Blogger Help – How To Submit Your Blogs Sitemap To Google

Generally speaking, sitemap is simply a website-map, showing all the pages and sub-pages of a website or a blog, which guides both visitors and search engines like Google, Yahoo etc. to roam around your blog. And when search engines roam around your blog, it is called indexing of your website. And as “indexing” is one of the most important aspects of SEO, so submission of sitemaps to Google/Yahoo/Bing is very very important.

[check out this post on how to submit your sitemap to Yahoo and Bing]

For visitors, sitemap (when displayed in HTML format – you can create and download your Blog*Spot sitemap in HTML format from here, then upload this html file to MyDataNest and finally link it from your blog), shows how the pages and their subpages are interconnected, making it easier for them to navigate around big websites.
And being a webmaster/blogger you must have a sitemap, as it’s a search engine optimization tool too, that helps you to get more traffic from the search engines.
Now if you are using blogger as your blogging platform, then there is no direct method to simply upload an xml or HTML sitemap file to your blog. So you can follow these steps to add a site map to your blogspot blog:

STEP #1
Go to Google Webmaster Tools website. [Here
STEP #2
Login and then at the top (Add Site), type your blog’s url :

STEP #3
Now you have to verify that you own that blog, so click on Verify your site, and select the “Add a Meta Tag” option.

Then copy the meta tag into your blog’s “Edit HTML” section of  “Layout” tab, and save the template.


STEP #4
Then click on “Verify” at the bottom (in Google Webmaster account). So a message will be displayed:

You’ve successfully verified http://bikes.bloggerstop.net/.

STEP #5
Now click on Sitemaps link present at left side. Then click on “Add a Sitemap”
STEP #6
In “Choose Type”, select “Add General Web Sitemap”


STEP #7
Then in the “My Sitemap url is” blank, type this:
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100 (If you have up to 100 posts)
And if you have more than 100 articles or posts, then you have to add more sitemaps, after you have already added the previous one, like these:
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=101&max-results=100 (If you have up to 200 posts)
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=201&max-results=100 (If you have up to 300 posts)
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=301&max-results=100  (If you have up to 400 posts).

That’s it, Now you can revisit your account after some days, and see a number of statistics provided by some of which are even better than Google analytics, as you can see the Google pagerank information for your blog’s different pages, given by Google itself.

105 thoughts on “Blogger Help – How To Submit Your Blogs Sitemap To Google

  1. Hi, For the past 3 months I have been trying to get all my sites included in the sitemap without success. But after following the advice given above I was able to add the sites for indexing consideration. This post was very helpful to me. Thanks.

  2. If you have 1000 or 2000 posts then?

    should I do in "atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100" in this passion, adding 100 posts in each sitemap! or any easy method..

  3. Hi gadgetsarea

    you can make it max-results=1000, but I cannot guarantee you that it will add all the posts, without leaving anyone, cause there are some issues with the sitemaps of blogger blogs.

    and even for 1000 posts, you’ll hardly require 10 sitemaps, which is ofcourse not a big deal
    (1000 posts for a normal blogger is the work of almost 2 years or atleast 1.5 years)

  4. Divya Sai, Thanks for your cool replay, I just figured out if one use feedburner as blog feed, the limit to SiteMap would be 500 url's, so if 1000 or more posts, I feel the SiteMap would be "atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500" and additional url's as you've mentioned above "atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=501&max-results=1000" and so on.., If not correct me in case!

  5. But Divya Sai, I wonder max results in all cases should be 500, (max-results=500) correct me if I am wrong.. Thanks again

    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

    next sitemap:
    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=501&max-results=500

    and similarly next:
    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1001&max-results=500

  6. Ohhh I am really sorry..I typed it wrong 8-} …..

    yes you are absolutely correct….use the codes exactly as written by you….

    I am removing the previous comment, so that nobody uses the wrong code….

    thanks a lot for correcting me !

