Blogspot How to: Submit Blog Sitemap to Google via Google Webmaster Tools

Google controls 85% of the global search and any blog is heavily dependent on traffic from search result. We must make sure that all the posts or pages of our blog are indexed by Google. We can submit a blog sitemap to Google through Google Webmaster Tools. Google can then use this sitemap to quickly index all the entries of a blog.

This tutorial is also available in video format on my YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/BloggerEngineer


Where is the Sitemap of My Blogger/Blogspot Blog?


In very simple words, a sitemap is a large single web page containing all of your posts and labels. Blogger/Blogspot users can submit their feed as a sitemap to Google. All Blogger/Blogspot blogs have a feed address of this form:

http://www.bloggerfaqs.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

The above feed can display only last 25 blog posts. Most blogs have more than 25 posts so we must make sure that all the posts should get indexed. To do that, we can change the above code to:

http://www.bloggerfaqs.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?max-results=500

Now, last 500 posts will be shown in the feed. Now, we have a sitemap & we're ready to submit it to Google through Google Webmaster Tools.

Open Google Webmaster Tools


Google Webmaster Tools provides you with detailed reports about your pages' visibility on Google. To get started, simply add and verify your site and you'll start to see information right away.

1- Go to the following address and sign in with your Google account:

http://www.google.com/webmasters/

2- Click on Add a Site button to add your blog.

3- A small box will appear, enter your blog URL in it.

4- Now you need to prove that you are the owner of this blog, for this you need to verify.

5- Chose Meta Tag as verification method and copy the tag which looks something like this:

<meta name="verify-v1" content="z6MLWEMxLvMFcoVNvGPKOMvAn1oJBKem+eTEpZ1F/DU=">

6- Now come back to your Blogger account and go to Design -> Edit HTML section.

7- Paste the Meta Tag right after <head> tag, the <head> tag is in the start of your code just after a few lines.

8- Once you've pasted the code, click on Save Template button to save your changes.

9- Now again go to you Webmaster Tools account and click on verify button to complete verification process.

10- If you've done everything right, you'll see that you're site is verified now.

Warning: Don't remove the Meta Tag after verification process, it might be checked again.

11- Now, you'll see a list of verified sites (I suppose you'll see only 1 site there) on your Google Webmaster Tools homepage.

12- Click on your site and you'll see a dashboard page of that site.

13- From the menu on the left side, expand the Site configuration option and then click Sitemaps.

14- On the next page, click Submit a Sitemap button and it will ask you to enter the sitemap of your blog. The address of your blog will be already there so you just have to add the remaining part which is:

feeds/posts/default?max-results=500

Overall the code would look something like this:

http://www.bloggerfaqs.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?max-results=500

So just submit the sitemap there and Google will take some time (Typically, less than 24 hours) to index the contents of your sitemap.

Final Thoughts


Many readers complain that there blog doesn't appear in search results even after getting indexed. Please note that getting indexed doesn't guarantee that you're blog will also appear in search results for a specific keyword. Just use natural post and blog titles, publish new posts regularly and engage with readers to get decent traffic from Google.

54 comments:

  1. THanks a ton dude...

    prax
    www.geeksthoughts.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you so much for the response. I really appreciate it.

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  3. i've been searching for ages how to set up webmaster. all sorted now-big help! thanks!

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  4. Thankx alot it worked first time.. it took me an hour to find a solution lol.!

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  5. Thanks, the verification worked out but submitting a site with "rss.xml" is giving the same problem, do i have to give "rss.xml" with the url before or after the address. thanks
    typk1963@gmail.com

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  6. Thanks a lot for the idea...it says verified but i could not find "Site Configuration" option.
    Help me pls!
    http://birbalstories.blogspot.com/

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  7. @ Innovative Thinker, the Site Configuration option is on the left hand side when you open a particular verified site, can't you see it???

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  8. this was awesome! i followed the whole thing and it worked! you rock my world!

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  9. Thanks a lot - it is done - only time will tell if it works!

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  10. Wow. awesome step by step instructions.

