While having a sitemap isn’t an absolute requirement for Google AdSense approval, it’s highly recommended. A sitemap is a valuable tool for search engines like Google to understand the structure and content of your website. It can improve the indexing of your site’s pages, which can ultimately benefit your AdSense application.
To generate a sitemap for your WordPress site, you can use plugins like “Yoast SEO” or “Google XML Sitemaps.” Here’s a step-by-step guide using the “Yoast SEO” plugin, which is widely used and user-friendly:
1. Install and Activate Yoast SEO Plugin:
- In your WordPress dashboard, go to “Plugins” > “Add New.”
- Search for “Yoast SEO.”
- Click “Install Now” and then “Activate.”
2. Configure Yoast SEO:
- After activation, you’ll see a new “SEO” menu item in your dashboard.
- Go to “SEO” > “General.”
- Click on the “Features” tab.
- Enable the “XML Sitemaps” feature.
3. Generate Your Sitemap:
- Once you’ve enabled the XML Sitemaps feature, Yoast SEO will automatically generate a sitemap for your site.
- You can access your sitemap by clicking on the “XML Sitemaps” link under the “SEO” menu in your dashboard.
4. Submit Your Sitemap to Google:
- Go to Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools) at https://search.google.com/search-console.
- Sign in with your Google account.
- Click on your website property (if you haven’t added your site to Google Search Console, do so by clicking “Add a property” and following the instructions).
- In the left sidebar, click on “Sitemaps.”
- Enter the URL of your sitemap (usually https://www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap_index.xml).
- Click “Submit.”
Google will now regularly crawl your sitemap to discover and index your site’s pages. This can help improve the visibility of your content, which may indirectly benefit your AdSense approval. Keep in mind that while having a sitemap is a good practice, Google AdSense approval depends on various factors, including the quality of your content and site design. Ensure your site complies with AdSense policies for the best chance of approval.