    Regards
    Sai

  7. hi divia

    Thank you for the tip but i am joining to indian chip’s qeustion. me nither cant add a site map and i cant get to step 6 in your tip.

    Than

  8. HI,
    Once you have verified your blog, you are done with 4th step, now 5th step is simply clicking on a link “Add a Sitemap”, so i guess there can be nothing wrong in that…..

    So u are at step 6:
    where you do not need any www, simply copy this:

    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100

    and paste it the blank, as displayed in the image at step 6…

  9. Thanks Divya…
    I did it..!!
    But as you said there is no option like(Choose Type", select "Add General Web Sitemap"
    ).
    I simply put that "atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100"
    Now its wrking……..
    Thanks alot…
    People like you help us in increasing our interest towards blogging!!

  10. Do NOT select the method of verification by uploading a html file,
    as already mentioned by me (in 3rd step), verify by “Adding a meta tag” in your blog template !

  11. Thanks. I have done that.

    But as I have started the blog only a week before, I think I have to wait for changes to happen. I can see the blog has not yet started indexed in google.

    Thanks for this valuable information

  12. Hello Ram,
    yes you need to wait a few days, before you could see some updated stats in your account, just keep on adding content to your blog as usual, and try to find some friends who could connect/link to your blog from their blogs.

  13. Hi Umakant,

    Once verified you may remove the meta tag, but I am not sure. Anyways there’s no harm in keeping it in the template, it doesn’t inc the load time, nor is it against any SEO…

  14. Hello 'Shadow',

    Thanks for commenting and your feedback, this tutorial is based on the previous version of "Google Webmaster Tools", since the UI has changed at GWT, so I do not exactly know if there's any modification in the steps to add a sitemap, it would be really kind if you could tell me the modification you have noticed 🙂

    Regards
    Sai

  15. Welcome Srikanth…

    @Dude
    Once you have submitted the sitemap, only half of your work is done, now depending on your blog's popularity (PageRank) Google will keep on downloading your sitemap, and therefore the posts.
    Your other half work is to frequently check your account (GWT account) for any errors etc. and then keep optimising them.

  16. hi divya,

    I submitted my site map 2-3 months back…in this period of time my posts goes over 100 now….

    after seeing your article i try to submit more site map…but some error comes

    Error on 1st code :-

    Invalid tag value
    This XML tag has an invalid value. Please fix it and resubmit.

    Error On 2nd Code :-

    Invalid tag value
    This XML tag has an invalid value. Please fix it and resubmit.

    Same error comes 4 times…please help me out

  17. Yes Adnan,
    you can add rss feed too, but those sitemaps written in the post above are enough, and will actually submit more pages than the usual rss sitemap, anyways there's no harm in adding more than 1 sitemap, to add a rss sitemap, click on "Add a Sitemap", then paste this in the blank provided:

    feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

  18. Your tags are perfect, anyways if the error persists, then first try this:
    Change atom.xml with rss.xml (keep rest of the link-tag same)
    i.e.
    rss.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100

    If again error is detected, then instead of starting from 1, do it from 10, like this:

    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=10&max-results=100

    You can try both these methods at the same, but plz do tell me your results.

  19. Hi,

    just to update you, I did both the things you suggested. They seem to be performing equally – none being better (screenshot here – http://is.gd/4YKTS )

    However, one surprising thing is, only the maps with Status as errors have any indexing! And also, 3 or 4 more pages got indexed since morning; so now I am also not that sure if it is a matter of time or matter of 'waiting for Goddot!'

    Can you make out something from this? Does this make sense to you?

  20. Thanks Sai for being around… still, and not giving up on me 😀

    I am not getting any message when I hover over the "warning" sign. But when I try and get more details on the sitemap, I get this Invalid URL error.

    I guess, many other people have been getting the same error.

