A sitemap is required for helping the search engines’ robot crawlers to easily crawl pages in your site which helps in the better index.
Each blogger blogs has an XML sitemap which is automatically created once your blog has been fully setup, which in-turn keep updating your new blog posts as soon as they’re published.
For allowing Google’s and other search engines’ crawl and index all of your posts in your site you need to use multiple sitemaps and submit them properly in Google webmasters and other search engines’ webmaster site.
In this post, you will get all the information and techniques regarding blogger sitemap, use them in the robots.txt, how to submit in Google, Bing and other search engines so that all blog post and pages are indexed.
Blogger’s Default Sitemap
Recently the Blogger has updated its default sitemap for blogs. Every Blogger blog now has a proper XML sitemap. The sitemap is now like this;
Or for a top level custom domain in Blogger;
Previously the default sitemap only allowed indexing of the latest 26 posts of the blog and it was like this:
Or for a top level custom domain;
http://www.techinfoknow.com with your blog’s URL. Again it is same for every blogger blog.
Now the new XML sitemap will take care of all other problems with Blogger blog sitemap.
Generate Custom Sitemaps for Blogger
If you want to add customized and new sitemaps for your Blogger blog then follow the instructions for generating customized ones.
These sitemaps not only can be submitted to search engines, they can also be implemented in your Blogger blog’s robots.txt.
Also, you can ping these sitemaps to search engines.
Now for generating blogger sitemaps first see what the number of posts published is. It could be below 26, over 100, over a thousand, may be over 2000. Why don’t we break the posts number into small segments each comprising of 500.
Now our generated sitemap will be like this:-
As the post number crosses 500, we will change the number at start-index=1 to the starting post number for a new sitemap which will be used along with the previous one. See the table below;
|For Blogs with less than 500 posts||atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500|
|For Blogs with posts count is between 501 to 1000||atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=501&max-results=500|
|For Blogs posts with count is between 1001 to 1005||atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1001&max-results=500|
|For Blogs posts with count is between 1501 to 2000||atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1501&max-results=500|
As post number increase and reach a new segment of 500; you need to change the number at
start-index=, change it accordingly to each 500 segment. Keep the number at 500 in
max-results=500. And do remember for each 500 posts, you have to enter a new sitemap, do not delete the previous ones.
Creating these types of sitemaps was compulsory because of the Blogger default sitemap. But it is now updated and generating new sitemaps is not a priority for Blogger users. Although they have their usefulness.
Now you have created the sitemaps and all that is required is to submit them in Google webmasters.
How to Submit Blogger Sitemaps to Google Webmasters
- Go to Google Webmasters.
- You will see a list of all your blogs and website’s that you have linked. Chose your blog.
- Now by the navigation menus on left; go to Crawl > Sitemaps.
- On the top right click the ‘ADD/TEST SITEMAP‘ button.
- In the opened empty blank; paste your sitemap (excluding your blog’s URL as it’s given) and click “Submit Sitemap“. Repeat this step for remaining sitemaps until you have finished submitting all the sitemaps that you generated.
- You can and should also submit the default blogger sitemap to excluding the link. It will not create any problem.
Again do remember for each 500 posts, add a new sitemap, do not delete the previous ones. Google usually takes 1-5 days to crawl and index the links submitted by sitemaps depending on the number of posts and another SEO setting of your blog.
How to Submit Blogger Sitemaps to Bing
For submitting the blogger sitemaps to Bing; In the Bing, webmaster dashboard goes to Configure My Site > Sitemaps by using the left navigation menu. You will find an empty box on top of the page. Paste the link (i.e..
http://techinfoknow.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 ) of your sitemap and click submit.
It should not take long but often in Bing; you can get frustrated by the speed of indexing. Bing is not as good as Google but it is changing fast.
Hope all these information in this post helped your blog’s SEO. Do share this and if you encountered any problem, let me know via the comments.