Hello friends, today we will learn how to create XML sitemaps for your Blogger sites. Sitemap Google web crawlers will help you index your site better. So let’s get started.
First of all, do not know what is an XML sitemap?
The XML sitemap file is like all the files and web page directories on your website or blog. Google, Bing, and other search engines can use it to index all the pages on your website that they would otherwise miss during regular crawling search bots.
The Problem with Blogger Sitemap Files
A complete XML sitemap file should mention all pages of a site but that’s not the case if your blog is hosted on the Blogger platform.
Google accepts sitemaps in XML, RSS, or Atom formats. They recommend using both XML sitemaps and RSS/Atom feeds for optimal crawling.
The default atom RSS feed of any Blogger blog will have only the most recent blog posts – see an example. That’s a limitation because some of your older blog pages, that are missing in the default XML sitemap file, may never get indexed in search engines. There’s however a simple solution to fix this problem.
Generate XML Sitemap for your Blogger Blog
This section is valid for both regular Blogger blogs (that have a blogspot.com address) and also the self-hosted Blogger blogs that use a custom domain (like mrtechhive.com). Here’s what you need to do to expose your blog’s complete site structure to search engines with the help of an XML sitemap.
First, enter the Sitemap Generator site, copy and paste the full link of your website here and click on Generator. Now your site will be ready.
Once your XML sitemap is created, copy it from user-agent to the end of the sitemap, then go to settings in the dashboard of your blogger website and find custom robots.txt. And paste and save here.
Setup XML Sitemap on Google Search Console
This time we will add our XML sitemap to the Google search console. Log in to Google Search Console. Click on Sitemap. Now copy only your Sitemap from XML Sitemap Generator and paste and submit it here. You will see that the text of success is coming, which means that we have created the XML sitemap correctly and added it to Google Search Console.
And we are done. Search engines will automatically discover your XML sitemap files via the robots.txt file and you don’t have to ping them manually.
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Internally, the XML sitemap generator counts all the blog posts that are available in your Blogger blog. It then splits the posts into batches of 500 posts each and generates multiple XML feeds for each batch. Thus search engines will be able to discover every single post on your blog since it would be part of one of these XML sitemaps.