Adding and Finding Your Blogger Blog's Sitemap in Google WebMaster Central

Adding a sitemap to Google’s Webmaster tools is one of the first tips you will be told to do when you first manage a web site or blog. It is an easy process to do, and you can get many benefits from it, such as monitoring how Google is indexing your pages, the external and internal links it finds, and any problems Google may find with indexing your site.

For Blogger users, the sitemap to your blog may not be easy to find. Blogger does have a built-in tool that can help you add your sitemap, but if other services can use a sitemap, you may want to know where the sitemap is located. The good news, is that it is easy to find.


Sitemap

A Sitemap is an XML file that contains specific information about the various pages that make up your web site or blog. Various online tools use Sitemaps to collect additional information about your web site.

Google’s Webmaster Tools uses your Sitemap to collection information about how often the pages on your site change, the modified date of each page, and the relative importance of the pages. While most of the information about your site is retrieved when Google crawls your web site, a Sitemap will complement this information with the additional information provided by your Sitemap.

It is important to keep in mind, however, that submitting a Sitemap will not influence the location of your pages in Google’s results pages, nor is it a guarantee that the pages listed in your Sitemap will be indexed by Google.


Your Blogger Blog’s Sitemap

By default, Blogger creates to feeds for you blog: an RSS and Atom feed. As you publish a post on your blog, the two feeds are updated with the new post’s information. This is great because Google’s Webmaster Tools can accept an Atom feed as a Sitemap.

There are currently two ways that you can add a Sitemap from your Blogger blog to Google’s webmaster Tools:

  1. By clicking a link and having Blogger do it for you.
  2. Manually adding one yourself.

Let’s look at both methods, and you can choose which one you prefer.


Having Blogger Add a Sitemap

Recently Blogger provided the ability to add a Sitemap for you. You can do this by using the following steps:

  1. Login to Blogger.
  2. From you dashboard, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  3. Under Tools and Resources, click the Webmaster Tools link.

This should add all your blogger blogs to Webmaster Tools. If you are having trouble with this method, you can try adding it manually yourself.


Adding a Sitemap Manually

Sign up with Google’s Webmaster Tools and the log in. Add your site to the tool so it is displayed on your dashboard and perform any site verification. Once this is done, you can then add a sitemap.

  1. From the Webmaster Tools dashboard, click the Add link beside your blog URL.
  2. From the type dropdown list, select Add General Web Sitemap.
  3. In the text box (beside the domain name), enter in atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=50000. This will use your atom feed as your Sitemap and use the information for the first 50,000 pages listed in that file. Chances are you won’t have nearly 50,000 pages, but this is to ensure that all your pages are included.
  4. Once you have added your Sitemap location, click the Add General Web Sitemap button at the bottom.

After a little while Google will indicate if it managed to find and download your Sitemap, which you can see from your dashboard, or from the Sitemaps section with the Webmaster Tools.


Blogger Tells You Your Sitemap Name

When I was first using Blogger I had to look up in the Blogger Help and Forums on where I could find a sitemap. I eventually found out that the "Atom Feed" produced by Blogger can be used as a sitemap. The trouble was trying to remember the feed URL each time I needed to use the sitemap.

For many web sites, the robots.txt file may contain the location of a sitemap for their site. Usually, a webmaster would need to create the entry into the robots.txt file for it to be included. Luckily for Blogger users, this is done automatically for you.

To find the location of your sitemap, use the following steps:

  1. Open up your web browser, and type in your Blogger blog’s URL.
  2. At the end of the URL add robots.txt.

    For example, if the URL of your blog is http://myblog.blogspot.com, then enter

    http://myblog.blogspot.com/robots.txt

  3. Some text should now be displayed in your browser. Look for a line that starts with Sitemap:. The URL after that label is the location of your sitemap.

    Using the example above, the line would look like:

    Sitemap:

    http://myblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?orderby=updated

  4. Back in Google’s Webmaster Tools, the domain name part of the URL would already be included, so you would just need to specify the feeds/posts/default?orderby=updated portion of the sitemap URL. If other sites are able to accept a sitemap, then you may need to include the entire URL

If in the future you are having problems with your sitemap, you can always pull up the robots.txt file to make sure your sitemap file hasn’t changed.

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