    Thank you

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  11. Thank thank you i been looking for this info with no luck you got it spot on i have now verified my blog thanks again.

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  12. You are amazing!! I had been searching for days on how to do this and all the top posts were useless! Thank you.

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  13. thanks for that. And Could you please tell us how we can add "http://BLOGBLOGGER.blogspot.com/p/aboutme.html" pages to sitemap?

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  14. @ ZA, well you can't submit individual pages to Google through the this way as far as I know but after submitting your sitemap to Google, you can safely assume that Google will automatically crawl all the other pages (which are not it sitemap) whenever it will visit your blog.

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  15. Thanks for your reply. Then, can we think individual pages just for info? not need to index?

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  16. @ ZA, pages might be critical for SEO. For example, you create a page which contains links to all of your posts, you'll love to get that page indexed by search engines. To make sure that page gets indexed regularly, you can simply place a link of that page in your header or in popular posts of your blog.

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  17. Thanks for your reply.

    So, do you mean?

    we can't submit individual pages to Google through the this way. But, indivual pages might be critical for SEO. So, we can simply place a link of that page in our header or in popular posts of our blog. Then Gooole will index our individual pages like as; "http://BLOGBLOGGER.blogspot.com/p/aboutme.html"

    Do you think to use individual pages at your blog? Or do you advice to use them, or not?

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  18. @ Sade, yes I'll definitely use individual pages at my blog but I'm a very lazy person so that can take some time :) I'd also recommend to use the new pages feature which has just been introduced in Blogger. For example, you can create a sitemap page in which list all of your posts by their category, that would be awesome :-)

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  19. Thank you..that was helpful..I added my blog but still its not visible even if i type the link..
    any suggestions??
    http://interestingstories4kids.blogspot.com/

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  20. Just what I was looking for - excellent step-by-step. Thanks man.

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  21. @ Creative Thinker, it might take some more time.

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  22. @ Docsmith, thanks for sharing the info, I really appreciate that :-)

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  23. Great and super clear information! My blog did appear before on Google search and suddenly it was gone! I followed your "tutorial" and it's back again on track! thank you so much!

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  24. Thanks so much. So helpful and very clear and easy to follow for those of us who aren't always computer savvy

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  25. my blog's links are indexed but when i make a search in google with my blog's keywords i got no resuls,by the way my blog is :
    http://medikorum.blogspot.com/

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  26. @ Anonymous, indexing doesn't mean that your blog will appear on 1st page for certain keywords. Google has a ton of ranking factors to determine the search results. So, you might find your blog in other pages.

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  27. Hi, thanks for the instructions! I just finished all the steps and now i'll wait till tomorrow to see if anything comes up. Thanks again.

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  28. dude..ur site on my link now, tonned of thanx...u're very hepful!

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  29. @ dBigPumPkins, thanks for the appreciation!

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  30. i love this post, thank you very much..you are so kind sharing this..keep up the good work,,

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  31. Fantastic! thanks so much, I knew there had to be some way to do this but I wasn't able to find it before.

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  32. This is very good information - clear and concise. If only all web resources were like this! Thanks.

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  33. Thax2u, very usefull information!

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  34. Thank you for this wonderfully clear guide. It was so helpful

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  35. Thank u so much...step by step guidance was very helpful..

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  36. The explanation is so light I did not get bored. I really hate those rocket science explanation but you, you nailed it!Thanks! I really learned a lot from here

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  37. Thank you so much!

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  38. Thankk you so much:) I was struggling to get this done

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  39. Thank you very much for this how to, hopefully now all my Blogger posts will now be indexed, your help is much appreciated, all the best.

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  40. Thanks for the advice...looking forward to the day when my posts show up in a Google search!

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  41. Thanks :)

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more helpful than everyone else!

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  42. by this post i have submitted my blog sitemap to google now i want to submit the sitemap to bing?? can you please tell me how to do that.

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  43. old thread still helping out..thanks a ton..too easy

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  44. Thank you so much for your useful info, it worked perfectly.

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  45. Thank you so much!...you help me a lot!!

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  46. Thank you for the tutorial.. It helps me a lot..

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