How to create and submit a sitemap for your blog. A very simple SEO tip for you today.
What makes it so simple? You don’t have to create your own sitemap for Blogger. Blogger automatically creates it for you. All you have to do it submit it.
Going back to the 15 Minute SEO Checklist, a sitemap is on the list! And they say that spiders love an up-to-date one. So let’s do what we can to make sure that happens! Just follow these step by steps. Really, its pretty easy!
How to find your sitemap?
On Blogger, it is in the form of: http://YOURBLOGURL/robots.txt
So, the sitemap of our test blog at Blogger is: http://bloggingwithkidsblog.blogspot.com/robots.txt
And this is what it looks like:
User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: User-agent: * Disallow: /search Disallow: / User-Agent: googlebot Disallow: /search Allow: /
Take that URL that you just found and go to Google Webmaster Tools. If you haven’t added your site here yet, please do so. (Click the “Add a Site” button and follow the prompts, read more on adding your site.)
How to add your sitemap:
- Navigate to: “Optimization” > “Sitemaps”
- Click the “Add/Test Sitemap”
- Enter the ending part of the URL you found above: “robots.txt”
- “Test Sitemap”
- “View Test Results”
- Confirm that it successfully found the Sitemap and then repeat #2 above
- “Submit Sitemap” this time.
Now Google will find you. Congratulations on submitting your sitemap!
For more information in regards to sitemaps and Google Webmaster Tools see the following links:
Are you on a self-hosted WordPress blog?
Submitting your sitemap is even easier. Download and activate the Google XML Sitemap Plugin.