Well, the first thing to understand is that there are actually two kinds of sitemaps. That is, there are sitemaps meant for users - i.e. human beings - and then there are sitemaps meant for search engines - i.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex or web robots. Since people and robots are not quite the same, different kinds of sitemaps need to be created to accomodate them. Let's take a look at sitemaps for search engines first.
Weebly Sitemap for Search Engines (XML)
It looks like this.
That code is telling a search engine bot, hey, there is a web page <url> at this address <loc>, here is what it is (http://www. . . .), and it was last modified <lastmod> on this date and time.
So in order to create an XML sitemap for search engines you will need to
- take every last page of your website,
- list the URLs,
- mark every single one of them up in the Extensible Markup Language exemplified above,
- be sure to keep track of the date and time you last modified each page,
- save it all in a text file,
- then re-save it as a .xml file (you'll need a special program for this),
- then upload it to your server,
- and then be sure to update it every time you modify a page and/or add a new one.
Fortunately for you as a Weebly user, this whole process is already done for you automatically, and kept up to date every time you add a page, make a modification and publish it.
Even better, search engines already know about this as soon as they find your site because Weebly automatically tells them it's there in your Weebly site's robots.txt (that's another blog).
Even, even better, Weebly will automatically ping Google with your modifications every time you make them.
So in reality, you don't need to do anything with regard to your Weebly website and an XML sitemap. It's all done for you!
You can find your Weebly site's XML sitemap by going to you website at the following URL:
replacing, of course, "yourwebsite" with your actual domain name.
Here is what it looks like . . .
Submit Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
You'll have to setup and verify accounts for your website first. But after doing so you can go to add or submit sitemap and simply tell them it's at /sitemap.xml.
Weebly User Sitemap
Unfortunately, as of this writing, Weebly does not provide an automatic way to create a user sitemap. But it is relatively easy to create one so let's look at how that can be done.
Step One - Create a Page and Name it Sitemap
Step Two - Make a List of Your Web Pages
Once you have your list created, drag and drop a Paragraph element into you new Sitemap page and then simply coy and past the list.
Step 3 - Link the Pages in Your List
Step 4 - Create a Sitemap Link and Publish
So there you have it. XML search engine sitemaps and regular user sitemaps for Weebly.