This article provides answers to the most common questions about Sitemap

Updated over a week ago

✨ Sitemap feature is available on Premium plan

What is a sitemap for?

A sitemap helps Google recrawl the site faster. (To recrawl means to update its page listings in Google Search to the current information on the pages). All Shopify stores automatically generate a sitemap.xml file that contains links to all your products, primary product image, pages, collections, and blog posts. This file is used by search engines like Google and Bing to index your site so that your store's pages appear in search results. If you're not sure what a sitemap is, you can check out: What is a Sitemap?

You can manually submit the sitemap generated by Shopify, our app just simplifies the submission process with 4 simple clicks.

You can also check this article from Shopify about how you can find your sitemap and submit it.

Common questions

I registered a new domain and set it as my store's primary domain in my Shopify settings. Does the app automatically adjust to my store's new domain?

Yes, the app will continue to work with your new primary domain automatically and seamlessly. You don't have to change any settings in the app.

However, it can take Google up to two weeks or longer to index your site's new information. Here you can read an informative article that discusses some of the factors affecting how often Google updates its search results.

To speed up the process and get the best results, Google recommends following these steps in the Google Search Console tool when migrating to a new domain:

  1. Sign up for the Search Console for free, and verify your site.

  2. Submit a sitemap with your new domain.

  3. Use the Change of Address tool to submit your new domain info.

Can SEO app be used to edit a sitemap?

No. Our app does not actually build the sitemap; it only takes the sitemap created by Shopify and sends it to Google.

If I’m seeing an error on the sitemap page, can anything be done to fix it?

If the error is in Step 3: Verify your site with Google, then usually it’s caused by some irregularity in the theme file, e.g. the theme.liquid file has two <head> elements. (There should always be only one <head> element.)

If you don’t see any problems in theme.liquid or if the error is appearing on a different step, then try restarting the process: press Reconnect with Google in the top right corner, and complete the steps again.

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