap’s URL, then use Google’s Sitemaps tool to submit it.


Visit Google’s Search Console Help for further details.


Although this content may seem difficult, it needn’t be. We are pleased to help you if you need any assistance or have any problems following along. We create sitemaps for each of our websites at SimpSocial. To quickly index your sites, we will create an XML sitemap for you and submit it to Google. To begin, give us a call or send an email right now.

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