Does Your Blog Have A Sitemap?

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Bloggers are always striving to position their blogs in the best place, raise their rankings on Google so search engines display their posts and to increase their DA. Most people blog in order to get their voice across and this is done by people finding and reading your work, this could be your options on a new beauty product, your rant about the current state of society or your tips on parenting.

A sitemap is a quick and super simple thing which all blogs should have but surprisingly a lot do not have them even though they take seconds to sort. A sitemap is in simple terms an XML file which lists all of the URL’s on your site along with data about each URL such as relevant pages on your site, when they were last updated and the significance of the content on the site. This information is used so that search engines can intelligently crawl your site and thus is a great tool to ensure that Google is picking up your website and all of it’s future posts and updates.

If you use WordPress then it’s pretty much a case of installing a plugin called ‘Google XML Sitemap’, Activate the Plugin and then that’s it. Once you publish a new post the plugin will update and send your URL to Google. It really is that simple, WordPress does all the hard work for you and sends all your data consistently to Google. You will still need to submit your sitemap to Google Webmasters (details at the bottom of the page!)

If you’re on Blogger then you’ll want to add a code into your back-end. The code is

# Blogger Sitemap generated on 2016.02.08
User-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Allow: /

but replace your blogname with your actual blog URL. Because a single sitemap file can not exceed 50MB it is limited to a maximum results of 500 so if you have more than 500 pages you’ll need to submit more than one sitemap.

adding a sitemap to blogge

If you have say 1,200 pages your sitemap code might look like this:

# Blogger Sitemap generated on 2016.02.08
User-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Allow: /
Sitemap: Sitemap: Sitemap:

As you can see you just change the number after index=. Now it’s a case of adding this code in so just go onto your Blogger dashboard, click settings then search preferences and enable custom robots.txt and then paste the code in, simple.

You now need to submit your sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools which you can link up to your Analytics account. If you’ve never used it search Google Webmaster Tools and claim your blog like the image below shows:

google webmasters

On the lefhand side then click crawl > Sitemaps > Add/ Test Sitemap. Here you will see your vlog name and you add in:

Click test to ensure no errors come up (this will only happen if your Sitemap isn’t on WordPress/ Blogger properly. If no errors come up you can submit and then Google will start to crawl and index your website. You are likely to find that not all of your blog pages will show up to begin with but this will change over time once Google finds more of your site.

Have you set up a Sitemap on your blog?
February 3, 2016
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