Sitemap handling with RankMath newly installed

  • Hi there,

    as we would like to switch all our client-sites from Yoast to RankMath we had an old sitemap given from Yoast in the Google Search Console named “/sitemap_index.xml”.

    After setting up RankMath completely, we do have 3 sitemaps in RankMath:

    After a few days of waiting these new 3 sitemaps did not show up in the Google Search Console automatically, so we added them manually today by just pasting these 3 URLs into the sitemap-tab in Google Search Console.

    Question A) – Delete Yoast-Sitemap?
    Is it recommended to delete the old Yoast-Sitemap or should we just leave the sitemap untouched in GSC as it is?

    Question B) – Best way?
    Is this the best way of adding new sitemaps to the GSC or should we have waited just a few days more until RankMath adds the new sitemaps automatically on its on to the GSC? How long does this last usually?

    Question C) – Updates of these sitemaps?
    Do we understand it correctly that – every time we update a page, post, project in the backend or add/delete new/existing pages,posts,projects to WordPress, RankMath initially sends a new version of the sitemap to the GSC? Or do we have to do this manually if we want best results? If RankMath does this automatically … how long does this usually last?

    Thanks in advance and best regards?

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math and sorry for any inconvenience that might have been caused due to that.

    1). It is not recommended to delete the current sitemap since Rank Math also make use of the same URL for the sitemap index. Do the individual post type sitemaps appear when you click on the sitemap index? You can however go ahead and remove the current sitemap index and add a new sitemap index.

    2). To force the plugin to ping Google on the sitemap changes, you can head over to your WP dashboard > Settings > Permalinks and hit save and this will update the links on the sitemap and notify Google of the changes.

    3). Rank Math will automatically notify Google of the new published page /post but Google will assign a custom crawl budget on when the posts will be indexed which might take a few days to complete.

    I hope this info helps. Thank you.


    Hi Michael,

    thanks for your feedback … this is clearer now!

    Best regards

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    ​I am so glad to hear that.

    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

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