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Which Sitemap Plugin to use – Yoast SEO or Google Sitemap?

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XML Sitemap is one of the most important element of a website, as search engines read a website via that sitemap file only. As a WordPress blogger, you can get your XML sitemap via either Yoast SEO Sitemap plugin or Google XML sitemap plugin.

But, which one is recommended to use? This is one of the basic questions asked by many beginner blogger. Are there really any benefit using Yoast sitemap over Google sitemap or vice versa? Let’s try to find out the answer.

Google XML Sitemap at a glance

Google XML sitemap generator plugin will generate a clean sitemap URL, that many of us are already aware about. And even for search engine also its the typical one.

Google Sitemap URL sample: wpblogging360.com/sitemap.xml

google xml sitemap plugin

By default you will find basic and recommended settings were selected. You don’t have to do anything. Simply use the sitemap and submit into webmaster tools.

Yoast SEO Sitemap at a glance

Yoast SEO plugin is the best WordPress SEO plugin. Without Yoast SEO plugin, you can’t live a single day. So, how can we doubt about their sitemap feature?

Yoast SEO plugin generates a different type of XML sitemap URL. Unlike Google, Yoast SEO plugin will generate various different sitemap URL for posts, media, categories, tags etc.

Yoast SEO Sitemap URL: wpblogging360.com/sitemap_index.xml

Yoast SEO xml sitemap plugin

With Yoast SEO plugin, one can use specific sitemaps for posts, categories, tags etc and submit to WBT. This is beneficial for websites like Coupon or Deals sharing where you may not be interested to share thin content coupon pages.

Yoast SEO Sitemap vs Google Sitemap plugin

Frankly speaking, whatever is the sitemap url is, Google will treat it in a similar way only. From search engine point of view, its the same thing. When Yoast may provide you some more control while submitting your sitemap to search engines, with Google sitemap generator plugin also one can achieve the same purpose.

But I personally like Google Sitemap Plugin as it generate the standard sitemap url, I.E. sitemap.xml. Don’t worry about the warning message showing in your WordPress dashboard from Yoast SEO plugin, simply disable that message. Or else you can continue with Yoast SEO plugin only. In that case don’t fogret to delete Google plugin, as there is no point to keep this in your database unnecessary.

If you enable both the sitemap plugins, then you will get the warning message in your dashboard. So make sure either you use Google and disable Yoast SEO plugin or vice versa.

So, which sitemap plugin you are using for your WordPress blog? Do you think there is some benefit using one over other? Share your experience & knowledge here to make this article useful for readers.

Which Sitemap Plugin to use – Yoast SEO or Google Sitemap?
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Comments (14)

  • im using yoast sitemap because it just using 1 plugin only. But 1 month ago, Google webmaster unable to check sitemap “post”. When i click it, yoast unable to show post sitemap. There is a error. I dont know which plugin make my yoast sitemap not function properly. So i turn of sitemap yoast and using google sitemap plugin instead. BUt, my recommendation, using sitemap at yoast more practical because we only need just 1 plugin. less plugin much better right

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    • Author

      Thanks for sharing your experience.
      Yes, Yoast is one of the best SEO plugin, not only for Sitemap but also for other SEO factors as well.
      In you case, I think you should deactivate any latest plugins installed, to investigate why that error is coming.

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  • Hi,
    I am using Google Sitemap Plugin to generate sitemap.xml for my http://www.alltimehit.com site. I think this is the best plugin for sitemap creation. One click submission to Google and Bing.

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    • Author

      Yes, Google Sitemap plugin is the simplest way to get a sitemap for your website. But Yoast SEO plugin will provide you much more option to handle sitemaps in detail way.

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  • Thanks for the article explaning Google and Yosat sitemaps.

    I am using yoast XML sitemap with my http://www.blogmaniacs.com website, the reason is much more option to handle sitemaps. 🙂

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  • I was actually going to use Google sitemap’s xml and keep using the Yoast SEO tools ONLY, Can i do that?

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  • Hi,

    How are you today. For sitemap, I just love to use yoast seo plugin. It has all in one feature. Very easy to use. No configuration. And yesterday, i launched my second website. Santanu, I invite you to visit my website and share your valuable toughts.

    ~Taposh

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    • Author

      Hi Taposh, You have a great website, keep blogging. Regarding Yoast Sitemap plugin I am totally agree with your comments. This is the best Sitemap plugin for WordPress blogs.

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  • Nice post. I have problem while submitting Site map to google webmaster. It showing error .We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows ourguidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit. I am newbie, my site is http://gyanvardaan.com plz help..

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  • Appreciating the commitment you put into your blog and in depth information you offer. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. So as you told me then I am not changing the sitemap.

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  • I think some times google is not crawling all the pages with yoast SEO plugin. I am using Yoast SEO for other SEO purposes. for my website I am generating sitemap manually from online and uploading it in the server. For me this works well 🙂

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