Importance of a Sitemap: How to Submit a Sitemap for Blogger Blogs?

A sitemap is paramount for proper search engine indexing and ranking. It will relieve you of the trouble of submitting each individual page you write to search engines. Here, we will see the importance of a sitemap, its benefits, and the method to add a sitemap for your Google Blogger blog.

Google normally crawls and indexes all post pages on your blog. However, at times the spiders miss pages. Usually they are standalone pages (without links from any other page). To see which of your pages are indexed, Google this search term: “site:your URL (notice there is no space after the colon). Google will list all the indexed pages in your URL. I recently happened to find that a few pages in CuteWriting were not in Google index, which made me do what you are reading.

Why Sitemap?

When your blog is rather new, you may not see much increase in traffic even if you post regularly; the reason may be that only your home page is indexed on the search engine and no individual post page. This may rob you of a lot of search engine traffic.

If your blog has dynamic content, updated daily or weekly, a sitemap is definitely in order. Another reason is that your internal pages may not be properly interlinked. Search bots occasionally access your site for crawling and indexing, and they crawl to new pages through links from the indexed ones. This will exclude the standalone pages.

Also, search bots find it cumbersome to crawl sites with navigation based on JavaScript and AJAX, and they give up. If you have such a site, you can help the bots with a sitemap.

Effects on SEO and Traffic

Lack of a sitemap will not affect your site’s SEO (Thank God!). Any indexed page on your site will still show up without any errors, and will not be ranked low. The only effect of the lack of sitemap is on your traffic.

The reason why a blogger continues to add content is to see a steady traffic growth. Without proper indexing, only your home page will rank on the search results, showing you a horizontal jagged line on traffic analytics. We prefer jagged climb instead!

Hard working bloggers may add hundreds of posts to their blogs in a year. Just imagine that fifty of your posts are not indexed. You are losing a hundred visitors they could bring daily.

How to Add a Sitemap to Your Blog?

You can add a sitemap to your blog by using an online sitemap builder that will crawl and list all pages of your site into an XML file automatically.

You can use the XML sitemaps or a normal HTML sitemap with Google. The HTML sitemap is nothing but a directory page on your site, listing links to all pages on your website, in a category order. The visitors will appreciate this feature, just as the search bots. Once the sitemap file (XML or HTML) is ready, upload it into your server and put a link to it from your Google Webmaster Tools account.

You can sign up with Google Webmaster Tools from here. You need to verify your website or blog in Webmaster Tools, by following one of the verification methods provided by Google (Meta tag authentication or HTML file upload.)

Once the blog is verified, you can add a sitemap to it. Just follow the instructions in Webmaster Tools to add the XML file.

Here are some online services that can generate a sitemap for your blog. I haven’t tested any of them, and don’t recommend any one in particular. Most of these are free, though some are limited. Just try them out and give your opinions.

Xml-sitemaps.com
Automapit.com
Makeasitemap.com
Sitemapdoc.com
Freesitemapgenerator.com

Important! If You Use Offline Sitemap Builder

When you run a sitemap builder program on your system, make sure you are not logged into your site. If not so, the dumb sitemap generator will crawl and list post and comment deletion links and their confirmation links, while you are sleeping. In the morning, you will be left with an empty blog and a sitemap with nonexistent links. Therefore, make sure you are logged out of the site when you run the offline sitemap builder.

How to Add Sitemap to Blogspot?

In Blogger blogs, normally you cannot add an XML sitemap, since you can’t upload files to Blogger. However, there is a good alternative. You can use your Blogger Atom or RSS feed as your sitemap. In order to activate this, follow these guidelines.

1. Sign into Google Webmaster tools, with your Google account. (Follow signing up and verification of your blog if you haven’t already done so.)
2. Now, go to your website profile and click Add under Sitemap.
3. Choose the type of Sitemap as General Web Sitemap.
4. In the field provided, just complete your feed URL. Normal blog feed URL is “blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default.” So you need to only add “feeds/posts/default” to the text box provided and submit it.
5. If you have used FeedBurner to burn your feed and have put it as your default feed in Blogger feed settings, then instead of “feeds/posts/default” use “feed/posts/default?rss.”

