In today’s article we will discuss about generating sitemaps for Blogger blogs. Since blogger does not have a proper sitemap structure for its blogs that is why we have to generate a new and healthy sitemap for our blogs to help search engines in indexing our pages.
These sitemaps also help search engines to find new pages of a blog or website which there spiders were not able to find during regular crawling.
For wordpress users, installing a new sitemap isn’t very hard. They can just install Google XML sitemap plugin to generate a healthy and dynamic sitemap for their blogs to help search engines.
Since we are focusing on Blogger sitemaps we will only discuss about some easy to reach resources from where you can get a new sitemap for your Blog but the first thing we will talk about is that why we need a new sitemap?And why Blogger default sitemap isn’t very cool.
As I mentioned first, Blogspot sitemap has many limitations. The default XML sitemap of Blogger will have only the 26 most recent blog posts which is not the best suitable scenario in terms of crawling and indexing.
So how we can get a new Sitemap for us which will submit every single page of our blog?
Just follow these steps:
First open this sitemap generator and type your blog’s URL.
Now click the Generate Sitemap button and this tool will generate the necessary text for your sitemap in a short time.
Copy the entire generated text to your clipboard (see screenshot below).
Next go to your Blogger dashboard and under Settings you will find Search Preferences, now enable Custom robots.txt option (available in the Crawling and Indexing section). Paste the clipboard text there and save your changes.
If you have followed my instructions properly then congrats our new sitemap is ready and search engines will discover it automatically through your blog’s robot.txt file.
But we can manually submit our sitemap to Google database. This will escalate the indexing process.
To submit our blog’s sitemap manually we first need to head over to Google Webmaster’s Tools(if you haven’t add your site there already then add it by clicking on Add A site button)
After that Google will offer you some three or four options to claim your website. Use one of them to claim your website once its done move to the next step which is submitting our sitemap.
Now when your website is registered in Google Database, its time to tell google about your blog’s sitemap from where it can pick all the new pages and can index them in its records.
For this head over to crawl option and open the menu where you will find a new option which is called “sitemap”.
Click on it and then you will find a new red button “add/test sitemap”. Click on it after which a new box will pop-up in front of your screen, you need to paste your blog’s sitemap URL there.
But the problem is that you don’t know your sitemap’s URL. Well, this isn’t a very tough situation.
Just copy and paste one of the URLs which the sitemap generator generated for your blog’s sitemap. It should look like this:
Just copy the very first line of the generated URLs and paste it to the pop-up box as shown below:
Note: Only paste the red marked code in the field and not your domain address because it is already present in the field.
Now click on Submit Sitemap button. If you have done everything right then your blog’s sitemap will be crawled by Google spiders in a very short time.
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