Magento SEO & Catalog Sitemap | How to enable magento catalog sitemap for your store and why it is important

Thursday, 4. August 2011

Most of you may already know the importance of Sitemaps on your store but for those who are new to the subject, sitemaps in brief helps search engines locate useful information about your store (or website) easily. Sitemaps helps with SEO for your site. They are important, among other things I should say, in getting you up to the search pages.

Now we know, in brief atleast, what sitemaps are and why you need them, the question is now how do I enable sitemaps on my Magento store.

Well, wonder no more! In Magento there are two types of sitemaps that you can enable (or create).

A] Catalog Sitemap

This is the sitemap that maps all your catalog in a structure that’s easy for crawlers to absorb!

There are two types of Catalog sitemaps that you can enable one being, category sitemap and the other product sitemap.

Category Sitemap

http://www.yourdomain.com/catalog/seo_sitemap/category/

Product Sitemap

http://www.yourdomain.com/catalog/seo_sitemap/product/

A] Google (XML) Sitemap

You can also enable the Google XML sitemap for your site which in conjunction with the robots.txt file, can work a treat for your site as as major search engines are concerned.

To enable Google sitemap:

Navigate to – System > Configuration > Catalog > Google Sitemap. Enable all the options.

Here you can enable the sitemap and set up frequencies in which the file will be generated.

To add the actual file and generate it:
Navigate to – Catalog > Google Sitemap. Press the Add New Sitemap button. Specify the location and name of the file.

Save and Generate.

Magento SEO – XML Sitemap For Google and Other search engines

Wednesday, 3. August 2011

Google and many major search engines can crawl your site for some useful information that can the be exposed to their search results.

The best way to share your store’s information with such crawlers is via the XML sitemap. The easiest way to provide a sitemap of your store to the search engines is probably through the use of robots.txt file.

The Sitemap directive of the robots.txt will help to direct the search engines to the location of the sitemap file for your store. Here is how the directive is specified inside the file.

 Sitemap: http://www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml

You can also register the your store’s sitemap manually to search engines any time. You can register sitemaps to:

Google Webmaster tools
Yahoo! Site Explorer
Bing Webmaster Center

There is also a free Magento extension that may help automate manual submission to major search engines which can be found here XML sitemap submission