Being the administrator for three (3) blogs isn’t easy, especially as one of these blogs, My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica, is a Blogger blog.
Because of its massive archive of articles, I have to regularly do sitemaps and upload them to Google’s Webmaster Tools in a bid to make sure Google crawls my blog properly and all my articles are searchable.
Normally, I used to just post my blog article in plus.google.com or submit them directly to mention links to Google URL Submit or Bing Submit Toolbox. But that takes up a lot of time and since 2015 I’ve switched to submitting the XML Sitemap to Google’s Webmaster Tools and Bing Submit Toolbox.
How to submit your XML Sitemap to Google’s Webmaster Tools – Timesaver for Crawlers and increased Traffic
So here’s how I submit a proper XML Sitemap to Google’s Webmaster Tools, an activity I do once every two (2) weeks as I publish articles on my blog daily.
The resulting output is the XML Sitemap. I then access my Blogger blog and go to Settings, Search Preferences then Custom Robots.txt and set it to enable. Then I copy and paste the XML Sitemap from Labnol XML Sitemapper straight into the Custom Robots.txt.
To confirm that the XML Sitemap has been uploaded, type in your blog URL into the Address bar of your Web Browser. At the end, add the text “robots.txt” e.g. http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/robots.txt and press enter to view.
Once confirmed, you can now update the XML sitemap in Google’s Webmaster Tools. First login to Google’s Webmaster Tools and then select your blog, if you’ve already registered. Then click on Crawl in the menu on the left and go to Sitemaps in the dropdown menu.
Then click on the Add/test sitemap button, which is a big red button to your right. Your URL will already be there, so you need to specify the URL sort the sitemaps, which are really the same Feedburner links for your RSS e.g. http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Submit them one at a time, depending on the size of your blog. Once you’re finished, Google’s Webmaster Tools will have a complete sitemap (Salmon, 2009) of your blog and thus update them accordingly and make them searchable.
Best of all, once your XML Sitemap if sully submitted, you’ll be able to use the Google’s Webmaster Tools to analyze your blog traffic and fix errors!
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Here’s the link:
- Salmon, P. (2009, February 18). Finding Your Blogger Blog’s Sitemap. Retrieved from https://technicallyeasy.net/2009/02/finding-your-blogger-blogs-sitemap/
- Labnol. (2012 July). How to Add a Google Sitemap to your Blogger Blog. Retrieved from http://www.labnol.org/internet/submit-blogger-sitemap-to-google/10149/