Are you looking to increase your Sierra Interactive website's organic exposure on Google? If so, this article will show you exactly how to index your entire Sierra Interactive website on Google using Google's search console tool.
The Importance of Sierra Interactive Website Indexing
Submitting sitemaps to Google is super powerful because it essentially forces an index of your website, giving Google a clear image of the links you would like them to consider when crawling your site.
Not only can you submit your main domain sitemap to Google Search Console, but you can also create save searches and turn those into indexable sitemaps as well.
After submitting your sitemaps to Google Search Console, you will instantly notice increased organic search traffic and organic leads.
How do I get started?
To submit a site map to Google, you must first have a Google search Console account.
Go to https://search.google.com/search-console/about and set up a Google Search Console account.
Once you have created a Google Search Console account, you must verify the domain you would like associated with the account.
This may require you to send the TXT snippet to email@example.com because they manage all the Sierra Interactive domains through Cloudflare.
Once you have a Google Search Console account and have successfully verified your domain, you can submit sitemaps for Google to index.
What type of .xml files should I submit?
There are two types of sitemaps that GGMS Coaching recommends to have submitted.
- Main Website URL Sitemap
- Active, Pending, and Sold (if sold data is available in your market) listing feeds
Turning your main website URL into a .xml sitemap
Submitting your main sitemap will inform Google about any pages and blog posts you create on your Sierra Interactive website.
To access the XML site map of your main domain, all you have to do is add /sitemap.xml to your main domain.
For example: https://www.livetampafied.com/sitemap.xml
Changing a saved search URL into a .xml sitemap
The most powerful way to use Sierra Interactive's sitemap feature is by creating two saved searches. The first is for Active properties and the other for Pending properties.
You should also generate a saved search for Sold properties if your specific market still allows access to the information.
You can also choose only to index a particular type, price point, or area if you want to isolate it to only a specific region. This is great for hyper-local websites or larger MLS regions.
To submit your listing feeds to Google Search Console, you must create saved searches and turn the URL into a .xml sitemap that Google can read.
Here is what a normal saved search URL in Sierra Interactive looks like:
This is what it looks like when the link is turned into an indexable .xml sitemap that can be submitted to Google Search Console:
Notice how "results/?searchtype=2&" was changed to "sitemap.xml?"
How else can I use these sitemaps?
Another place where you can use the same site map URLs is Microsoft Bing.
Head over to bing.com/toolbox/webmaster and complete similar steps on their platform to index all of the same URLs on their platform.