10 Best Sitemap Generators for Faster, More Productive Crawls

Sitemaps are a powerful tool for SEO professionals and webmasters. They help Google and other search engines navigate a website and find new pages and content.

It’s not guaranteed that search engines will index the content, but telling them which pages are important can make a significant difference.

Sitemaps can help you:

  • Get an overview of your website structure.
  • Find out which pages are crawled by Google and other search engines.
  • Know how often pages are crawled.
  • Identify pages that are not indexed.
  • Determine which pages contain errors that need to be fixed.

With the help of sitemap generators, search engine crawls of your website will be faster and more efficient.

If you have a small site, i.e. less than a few hundred pages, managing your sitemap yourself is doable.

But if you have a medium or large site and you regularly add a significant amount of new content, you might consider adding a dynamic sitemap to your site or looking for a sitemap generator.

A dynamic sitemap automatically adds new pages to the sitemap file.

It is generally faster and requires fewer resources than writing to a static file.

Choose a sitemap generator

If you opt for a sitemap generator, there are plenty of tools available online – but which one is right for you?

Here are 10 of the best sitemap generator tools I’ve found for SEO professionals:

1. Google Sitemap Generator

This plugin for WordPress creates a sitemap for your website that will be compatible with all Google requirements.

It’s easy to use and works for all sizes of websites.

The plugin also comes with various translations which can be a great addition.

2. Howling Frog

One of the most popular crawlers in the SEO community, Screaming Frog can be used to create sitemaps for websites of all sizes.

It also offers an XML sitemap generator.

This tool is a bit more advanced and is specially designed for large websites.

The XML sitemap generator follows this progression: Crawl The Website > Click Sitemaps > XML Sitemap > Select pages Include.

One of my favorite features of Screaming Frog is that it lets you create a sitemap from a crawling list.

For example, if you want to check the status codes of a list of URLs and perform list analysis, you can quickly and easily create an XML sitemap from that list analysis.

  • Price: Free up to 500 URLs. If you have a business site that has thousands or millions of pages, you’ll need to sign up for the paid version, which costs $149 per year.

3. XML-Sitemaps.com

This sitemap generator tool allows you to quickly and easily create sitemaps for your website.

It also offers a range of features such as support for multiple languages ​​and the ability to include/exclude certain pages.

With the online generator, you can create a small sitemap for up to 500 URLs.

If you need to create a larger sitemap (up to 1.5 million pages), there is a pro template.

  • Price: Free up to 500 URLs. Beyond that, the pro model costs $3.49 per month.

4. Yoast SEO Sitemap Plugin

A popular WordPress plugin that helps you optimize your website for search engines, Yoast SEO also includes a sitemap generator tool that can help you easily create sitemaps for your website.

One of Yoast Sitemap Builder’s most attractive features is its set of sensible defaults for what goes into the sitemap – and for excluding many pages that shouldn’t be there.

Yoast SEO chooses to split larger sitemaps into smaller sitemaps. Their sitemaps contain up to 1,000 connected URLs.

  • Price: The XML sitemap feature is free in Yoast SEO.

5. Inspyder

This website software company offers a very easy to use XML sitemap generator that can handle complex sites.

It works on your PC. You can schedule a sitemap generation and receive an email notification when the sitemap is complete, and also get a sitemap in multiple formats – images, video, etc.

  • Price: Inspyder offers a free trial so you can try it before you buy. You can purchase an Inspyder plan for around $39.95 per year.

6. Slickplan

A website planning company, Slickplan offers an easy to use sitemap generator and offers a WordPress plugin.

A valuable feature of Slickplan’s tool is that it allows you to create a sitemap from scratch using drag and drop or start with an existing website by importing its URL, sitemap index file or its XML file Google.

Slickplan’s Visual Sitemap Builder creates easy-to-navigate, hierarchical sitemaps to help you showcase and test a variety of architecture scenarios for web pages.

You can also offer batch editing for large sitemaps that require lots of editing.

Another cool feature of Slickplan is that it gives users the ability to easily import a website into the app from a previously exported XML file.

Additionally, you can export your existing XML sitemap directly from WordPress and import it into Slickplan.

  • Price: Basic plan starts at $10.79 per month up to $100.39 per month.

7. Dynamapper

This generator offers you a good solution to realize and display the real architecture of a website with interactive visual sitemaps.

The Dynomapper sitemap is capable of crawling 200,000 pages per crawl. The sitemap editor allows users to rework the hierarchy, categorize pages, and assign workflow status to each page.

  • Price: Unfortunately, Dynomapper does not offer the sitemap generator as a standalone tool; it is included with packages that have other tools. Pricing starts at $49.95 per month.

8. Sitemap Writer Pro

It’s a great tool for quickly creating sitemaps and managing large sites with millions of URLs.

Sitemap Writer Pro offers eight types of sitemaps to properly index your website: Standard Sitemap, Google Image, Google News, Google Video, Google Images, Google Code Search, Google Geo, and Google Mobile.

  • Price: A very profitable $24.95.

9. Write cards

This is another visual sitemap builder that you can use to create a sitemap without investing time in formatting.

One of the great features of WriteMaps is that you can export your visual content to a PDF or share it with a unique URL.

You can also upgrade, downgrade or cancel at any time.

  • Price: Monthly plans are free for three sitemaps up to 50 URLs and go up to $29.99 per month for unlimited sitemaps.

10. Octopus.do.

Eating super-fast visual sitemaps is what Octopus.do does best.

You can generate an XML sitemap from visual sitemaps and submit it to Google, Bing, and other search engines to improve your visibility and SEO.

Octopus.do offers an interactive flow, taking full advantage of drag and drop.

You can also export your sitemap to various formats, including PDF, PNG, TXT, and XML.

  • Price: Free for one project, then up to $120 per month for unlimited site plans and projects.

Take away food

These are the top 10 sitemap generators based on my experience.

There are many more, so be sure to do your research to find the right one for you.

Make sure it generates a properly formatted sitemap that you can easily download and validate.

I leave you with the following tips to save time.

Site Map Tips

Always create multiple sitemaps for different sections of your site. This will help you see which sections of your site have indexing issues.

The limit for a single sitemap is 50MB (uncompressed) and 50,000 URLs. If you have a larger file or multiple URLs, you will need to split your listing into multiple sitemaps.

You can also create a sitemap index file (a file that points to a list of sitemaps) and submit that single index file to Google.

Google does not consider priority in sitemaps, so placing a URL as a higher priority will have no impact on indexing.

Once your sitemap is created, put it in the root, add it to your robots.txt file and submit it to Google via Google Search Console.

Once you submit it, watch for any errors and verify that the file was submitted and read successfully.

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