How Do I Add Manually a New Sitemap in Blogger: When I first began blogging on blogger blogspot.com, the majority of my blog posts were excluded by the Google crawler, with over half of them failing to be indexed. This meant that my blog posts were unlikely to appear on search engines, as the crawling and indexing of your blog and its posts by the Google crawler is essential for effective SEO. If the Google crawler misses a new blog post when you are promoting it on social media, it may not be indexed unless you take action to facilitate indexing. Initially, I tried submitting my posts’ URLs one by one to Google sitemap, but this did not produce the desired results. However, on October 14th, 2020, Google disabled manual one-by-one submission of post and page URLs for indexing. As a result, I conducted further research and discovered the most effective method, which I will now teach you.
The Problem with Blogger Sitemap Files
There are a few potential issues that bloggers may encounter with sitemap files:
- Sitemap Errors: Sitemap files can encounter errors that prevent search engines from properly indexing your site’s pages. For example, if your sitemap file contains broken links or invalid URLs, search engines may not be able to crawl your site effectively.
- Slow Indexing: Even if your sitemap file is error-free, it may still take some time for search engines to index your site. This can be particularly true if your site has a large number of pages or if you update your site frequently. In these cases, it may be helpful to submit your sitemap file to search engines manually to expedite the indexing process.
- Duplicate Content: Sitemap files can also lead to duplicate content issues if you have multiple versions of your site’s pages or if your site has content that appears on other sites. This can confuse search engines and result in your site being penalized in search rankings.
- Outdated Information: Finally, it’s important to keep your sitemap file up to date with the latest changes to your site’s pages. If you neglect to update your sitemap file, search engines may miss important updates or changes to your site.
To avoid these problems, it’s important to regularly review and update your sitemap file and to submit it to search engines as needed. You can also use tools like Google Search Console to monitor your site’s indexing status and identify any issues with your sitemap file.
Adding your Blogger sitemap in robots.txt file
To add your Blogger sitemap to the robots.txt file, you can follow these steps:
- Go to your Blogger dashboard and click on “Settings.
- Click on “Search preferences”.
- Under “Crawlers and indexing”, find the “Custom robots.txt” section and click on “Edit”.
- In the text box, add the following line to include your sitemap:
(Note: Replace “yourblogname” with your actual blog name)
- Save the changes.
By adding your sitemap to the robots.txt file, you are instructing search engine crawlers to look for your sitemap and to crawl your site accordingly. This can help ensure that your site is properly indexed and that your content is appearing in search results. It’s important to keep your sitemap up to date and to regularly submit it to search engines to ensure that your site is being crawled effectively.
How Do I Add Manually a New Sitemap in Blogger
To add a new sitemap manually in Blogger, you can follow these steps:
- Log in to your Blogger account and select the blog for which you want to add a new sitemap.
- Go to the “Settings” section for that blog.
- Click on “Search preferences” and then click on “Custom robots.txt” under “Crawlers and indexing.”
- In the “Custom robots.txt” section, enter the following code:
Sitemap: [URL of your sitemap]
Replace [URL of your sitemap] with the URL of your sitemap. For example, if your sitemap URL is https://www.example.com/sitemap.xml, you would enter:
- Click on “Save changes” to save your new sitemap.
Once you have added your sitemap, it may take some time for Google to crawl and index it. You can check whether your sitemap has been added successfully by going to Google Search Console and looking under “Sitemaps” in the “Index” section.