In the majority of cases the big search engines shouldn’t have any problems finding and indexing all pages of your website. With a bad internal link structure or too many pages, however, Google may overlook one side or the other.
First and foremost, the sitemap in BAVOKO’s WordPress SEO Plugin is there to tell Google which URLs exist on your site, to guarantee the consideration of all your pages in the next Google crawl.
With BAVOKO SEO Tools, you have the option to tell Google and bing that a post has been created or updated to greatly reduce the indexing time of your pages. While you are working on the content of your pages, BAVOKO SEO Tools informs Google and bing about your updates once per hour.
Creating a WordPress Sitemap
This is how to use BAVOKO SEO Tools to create a complete sitemap of your WordPress website in minutes:
- Click “Sitemaps” in the “Onpage” section to begin the setup.
- Check “Enable Sitemaps” and select which post types of your WordPress site should be included in the sitemap generation.
- You can now set the priority and frequency for each post type you want to include in the sitemaps.
- Save your settings by clicking “Update Sitemap Settings”. BAVOKO SEO Tools now automatically generates your sitemap and sends it to Google.
Priority & Frequency in Sitemaps
The priority contains the reference value that informs the search engines which pages have the highest priority for the crawlers. The default setting in BAVOKO SEO Tools is 0.5, which is 50 percent. Use values between 0.0 and 1 to set priorities for entire post types.
The frequency indicates at which intervals BAVOKO SEO Tools should search for changes on the respective page and transfer them to the sitemap. Choose an approximate update frequency between “Always” and “Yearly”.
By the way: Since Google does not necessarily stick to your stated values in many cases, you do not have to worry too much at this point.