Friday, June 22, 2007

Well Kept Secret On Adding Google Sitemaps To Blogger


Ok, I am convinced. I should put a sitemap on my blogger site. But, what steps do I take to add a sitemap?

First, I better define a sitemap. It is simply a map of your website and lists of all your sections and pages. A sitemap speeds up the indexing of your pages in Google and can help viewers find their way around your site. There are three basic types of sitemaps. So, what kind of sitemap should I use? It depends what you intend to do with your sitemap. You may also use more than one kind of sitemap on your site.

First, there is the traditional HTML which is useful in utilising your Link Text. This makes it easier for human visitors to navigate the site.

Second, there is the XML Sitemap which is utilised by Google's search engine. Google's sitemaps contain URLs and indexing information. This information is read by a Spider and the information is indexed. The number of URLs in a sitemap is limited to fifty thousand. A second kind of google sitemap, the Google Sitemap Index File, indexes the sitemaps. The index file may index up to one thousand sitemaps.

Third, there is the ROR sitemap which is similar to the XML format which is used for describing any element on your website such as products, services, images, reviews, etc. It can be used for all search engines including google.

Wordpress provides blogs with a sitemap plugin. When you update your site, you do not have to worry about updating your sitemap. The plugin updates your sitemap instantly and alerts Google to the change in your site.

What if you want a Google sitemap for your blog on Blogger?

Unlike Wordpress, Blogger does not offer a way to get a sitemap. Although, Google provides a Sitemap Generator that creates sitemaps from URL lists, web server directories, or from access logs. Google only allows you to submit your blog site, but does not allow you to generate a sitemap for your Blogger account. However, there is a way to get around that.

First, log into Google Webmaster Tools with your google account. Paste the URL of your blog in the add site option. When you click on the "Ok" button, your site will be added to your account.

Second, you will need to verify your blog. With Blogger, you need to choose "Add a META tag" from the drop down menu. Code will be generated for you. Highlight the code and copy it.

Third, go to your blogger account and click on template. Paste the META tag code under the first "head" and save the template changes. Next, click on the "Republish" button.

Fourth, go to the Google webmaster tools account and go back to the "Verify site ownership" and check the"I've added the META tag in the home page of..." Then, click the "verify" button.

Now you have added your site to the sitemap account and have verified it. Next, you need to add the sitemap url. Since Google will not allow you to add a text file or anything else, you will need to add your site feed (ATOM) as a site map.

Fifth, clink on "submit a sitemap" which will take you to "add sitemap". Next select the type saying "Add General Web Sitemap"

Although, I have the newer beta version of Blogger, only atom.xml worked for me. It may be different for you.

Last, you will get a confirmation and your blog will now be indexed.

Once you set up your sitemap, it is all set until you make updates to your site. Then you will have to make updates to your sitemap. Google makes this it easy to do. Everytime you make a change, log into your Google account and click on the resubmit button.

5 comments:

Asult said...

If you have any problems to create XML sitemap files for your sites or to notify search engines about updated sitemap files, try Sitemap Writer Pro. It is a powerfull tool that helps you to create and keep up-to-date sitemaps for your websites.
Sitemap Writer Pro has new tools - FTP manager for uploading sitemaps, search engine notification tool (now supports for Google, Yahoo, Ask.com and MSN.com), site crawler for adding an URLs into the sitemap and Yahoo Index viewer.

Laurie Blanchard said...

Hi! Thank you for your wonderful advice on verifiying your site and adding a site map. I have no experience with this.

Where I need help, and have bogged down is, I have found a website (www.xml-sitemaps.com) that has quickly and smoothly created files for my sitemap. I have downloaded them to my hard drive, but I have no idea how to upload or add them to my blogger/blogspot blog. I know once I have that step down, I can simply paste in the url with the page on my site into the google webmaster tools area.

Do you know how or where to upload the file? Its saved everyway, .xml, html etc, but I don't know where to or how to put it into my blog.

I'm sure I am not the only person who needs help with this, but i can't find a real solution anywhere. Thanks for your help.

Laurie Blanchard
www.fleamarketfun.blogspot.com

mistyblue said...

Hi Laurie,
Before I wrote this article I tried use the xml-sitemaps.com to add a site map. I couldn't get it to work on blogger. So I searched and searched and you see the result in my article. That was the only way I could get a site map.

If anyone has successfully used xml-sitemaps.com on blogger, I would like to hear from them. It seems like a good tool to use.

baseballsws3 said...

Great article. Thanks for the post! I have talked to a lot of bloggers who have had problems with this so this will definitely help many of them.

Steve
How to set up a blog

arab girlscool said...

This is such a nice addition thanks!!!
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