how to submit a sitemap to bing

How to Submit a Sitemap to Bing (WordPress Tutorial)

Would you like to learn how to submit a sitemap to Bing?

Sitemaps can help search engines crawl and index your website. So they’re considered a best practice in SEO.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to submit a sitemap to Bing in just a few steps.

How do I Create a Sitemap?

If you still need to create a sitemap for your WordPress site, you can do that easily with the All in One SEO (AIOSEO) plugin.

aioseo homepage

AIOSEO is an established plugin with thousands of 5-star reviews on Currently, over 3 million people are using the plugin.

Download and Install All in One SEO Plugin

Simply download and install the plugin. It will automatically create your sitemap.

In fact, AIOSEO will create 2 sitemaps for you.

  • An XML sitemap: This complete sitemap contains all of your pages.
  • An RSS sitemap: This small map contains your recently published and updated content.

What’s the difference? RSS sitemaps are crawled more frequently by search engines. And search engines can crawl them quickly because they’re limited to recently published or updated content.

By contrast, an XML sitemap is a complete sitemap of all indexable URLs on your website.

URLs of your sitemaps

Once you’ve installed the plugin, you can find your sitemaps at


You’ll use these URLs to submit your sitemap.

Now, let’s walk through the submission process.

How to Submit a Sitemap to Bing

Step 1: Log Into Bing Webmaster Tools

First, go to Bing Webmaster Tools and click the Get Started button.

bing webmaster tools homepage
The Bing Webmaster Tools homepage provides a “Get Started” or “Sign In” option.

You can log in with your Microsoft, Google, or Facebook identity.

Step 2: Add Your Site

Next, you’ll add your site to Bing Webmaster Tools.

There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Import your site from Google Search Console.
  2. Add your site URL manually.
bing webmaster tools add site

Choose the import option if you have already submitted your sitemap to Google Search Console.

The import option will save you time since you won’t need to verify your domain name ownership to Bing.

If you haven’t submitted your sitemap to Google Search Console, manually add your site URL here and follow the domain verification instructions.

Once you’ve completed this task, you’ll see a success message.

bing webmaster tools success message

Step 3: Add Your Sitemap(s)

Now, click Sitemaps in the left sidebar of the Bing Webmaster Tools dashboard.

That will open a popup window with a field to which you can add your sitemap URL.

You can also click the “Submit Sitemap” button at the upper right to add your sitemap.

Add your XML sitemap URL to the field.

And click Submit.

In our example, we’ll use a site called “signalfox.”

bing submit sitemap interface

Caption: Enter the URL of your sitemap and click the Submit button.

Next, add your RSS sitemap URL.

bing submit sitemap interface

And click Submit.

Now you’ll see both sitemaps listed in Bing Webmaster Tools.

bing webmaster tools list of sitemaps

Step 4: Add Specialty Sitemaps

Next, you may want to add a couple of other sitemaps to Bing.

All in One SEO (AIOSEO) offers 2 optional sitemaps.

If you’re using these sitemaps, then follow the instructions in Step 3 to submit them to Bing.

Q&A on Submitting Sitemaps

How do I know if my site is indexed by Bing?

To find out if Bing has indexed your site, go to and type into the URL field. If the Bing search engine lists pages on your site, it’s indexed. If no pages are listed, follow the instructions on this page to submit a sitemap to Bing.

If, after submitting your sitemap to Bing, you recheck the indexing and see some of your web pages are missing, you can manually submit these in Bing Webmaster Tools.

What sitemap file formats does Bing accept?

Bing accepts the following sitemap file formats:

  • Text files
  • XML
  • RSS 2.0
  • mRSS (Media RSS)
  • Atom 0.3 and 1.0

Is robots.txt the same as a sitemap?

No, robots.txt is not the same thing as a sitemap. The robots.txt file tells search engine crawlers to ignore or index certain pages of your website. And sitemaps provide crawlers with a list of complete content along with modification dates and newly published URLs.

Also, while robots.txt is a text file, sitemaps are HTML or XML files.

By default, WordPress creates a robots.txt file for your site. And it automatically omits /wp-admin/ but allows /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php. This rule allows you to log in but prevents search engines from crawling code files irrelevant to your rankings.

Your WordPress site may also automatically list your sitemap URLs in the robots.txt file as “allowable” for indexing.

All in One SEO (AIOSEO) provides a user-friendly Robots.txt Editor to edit the rules contained in that file.

Not Using WordPress?

Don’t have a WordPress site? Most content management systems (CMSs), like Drupal, Shopify, and Squarespace, will generate an XML sitemap for you.

Themes from static site generators, like Eleventy, Hugo, and Gatsby, also typically include XML sitemaps.

You can check if you already have an XML sitemap by entering your domain name into your browser, followed by /sitemap.xml. Then follow the steps above.

Q&A on How to Submit a Sitemap to Bing

Do I need to submit sitemap to Bing?

It’s not necessary to submit a sitemap to Bing, but if you want to be found by Bing users, it’s a good idea.

According to StatCounter, Bing has around 3% of the global market share for search engines, while Google has over 91%. So submitting your sitemap(s) to Google is more important, but to maximize your traffic, submit to more than one search engine.

What’s Next?

You’ve learned how to create a Bing Webmaster Tools account and how to submit a sitemap to Bing. And we’ve covered how sitemaps help crawlers speed up their work.

Learn more about sitemaps in 5 Sitemap Best Practices.

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Sherrie Gossett Content Writer
Sherrie is an SEO analyst based in New Hampshire in the United States. When she’s not busy researching, implementing, and writing about new SEO developments, she can be found hiking and playing guitar.

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