In my last post, I have talked about how to submit blogger blog in Google by using Google Webmaster Tools. This was the first step toward optimizing your blog for search engine. If you miss out then check it before moving further.
Today I am going to share how to submit blogger sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools. This is the second and most important step. At first, I will tell you about blogger sitemap and its importance.
What is a sitemap?
A Sitemap is a XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include more information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently.
(Source: Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia)
Why it is important to submit sitemap to search engines?
Sitemap allows you to tell search engines about pages on your blog that are available for crawling. This is particularly more beneficial for blogs where some pages are not available through the browsable interface. So, if some of your posts are not indexed by Google means they don’t show up in Google search, submitting a proper sitemap might resolve this issue.
How do you make a blogger sitemap for your blog?
Don’t worry it is already there. In Blogger, your blog feed is your sitemap. You can get it from below two URLs.
How do you submit a sitemap?
Just go to Google Webmasters Tools homepage and sign in with same Google account which you are using for your blogger blog.
Click on your blog name to go to the blog’s Dashboard.
Navigate to Crawl > Sitemaps and click on ADD/TEST SITEMAP button.
One input box will appear, enter atom.xml, appending the necessary parameters and then click Submit Sitemap button.
redirect=false : if you are using FeedBurner to manage your blog feed, you might had set redirection of feed to FeedBurner. You need to stop redirection to work sitemap properly.
max-results : The default feed ULR fetched only 25 latest post. Add this parameter to allow more than 25 posts.
start-index : Start indexing from
start-index=1&max-results=500 : allows you to index maximum 500 posts per feed.
start-index=500&max-results=1000 : If you have more than 500 posts then add one more sitemap.
So your sitemap URL are
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 (If you have up to 500 posts)
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=500&max-results=1000 (If you have more than 500 and less than 1000 posts)
Your work is done. Google will take few hours to approve your submission. This was the step by step guide on how to add blogger sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools. I hope you have enjoyed this post and I would like to thank you for reading this post. Now its your turn to share your views, suggestion or place any query, I will try my best to sort it out. Also don’t forget to share it. You may also like us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.