    I am pretty clueles on how to proceed, becoz out of 500+ articles, just about 80 odd show up on Google Search. Therefore I would assume, all the other articles are still not indexed. Thats a collosal waste! 🙁

  21. Yeah this seems to be quite complicated… 8-}

    Actually according to the error screenshot, it says the error is on line 3 of your sitemap. And in Blogger we cannot modify the sitemap file, as we do not have any access to it.
    Even if you change the template, as the file is located on your domain(your_domain.com/atom.xml), this error will not be troubleshooted.

    Is this "line 3" error common to other sitemaps you have submitted?

  22. Hi,

    Yes, the Line 5 error is consistent across other errors maps.

    Is there any other way we can submit the sitemaps? Not sure of this, but can we give Feedburner urls as sitemap?

    Does this make sense?

    Regards,
    P

    Ps: I know getting indexed is the KEY of getting of dungeons, else my site will languish there. Only other option will be to move to WordPress 🙁

  23. Tried the first three no luck: the status is still the same.

    However I dont know how to submit the Feedburner URLs as it does not seem to be possible on Google Sitemaps (Webmasters tool). Please let me know how!

    This is getting tougher than Rocket science ooof

  24. Wow….Excellent post, i am searching for this. my blog is a photo blog, it contains 700 + posts. I dont know how to add site map if 100's of posts published in any blog.

    Now i am happy to adding site map as u mentioned …!!!
    I will come back later.

    Thank you.

  25. Hi,

    I've clicked VERIFY and after that it looks like it's been verified but no "You've have successfully…" sign. I can't find where I can add a sitemap 8-}

  26. Do you mistake in here:"
    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=101&max-results=100 (If you have up to 200 posts)
    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=201&max-results=100 (If you have up to 300 posts)
    atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=301&max-results=100 (If you have up to 400 posts)."

  27. Hi Divya..
    i'm kinda new in this blogging things and i've been searching for this info all over the net for sometimes and finally i end up on your site and found what i've been searching for all this time. Thank you very much for this wonderful tips!!
    you've been very very helpful…
    2 thumbs up and 5 star for your great site!!

    this is my first blog : http://theoneandonlytruly.blogspot.com

  28. Hello,

    I must commend your effort here. You are really providing value.

    What worries me is as a beginner with little or not posts yet do I have to submit the sitemap URL? I don't mean creating a webmaster tool account. I mean is step 6 neccessary for me?

  29. Thanks Sai for your prompt response.

    I guess I should just use atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100 for 100 pages since I don't have any posts yet. And when my posts beats the 100 mark I can add more. I mean for say 200 pages. Right?

  30. I went from blogspot addy to a custom domain too. The error I'm getting when I use atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100 or any of those is: Sitemap is HTML
    Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead.

    What should I do about that? Prior to switching to a custom domain that worked fine but now–no dice.

  31. Hi!I'm sktboyasif.
    I have two question
    Q1:-I have created a blog in blogger.com and google has been autometically add my blog into google search engine but only 5 post has been indexed.now i want to submit sitemap so that my all post index by google.Can I do it?If yes then how?
    Q2:-If I have submitted sitemap to google of my blog and I want to post more post after submitted sitemap then how other post will be index,whereas I have already submitted sitemap of my blog?

  32. hi!
    google has been already indexed my blog but only 5 posts and I want to add all posts in google.Now can i use your above method to add all post in google,whereas my blog already indexed in google but only 5 posts.?

  33. what can i do when i post new posts?how can i add new post in site map?.when i resubmit my site map webmaster says submitted URL30,24URL in web index,how can i add all URL in web index?.please help me

  34. I have had my blogspot acct verified and added analytics all without adding anything in edit HTML. I am getting crawled with stats but I'm not indexed so I'm not in google . The question I cannot get answered is if I need to add some XML code on the blog and where. Help me
    get indexed . I'm losing hair.

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  36. hi Divya Sai , i have your site bookmarked on my browser 😀 and you are really doing a great job, but my problem is i got a
    "General HTTP error: 404 not found
    HTTP Error: 404"
    message after i put in my blogs url, pls helpppp!
    thank you

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