30 August 2009

How to Add Google Sitemap In Your Blogger (Blogspot)

Basically, A Google Sitemap is an XML file that shows the URLs for a site, which is beneficial to you and Google search engine too. In Google Sitemap, The Google Bot crawls your entire Blog, index the pages of your blog and let you know whether there are any problems when bot try to index it. It also shows, how the pages and their sub pages are linked? Apart from this, I love the one which shows Top search Queries of the blog where you can find the Top keyword of your blog and also at what position they are? That will really help you to optimize your blog. At sitemap you can also see how many backlinks does your blog have? and many more featutres it have....

Recently, Just Today I was chatting with one of my friend on Yahoo Messenger, As he is new in Blogging, he asked me How do i submit my blogger blog in Google sitmap ? I answered simply just go to Google Webmaster submit your site, verify it and also submit it in Google Sitemap. After that he successfully applied his site to Google Webmaster and verified it, But he got the problem with Google Sitemap. He didn't got his URLs indexed. So as he requested me to solve his problem, I began to consider the problem and searching here and there. Then I found the solution for him, which I'am mentioning here in my Article. Below I've mentioned step by step procedure on How to Add Google Sitemap in Your Blogger Blog. So Read it cautiously!

So Ready to get started with Google Webmaster Tools ?

Step 1 : Go to Google Webmaster Tools Website.
You can sign in directly if you already have Google
Account or if you don't have one then create it.

Step 2 : Login to account now and At the middle of your screen in the Add a site box, enter your Blog Url as shown in the image below and click ok.






Now you need to verify the ownership of your blog and confirm that you own the blog. They asks you to verify the blog ownership because as a result they can send you the detailed information and statistics of your blog. So now click "verify this site" link or button.




Next, They will ask you to verify your site by simply making some specific change in your webpage or by uploading a file. Actually there are two ways to verify the site but for bloggers(blogspot) only one way is possible that is by adding Meta tag in your Blog. The Meta tag will look like as shown in the image above. After clicking the verify link select the "add a meta tag" option. Then copy that meta tag, Go to your Blogger dashboard, click on Layout tab, edit html and paste the meta tag in between the head tags. Now save the template.

Step 3 : Then after that again move to your Google webmaster page, click on "Verify" at the bottom (in Google Webmaster account) and there will be a confirmation message saying that you have successfully verified.

Step 4 : Now you have to do the main procedure that is you have to submit a sitemap for google to crawl your site. Go back to the google webmaster dashboard or (home) and click the "site configuration" link which is dropdown to your blog name and click the "submit a sitemap" link or button as shown in the image below.




Step 5 : Next, as you can see in the image above the "sitemap" Url is blank. You might have seen lots of people trying to fill that Url with atom feed or rss feed which is no longer working with Google Sitemap. My friend too tried the same, that's why his blog was not getting indexed by Google Bot. But to fill that Sitemap url I have found some another way with atom feed. Well, simply use the following url as the Sitemap.
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100 (If you have up to 100 posts)
And if you have more than 100 articles or posts, then you have to add more sitemaps, after you have already added the previous one, like these:
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=101&max-results=100 (If you have up to 200 posts)
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=201&max-results=100 (If you have up to 300 posts)
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=301&max-results=100 (If you have up to 400 posts).
Step 6 : That's it my friends, Hopefully now your blog will be indexed very faster depending upon your posting and content by Google bot. You can also recheck it after few days to see the full detail and statistics of your blog like same Top search queries, Crawl error and many more...

Hope you enjoyed reading this article! Thanks!

15 comments:

  1. Very well explained, exactly how we should submit our sitemap. Thanks for this post friend.

    I better check the way I submit my sitemap, coz i simply put 'atom.xml' 'feeds/posts/default' and feeds/posts/full

    again thanks for sharing

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  2. ya lowell that is also the good way to submit the sitemap...But sometimes that also got unindexed by google bot for blogger(blogspot) just as like happened with one of my friend.
    thanks for your comment!
    appreciate it!

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  3. Yes Yooray, actually am trying your syntax now!

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  4. Would it be ok if just use that one indicating we have up to 400 posts although we haven't reach that number yet? lol

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  5. thanks Lowell! I appreciate it !

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  6. yes lowell it is okay ...It doesn't matter. you can try any way.
    Thanks!

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  7. thanks yoray ur all articles very informative nice blog i love ur blog

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  8. great article very intersesting post keep it up i really appreciate it "good work"

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  9. Great article. Thanks for sharing the useful information and I look forward to reading more posts.

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  10. Thanks for your kind help but im still helpless in adding sitemap because when i do as you said above regarding posts, it gives error to me in status :((

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  11. Nice article, thanks for share information....see you at my site

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  12. I appreciate your comment nilum! Okay you are having problem..try putting your blog url without "www" while adding it first. I think then your problem will surely get solved...
    thanks!

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  13. Hello friend,
    Valuable tips for blogs.
    I'll check it out.
    Thanks
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