The sitemap will not have an immediate effect. The feed will automatically include all your posts, and Google can periodically access it to crawl and index newer pages. From now on, all your posts will be automatically indexed.

Conclusion

A sitemap can bring a truckload more visitors to your site. If you check some of the high-ranking sites, you can find a link to their sitemap on the home page itself. The importance of a sitemap in search indexing should never be underestimated.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008

16 Opinions:

  1. Hi Shen, I found this post very informative and I wanted more bloggers to read it, so I submitted your post to ENTREVIEW.COM. You can visit the URL below to view it.

    http://entreview.com/story/title/Writing_Help_Importance_of_a_Sitemap_How_to_Submit_a_Sitemap_for_Blogger_Blogs

    Thanks for the very vital info, I've been trying for ages to install this site map. I'll try now.

    Cheers.

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  2. Hi Jen, thank you for the comment. It's a great encouragement for me.

    Lenin

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  3. Thank you so much. I was looking for info on sitemaps for blogger for a friend. This will be a big help. Too bad you don't have a digg submit button or I would have dugg it. LOL :-)

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  4. Thanks for your comment. But you got a small digg button in the bookmark button at the bottom of the post.

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  5. WOW!!! Many thanks for the clear, simple and lucid explanation regarding how to add a sitemap on blogger. I searched 4-5 sites before I came upon yours, which provided the best way of explaining it.
    Thanks again.

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  6. Thanks, Varun, it's my pleasure.

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  7. Hi,

    I like this article and I want to try your tips. I still learning about blog.

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Ramdhan
    http://easy-lookforprofit.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks so much for your clear explanation. I have been trying to figure this out for awhile now and your blog helped get it done without confusion.

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  9. singleguymoney, it's my pleasure.

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  10. thanks for the post! used it to submit my sitemap after changing some duplicate content nuisances. I hope this time I got it right as I am figuring out how to implement code and stuff from scratch. Most of the time I have no clue as to what I'm doing but the worse that could happen is I'll learn--the hard way!
    greetings happy new year

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  11. You quite possibly saved my company. I've had problems getting my pages indexed properly for months now. Thanks man for explaining this so well that even i got it. I'll buy you a beer if ever come to Finland.

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  12. Hi, Good to know I could help you out. Thanks for your offer. I will definitely take it if ever I come to Finland!

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  13. Thanks so much! I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to add a sitemap for my blogger site since I can't upload to their servers. This was easy to follow and revealed just how easy it is to get a sitemap up despite that!

    Thanks again :)

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  14. Thanks for the post, it confirmed the information I had gained from another blog post which seemed a bit dated. I have written a condensed blog post which refers back to this post for more detailed information at http://www.fuelforfusion.com/2009/06/adding-site-map-to-blogger-account.html
    Thanks again.

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  15. Hello, this is wasseem from Iraq
    Thanks for your useful article
    i have added the sitemap to google but will it really make my blog indexed??
    i have also removed this code from the template
    b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content


    http://iraqifunwebsite.blogspot.com/

    can you please advice me?
    thank you

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  16. Hi. I have this error once i submit my site map.

    Errors 2
    URL not allowed
    This url is not allowed for a Sitemap at this location.
    URL:
    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheHookahSpot/~3/JOPNLNZmcw8/natural-vs-quicklight-coals.html
    Problem detected on: Jan 25, 2011
    Errors 60
    URL not allowed
    This url is not allowed for a Sitemap at this location.
    URL:
    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheHookahSpot/~3/Qdp3qdhHYw0/shisha-brands.html
    Problem detected on: Jan 25, 2011


    thanks for your help

    my blog is here

    http://www.hookahspot.blogspot.com

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