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How to Create Blogger XML Sitemap for Google, Bing Webmaster tool in 2023.

We are about to be in 2023, and there have been a lot of Blogger updates in recent years. And if you are still using atom feed for your Blogger blog as a sitemap, then it’s an entirely wrong practice. This article will explain how to get the latest XML sitemap for the Blogger blogs and pages and submit it to Google Search Console, Bing webmaster, and other search engines.

A sitemap is crucial for a website or blog, it helps search engines find the available content and the site structure. Therefore XML sitemap is critically important for a website to provide the path of data available on your website to search engines.

How to create Blogger XML sitemap. Submit it to Google Search Console.
Blogger XML sitemap.

A sitemap: As the name suggests, it is a website map. It will create a complete website mapping containing all pages and posts. The sitemap is of two kinds:

  1. XML Sitemap for Search Engine Like Google Search Console, Bing Webmaster Tool, and Yandex Search Engine.
  2. HTML sitemap for Blogger Blog users.

The XML sitemap is for the webmaster or search console tool and includes published URLs of the website. The search engines fetch all URLs listed from the sitemap, crawl, and check whether the content is useful for indexation. The sitemaps are more critical when there is weak internal linking of blog posts. It helps the search engine find the deep content and index for search results.

How to Generate XML Sitemap of Blogger for GSC and Bing Webmaster Tool

Google recently released many updates for the Blogger blog, including the XML sitemap for blog posts and pages. We can access these sitemaps by adding sitemap.xml and all pages sitemaps by adding sitemap-pages.xml.

Suppose the blog URL is example.blogspot.com, then the sitemap address will be

  • https://example.blogspot.com/sitemap.xml (for all Blogger blog posts).
  • https://example.blogspot.com/sitemap-pages.xml (for all Blogger Pages).

You’ve to replace https://example.blogspot.com with your blog address. For a custom domain Blogger blog, the sitemaps will be.

  • https://www.example.com/sitemap.xml (for all Blogger blog posts).
  • https://www.example.com/sitemap-pages.xml (for all Blogger Pages).

Here, you’ve to replace www.example.com with your domain name. These sitemaps will update whenever you publish something on your blog. That means you don’t need to update these sitemaps again and again.

How does this XML sitemap works? When you publish a new post or page to the website, that page or post URL automatically fetches in the sitemap. And that sitemap ping to the search engine, “Hey search engine bot, what are you doing? I have a new page, index it“. The Search Engine replies, “ok, I’m coming to check the quality of the webpage and index it accordingly”. Then the search engine crawls new pages or posts.

It is essential to submit the website’s sitemap to the search console to improve search results and analyze the SEO. With the help of webmaster tools, you can keep an eye on ranking keywords and improve their rank.

Submit Blogger XML sitemap to Google Search Console

To increase the organic traffic of the Blogger blog, submit the XML sitemap file to Google Search Console. For this, you’ve to sign-up for Google Search Console. Then, go to Google Search Console and click on Start Now, as shown below.

Google Search Console Welcome Page
Google Search Console Welcome Page

Now this page redirects to Google Search Console, and you’ve to verify your Blogger blog as a URL prefix. You are not the domain owner so avoid domain verification. You can choose the HTML tag method to confirm your website. You’ve to edit the Blogger template to add the HTML tag. And then click verify. After site verification, go to the sitemap option in the left-hand side menu below.

Google Search Console XML Sitemap Submit
Google Search Console Sitemap
  1. Click on sitemaps
  2. and enter sitemaps for posts and pages.
    • sitemap.xml
    • sitemap-pages.xml
  3. Submit the above two sitemaps one by one.
  4. After the successful submission of the sitemap, a success message will appear. (If it results in an error, please refresh the page.)

Now all process is done, it might show the number of posts or pages of the website or show processing data.

After Google Search Console, another second-largest webmaster tool from Microsoft is Bing. Learn what the Bing Webmaster tool is and submit a sitemap to it.

Submit sitemap to other search engines using robots.txt.

Whenever a search engine crawls your blog, first, it will interact with the robots.txt file of the website. This file contains rules for the search engine and the sitemap’s path. This XML sitemap helps these search engines navigate all the website’s content. Let’s generate a robots.txt file for the Blogspot that includes these sitemaps.

Enter the Homepage URL of your blog with HTTP or HTTPS://, don’t enter m=1.

 

Add the above robots.txt file to the root of the Blogger blog. Follow this guide to edit the robots.txt file for the Blogger blog.

Final Words

This article discussed getting the latest XML sitemap for Blogger and submitting that sitemap to the Google Search Console. And also a robots.txt file that includes the posts and pages site map.

I hope you liked this article on generating and submitting a Blogger XML sitemap to the Google Search Console. In case of any doubt, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar working in the Search Engine Optimization field since 2015. And worked on many successful projects since then. He shares the real-life experience of best SEO practices with his followers on seoneurons.com. You also can learn Advance level SEO for WordPress, Blogger, or any other blogging platform. Stay tuned.

14 Comments

  1. Thank you so much ❤️
    Whenever I face any problem on my blog I just search Seo neurons in Google and I get exactly accurate info which does have any negative impact on SEO . Thank you so so much for creating this website .

    1. In WordPress, Plugins like Yoast may create robots.txt file for you. In Blogger, you have to add it manually for pages and posts.

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