If you have pages that have the Page Visibility set to 'Private' or 'Offline' these will not be indexed or included in your sitemap file.

Access Site Settings

  1. From the left Sidebar, tap 'Settings'
  2. Tap 'Site' tab
  3. Scroll down to bottom showing 'Custom <head> Include'. Read warning.
  4. Tap 'Continue Anyway' button.

Google Search Console add URL

Log into your Google Account and select Google Search Console panel

If you don't already have a Google Account you will need to create and enable Google Search Console.

  1. Add your domain name and 'CONTINUE'
  1. Scroll down to the 'Other verification methods' panel and select HTML tag
  2. Tap the icon to open the panel
  3. Select and Copy all the code in this field.

Paste Code

Return to Custom <head> Include field in Dashboard Site Settings.

  1. Paste the copied code into the text area.
  2. Save Changes.

Verify with Google Search Console

Return to the Google Search Console browser window.

  1. Tap 'VERIFY'

Ownership verified

  1. Ownership Verified
  2. Tap 'GO TO PROPERTY'.

Google Search Console Dashboard Overview

After verifying, your Google Search Console Dashboard is likely to appear empty because no data has yet been processed.

  1. Tap 'LEARN MORE' to find out what you can achieve with Google Search Consoles extensive tools and reporting.

Access Sitemaps panel

  1. Use the 'hamburger' menu icon (top-left) to activate the Site Menu
  2. Scroll down and select 'Sitemaps'

Check your SEO Sitemap

  1. From your Format Dashboard sidebar tap 'Site Settings'
  2. Tap 'SEO' and scroll to the bottom of this panel
  3. Check the base URL shown is the same as you added previously to Google Search Console. It should show 'sitemap.xml' at the end.

Add a new sitemap

Return to Google Search Console the 'Sitemaps' panel

  1. Add 'sitemap.xml' to complete the URL (this should look exactly the same as the 'SEO Sitemap' link in your Format Dashboard)
  2. Tap 'SUBMIT'
  3. Tap 'LEARN MORE' for more information from Google on sitemaps.

Sitemap submitted successfully

You will receive a notification that the sitemap has been submitted and will be processed periodically for changes.

If you add or remove pages in the future, Google will check with the sitemap file and update its' search index.

Learn more about how sitemaps work here.

You do not need to do anything further.

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