A sitemap is crucial for a website or blog, and it helps the search engines to understand the site structure. And this sitemap should contain a links list of only those pages that are available on the website. That means you have to submit the sitemap index link, which is automatically updated as you add, change or remove the blog content. This article will explain how to generate an XML sitemap for the Blogger blog that fulfills the above conditions.
The XML sitemap is the roadmap of a website. It consists of all content lists published on the website. If the website is not appropriately interlinked, then the sitemap helps search engines find all the content. So that orphan content can also rank.
What is a sitemap: As the name suggests, it is a website or blog map. It will create a complete mapping of the website that contains all pages and posts mapping in it. The sitemap is of two kinds:
- XML sitemap for Search Engine Like Google Search Console, Bing Webmaster Tool, Yandex Search Engine.
- HTML sitemap for Blogger Blog users.
The XML sitemap is for the webmaster or search console tool. This sitemap includes the complete website. The search console collects data from all sitemaps and displays results according to the user’s query. The sitemaps are more critical when there is weak internal linking of blog posts.
Generate XML Sitemap for Blogger Blog Post and Pages.
There is no need to create an XML sitemap for the Blogger blog, as the XML sitemap is inbuilt with the Blogger blog. We only have to access all posts sitemap by adding sitemap.xml, and all pages sitemap 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 automatically adds to the sitemap. And that sitemap ping to the search engine “Hey, what are you doing? I have a new page, index it“. The Search Engine reply back, “ok, I’m coming to check the quality of the webpage and index it accordingly”. Then the search engine crawls that new pages or posts. It also helps search engines to find all the content available on the website.
It is essential to submit the website’s sitemap or website to the search console to improve search results pages 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 organic traffic, submit the Blogger XML sitemap file to Google Search Console or erstwhile Google webmaster tool. Then, go to Google Search Console click on Start Now, as shown below.
Now this page redirects to Google Search Console, and you’ve to verify your Blogger blog. 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 provided in the left-hand side menu below.
- Click on sitemaps
- enter sitemaps for posts and pages.
- Submit the above two sitemaps one by one.
- After the successful submission of the sitemap, a success message will appear.
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 is from Microsoft is Bing. Learn what the Bing Webmaster tool is and how to submit a sitemap to it.
Submit sitemap to all 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 also the path of the XML sitemap. As we know, this XML sitemap helps these search engines to find all the content of the website. Let’s generate robots.txt 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, how to edit the robots.txt file for the Blogger blog.
This article discussed how to generate the Blogger sitemap and submit that sitemap to the Google Search Console. And also, we created a robots.txt file that includes path of posts and pages sitemap.
I hope you liked this article on generating and submitting Blogger XML sitemap to the Google Search Console. In case of any doubt, feel free to ask in the comment section provided below.