The Google XML Sitemaps plugin is extremely popular, well-rated, and free to use. However, are its features better than our own popular, well-rated, and free-to-use plugin, SmartCrawl?
This article will put these two SEO plugins to the test to see which one delivers the best results and if one outranks the other.
Sure, we’re more partial to SmartCrawl, considering she’s, well, our very own SEO plugin. However, with Google XML Sitemaps having over 2+ million active installs compared to SmartCrawl’s 20+ thousand installs, we realize there’s a lot of active users with XML Sitemaps — and there’s a good reason for that.
We will see if they’re comparable, if one has advantages over the other, and what they both include…or don’t!
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By the end of this article, you should clearly understand what plugin is best for you when having an XML sitemaps plugin for your WordPress site.
What is an XML Sitemap?
In a nutshell, an XML sitemap is a file that lists all of your website’s content in an XML format. This makes it easy for search engines like Google to discover and index your WordPress content.
XML sitemaps tell search engines all about the pages on your website. Additionally, it will tell search engines what links on your site are more crucial than others. Plus, it will point out how often you update your WordPress site.
XML sitemaps don’t necessarily boost your rankings, but they allow search engines to crawl your site better. That leads to them being able to discover more content, which results in higher search traffic and enhanced rankings when it comes to SEO.
Why Add An XML Sitemap to WordPress?
From an SEO perspective, sitemaps are very beneficial in several ways.
When you add one, your rankings won’t be affected. However, if you have a page on your site that isn’t indexed, a sitemap provides you a systematic way to inform search engines about the page.
According to Google, XML sitemaps are beneficial for large websites, websites with extensive archives, new websites, and sites that use rich media content.
Though, an XML sitemap is beneficial for any WordPress site. Why? It’s because every site needs Google to easily find important pages and realize when they were last updated.
So, whether your WordPress site is established or brand new, a sitemap will highlight which part of your WordPress site is most important, how often it’s updated, and more — so your site can be indexed according to search engines.
With all of this being said, let’s check out these two plugins in action.
SmartCrawl XML Sitemap Features
As I mentioned earlier (and you may be aware of already), SmartCrawl is our very own free, 5-star SEO plugin.