How to create a sitemap on Blogger for Google and Bing Submission

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A sitemap is simply a directory of all the pages existing on your site, like a table of contents showing the structure of your blog. Sitemaps help search engines crawl your site and index it properly. Search engines will crawl your site if you have a sitemap or not, but this makes the process easier and quicker for them. We want search engine spiders to know your blogs structure so that they can easily understand and index it. 

 

Step 1 – The New Blogger Sitemap

Google now automatically create a sitemap for your Blogger blog in your root directory. This makes the process a whole lot easier, all you have to do now is submit your sitemap to Google and Bing Webmaster Tools. The sitemap is available at the following URLs.

 

Blogger – Default URL
http://blogname.blogspot.com/sitemap.xml

or

Blogger – Custom URL
http://www.blogname.com/sitemap.xml

This new default sitemap is automatically added to the default robots.txt file, so you don’t have to create a custom one. making the process a lot easier. The sitemap file also contains links to pages like http://blogname.blogspot.com/sitemap.xml?page=1

 

Step 2 – Submit a Sitemap to Search Console

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It’s crucial to ensure your sitemap is up to date with Google Search Console. I like to go in once every 2 weeks, or at the very least monthly, and update it.


Click the URL to go to the Dashboard for that site. On the left, under “Index” click “Sitemaps.” You’ll see the sitemaps already submitted to Google as well as add a new sitemap.

 

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Google will now start to crawl and index your site. You can check what pages have been indexed on the Webmaster Tools. To submit your sitemap to Bing, login to Bings Webmaster Tools, add your URL, verify ownership and then submit your sitemap. It may take a few days for your site to be indexed.

 

Finally, get professional SEO help if you need it. Not all business owners have the time to stay on top of marketing, especially since it changes so fast. A professional can often get results much faster — and actually save you money in the long run.

What crawling and indexing tactics have you tried? What were your results?