How to Generate a Text Sitemap in WordPress

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Did you know you could generate a text sitemap in WordPress? But I am sure you are wondering why would you want to even do that.

Text Sitemap in WordPress is a way through which you can get Google to index your site frequently. This means you can have an Text Sitemap in addition to the XML sitemap generated by any SEO plugin like Yoast or Rank Math

Are text sitemaps allowed by Google

There are only very few sitemap formats allowed by Google for submission in Google Search Console.

  • XML
  • RSS
  • Text

Text Sitemap happens to be one of those rare formats which are allowed by Google. According to Google, if your sitemap includes only web page URLs, you can provide Google with a simple text file that contains one URL per line.

How to generate a text sitemap with Google

WP TXT Sitemap is a plugin that can help you generate a Text Sitemap for your WordPress website.

The best thing about this plugin is that it does not conflict with any other SEO plugins like Yoast SEO or Rank Math which generate an XML sitemap so you can use them both together.

Once installed you will get a sitemap automatically generated to [sitename]/sitemap.txt and you can access more features in the settings

How to submit text sitemap to Google

Submitting any kind of sitemap to Google can be done through the Google Search Console.

  • Open the Google Search Console and select your web property
  • Look for Sitemaps in the left menu
  • Add a new sitemap and enter URL to your txt sitemap
  • Once submitted successfully you will see a green “Success” status

That is one clever way to catch Google’s attention and we hope it works out for you.

In case you tried submitting an HTML sitemap and it didn’t work out we have a solution for you.

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