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Linking the XML Sitemap in robots.txt

Robots.txt Links to Your XML Sitemap

Ensuring that search engines can easily find your XML sitemap is crucial for effective SEO. One way to do this is by adding a link to your XML sitemap in your robots.txt file. Below are the steps to achieve this for both Shopify and WordPress (WooCommerce).

Shopify

  1. Shopify automatically generates a robots.txt file for your store. To add a link to your XML sitemap, you need to edit the theme’s robots.txt.liquid file.
  2. Go to your Shopify admin panel and navigate to Online Store > Themes.
  3. Click on Actions > Edit Code.
  4. In the Layout section, find and click on robots.txt.liquid.
  5. Add the following line to the file:
    Sitemap: https://yourshopifystore.com/sitemap.xml
  6. Save the changes.

WordPress (WooCommerce)

  1. WordPress does not generate a robots.txt file by default, but you can create one manually or use an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO.
  2. If you are using Yoast SEO, go to your WordPress admin panel and navigate to SEO > Tools.
  3. Click on File editor.
  4. If you don’t have a robots.txt file, Yoast will allow you to create one. Add the following line to the file:
    Sitemap: https://yourwordpresssite.com/sitemap_index.xml
  5. Save the changes.

By adding the link to your XML sitemap in the robots.txt file, you help search engines discover and index your site’s content more efficiently.

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