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How to submit a sitemap on a blogger blog - Quick steps

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How to add a sitemap to google webmaster tools and robots.txt. 


Now that you are creating a lot of content, you would want them to appear on search results, right?

This means that you need to get your blog post 
indexed by search engines.

Google would then be able to find your website easily with no additional cost.

For you to achieve all these, you need to submit a sitemap.





In order for you to submit your "xml sitemap” file.

1.     First of all, you must sign up on "Google search console"
2.     Second, you add your domain name as your property,
3.      then verify that the website is yours. Then when that is done, submit your sitemap.



What are "xml sitemap" files

The sitemap of your website represents a directory of all the pages present on your website. So, when these files are submitted to google and Bing, search bots then crawl your website to find all the pages present.

Here, I am going to be sharing to you how to get a sitemap for your BlogSpot blog and how to submit it to google.


What does it mean to be indexed?

This means getting noticed on the web. Google bot crawlers index new web pages every day. 

 Most of the time, some bloggers without any clue about sitemaps or with little or no back links miss out on this.

How to get my blog's Sitemap

If you are using a blogger blog, the size of your sitemap files, the number of web pages in your sitemap and the frequency by which you update on your site would affect the crawling rate.

Your website/blog URL is: www.example.blogspot.com or www.example.com.

The "Xml sitemap"  that you are going to submit is

For default BlogSpot website
   "http://www.yourblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500"

For a custom website

"http://yourblog.com/sitemap.xml"  

Or

"http://www.yourblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

Edit this by putting your blogger blog URL. 

·         How to submit blog posts sitemap to Google search console.

Now that you have your sitemap, follow these steps below to get all the pages and content on your blog indexed.

STEP 1 
Sign in to your google webmaster account and add property.

STEP 2
Select details on the website that you want to manage.

STEP 3 
click on "sitemap" under the crawl section.

STEP 4
Select "add/test sitemap” on the top right corner of the page.

Then add this code below in the space provided


"atom. xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500



add/test sitemap



STEP 5
Click on submit sitemap. Then refresh the page. That's all.

Note: The sitemap I have given to you will only work if you have 500 pages or below. In case you have more, you may have to add more sitemaps.


·         How to submit Static pages sitemap to Google search console.


This is not a compulsory or required step but more an added bonus.

The first procedure was to get all your blog posts indexed but that sitemap does not apply for your  static pages as well.

Static pages include pages such as
Aboutcontact meprivacy policyterms of servicedisclaimer pages or any other pages present on your website.

For BlogSpot blog website



 "http://yourblog.blogspot.com/sitemap-pages.xml

For Custom website:


"http://www.yourblog.com/sitemap-pages.xml

 

 

·         Adding your "Sitemap" to robots.txt 


Robots.txt files are required as it determines how any major search engine can crawl your website.

It consists of "allow" and "Disallow " sections in the file that directs search engine that come to crawl your site, on what they should and should not crawl. 

You might have some parts on your blog that you would not want search bots to poke their nose in.

You can follow these steps to add your sitemap to robots.txt files.

STEP 1 
Sign in to your blogger account.

STEP 2 

Under the settings section, Select "search preferences."
Search preference




STEP 3
Enable "Custom robots.txt" option,  input your  robots.txt files.
Robot.txt

An example of this is:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Allow: /
Sitemap: http://yourblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

Copy the code above and input it to the space provided.


  • Sitemap




User agent

This is how search engine bots identify themselves. You can use it to control the search engines that are allowed to crawl your website.

For example, User
agent: *, means all search engines are allowed to crawl your site.

While, 
User agent: Googlebotmeans only google bots can crawl your website and other search engine.







index






Congratulations 

You have submitted your static pages and blog posts for indexing and added a sitemap to your custom robots.txt files. All these are important for search engine optimization (seo).

What if
You don't want google to know about some of your pages. Do you know you can control the crawling and indexing of such pages?

What you need to do

Before publishing your written article, under page settings at the right side of the post editor page. Under Custom Robots tag unselected the “default” option and then select the “noindex” option.
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