Submitting your Sitemap to Baidu search engine is an invitation based option in Baidu Webmaster Tools account. This means Baidu will enable Sitemap submission option in your account only if it finds your site is fit. They will send you an invitation for submitting your Sitemap. It is difficult to get such invitations especially if your site is not in Chinese language. Baidu introduced a special plugin only for a self hosted WordPress site users to submit their Sitemap. Here we discuss how to download and use the plugin on your WordPress site.
Download Baidu Submit Plugin for WordPress
Baidu offers two plugins called “Baidu Submit” and “Discuz!” as a structured data analyzer tools. Basically both of these plugins are meant for a forum sites to submit dynamic content to Baidu. However, “Baidu Submit” is a dedicated WordPress plugin which can be used on any WordPress sites. Download the zip file of the WordPress plugin here and by extracting the zip file you will now have a folder called “baidusubmit”.
Uploading Plugin to WordPress Site
Login to your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to “Appearances > Plugins > Add New”. Click on the “Upload Plugin” button as shown in the below picture.
Click on “Choose File” button and select the “baidusubmit” folder downloaded in the previous step. Click on “Install Now” button to install plugin on your WordPress site.
You can also use FTP applications like FileZilla or “File Manager” option of your cPanel hosting account to upload the “baidusubmit” folder under “/wp-content/plugins/” directory. After successfully installing the plugin, you can see it under “Installed Plugins” section and activate it.
Using Baidu Sitemaps Plugin for WordPress
The plugin will add a new navigation menu “Baidu Sitemap” which will have two options – Manage and Submission History. In order to use the plugin you first need to verify your site.
- Click on the “Manage” option and you will the URL of WordPress base installation.
- Click on the “Verify” button as shown in the picture below.
- You can see a success message like below after completion of verification:
- The plugin by default enable “Active submit” option. This will send the new post data to Baidu whenever you add content to your WordPress site.
- Click on “Submission History” option to see the number of posts currently submitted to Baidu.
We hope you find this useful for submitting your WordPress Sitemap to Baidu and get traffic from billion of English speaking Chinese users.