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Site Maps

Dispense's SEO menu feature helps drive traffic and optimize your online presence. In SEO menu setup you control how you would like your pages to show up in search engine results. Our default settings suggest best practice but you have the ability to custimize as you wish.

Menu URL

Ensure you enter in your Menu's URL. For assitance with this, see Getting Started. This will also generate your Site Map .xml file.

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Sitemaps

A sitemap is a file where you provide information about the pages, videos, and other files on your site, and the relationships between them. Search engines like Google read this file to crawl your site more efficiently. A sitemap tells Google which pages and files you think are important in your site, and also provides valuable information about these files. For example, when the page was last updated and any alternate language versions of the page.

Dispense will automatically generate an XML sitemap for your storefront. This will include links to every category, deals, and product in your store.

Once you've entered your menu URL you'll see the sitemap field gives you your sitemap URL:

Search Results

Once you've entered a URL you can also customize how specific pages will show up in search results:

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Use the dropdown to select variables to use in your Meta Title and Description fields. Dispense will automatically replace these variables depending on the page's context (ie. which category or product is being viewed).

Google Webmaster Tools

Google offers the Google Search Console to help you track your website’s indexing status and improve its visibility. 

You’ll use it to submit your sitemaps so Google will know to crawl your website. Google will likely crawl your site eventually, but submitting a sitemap speeds up the crawling process. 

You can also use Search Console to:

  • Review your site post-crawl to discover any errors
  • Test your site’s mobile usability 
  • Optimize your content with data generated from Search Analytics 

How to Submit a Sitemap to Google

1. Sign in or Create a Google Search Console Account:

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2) Select your website

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3) Select "Sitemaps:"

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4) Remove any invalid or outdated sitemaps:

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5) Add a new sitemap and click "Submit":

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Updated 05 May 2022
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