Aug 12, 2017

How To Submit Blogger Sitemap To Google Webmaster Tools?


If you’ve just started your blogging career, you might not know how search engines work and how to display your website in the Google search results to drive traffic to your blog.

You can show your website in Google search for free if you can help Google to find your blog. To do that, you should know about Google Search Console (earlier known as Google Webmaster Tools). Search Console is a free tool offered by Google which helps you to display your website in Google search results (index or crawl your website). This tool also helps you to improve the crawling rate of your blog. All you have to do are a few simple things. First of all, you’ve to verify in Google Search Console that you’re the owner of the website. And, the second and most important task is to submit your blog/website sitemap to search console. Here, I’m going to guide you through step by step methods about how to submit website sitemap to Google webmaster tools. But, before that we need to understand what actually a sitemap is, and why is it important for your blog to submit a sitemap.
Indexing all your post in google is the best way to attract huge organic visits to your blog. It is a difficult job for us to submit each and every posts to google one by one especially when we have already many posts published on our blog. Getting this thing easier, we can submit sitemap of our blog posts to google in one go and they all will get submitted to google.


Each blogger blogs have an XML sitemap which is automatically created once your blog has been fully setup, which in-turn keep updating your new blog posts as soon as they are published. For allowing googles and other search engines crawl and index all your posts in your site you need to use multiple sitemaps and submit them properly in google webmasters and other search engines webmaster site.

What is a Sitemap?


A sitemap is an XML file that contains the URLs inside your blog. This file helps crawlers to find all of the URLs of your blog as the word sounds, a sitemap is actually a map of your website. When Google crawlers go around the web indexing new web pages in its database, new blogs are usually missed out as only a few or no sites are linking to them as well as they’re not aware of sitemap thing.  While HTML sitemap helps your visitors to navigate through your blog, an XML sitemap helps the search engine crawlers the same way. When you submit an XML sitemap to Google Webmasters, it helps search engine crawlers to find all the URLs on your website and add it to their database.
There are various parts of a sitemap that affect the crawling rate of your blog, such as the size of your sitemap, the number of URLs in your sitemap, indexing priority of pages on your blog, updating frequency, etc.in short a sitemap is a complete index of your blog that you want search engine bots to see. A sitemap file contains all the URLs of your blog and you submit that file to search engine bots follow sitemap files to crawl and index your website.
For a normal website, we use an online sitemap generator to create a sitemap file and submit to webmaster tools offered by google and Bing. For WordPress users the use plugins that automatically keep updating their sitemap as the publish a new post, in this way you don’t have to resubmit a new sitemap after publishing new articles.
Now, that you know about sitemap and its importance, let’s move on to the further to the next steps.


Generate A Sitemap for Your WordPress Website
Sitemaps can be generated in various ways depending on the platform you are using for your website but today this post will be for the in two popular site which is blogger and WordPress there are many online tools and types of offline software which will help with sitemap generation. for WordPress user’s sitemap can be easily generated using popular SEO plugin call “Yoast SEO”. While blogger users can use this site www.ctrlq.org/blogger type the full address of your BlogSpot blog.

Generate A Sitemap for Your Blogger Website

For verifying your website ownership on Search Console, So, without much further ado, let’s get started. Click here a page will open asking you to add your url of your page do so  after adding your page url click on “add property”
A code will be giving to you asking you to add in your site copy the code

WordPress users
if you are using WordPress install a plugin called “SEO” after installing the plugin it will automatically appear in your dashboard as SEO go back to your dashboard click on the SEO it will take you to SEO dashboard now click on “webmaster tools” at the menu bar, under google search console paste the code you have copy before but you have to remove “/> at the end of the code and also at the beginning remove <meta name=”google-site-verification” content=” and click on “save changes” 

now go back to your google search console page and click on “verify”


 the system will   automatically check the code giving to you have been found in the following site? If yes, you will see a congratulation message
Blogger users
If you are a blogger user, you can verify the code my going into your dashboard>themes>edit html>add the code giving to you without editing anything and the code should be paste right after <head> tag.


 And click on the save button now go back to your google search console page and click on “verify” 


the system will automatically check the code giving to you have been found in the following site? If yes you will see a congratulation message.


Submitting sitemaps to Google Search console:


When we submit a sitemap to Google, we do so using the Search console tool. Assuming that you have already verified your site in Google search console and that you have logged in to your webmaster tool dashboard here, you have your sitemap link ready to go. If you have used an offline tool to generate your sitemap, upload it to the root of your site like this:  /sitemap.xml
Inside your Google Webmaster Tool dashboard, on the right-hand side you will see an option called “Sitemaps”. Click on “More” to see all submitted sitemaps, or you can submit a new sitemap from there.

Click on “Add/Test Sitemap” to submit your sitemap file. On the same page, you can see which sitemaps are discovered by Google or which sitemap files have been previously submitted by you or someone from your team.

Depending on what type of sitemap you have generated, you can submit it from here. If you are running a site with lots of images, I suggest you create an image sitemap. You can also create a video sitemap for your website. For a WordPress blog, you can create image sitemaps using this WordPress plugin.

If you are submitting a sitemap for a new blog, it might take some time for you to see the index status. With index status on the same page, you can see how many URLs are submitted via sitemap and how many links Google has indexed. If you have submitted separate sitemaps for images and videos, you will see the status for those links, too.
Once you are finished submitting your blog sitemap to the Google search engine.

How To Submit Blogger Static Pages Sitemap To Google Search Console?

in order to have better indexing and crawling of our blog posts. But in that sitemap there is a problem. That sitemap does not contain links of your static pages. Static pages like:
·         About Me
·         Contact Me
·         Privacy Policy
·         Affiliate Disclosure
·         or ANY page you create.

Although, these pages are not SO important to index, but if you are someone who sometimes publish valuable content on “Pages” rather than “Posts“, then submitting a sitemap for static pages in Google search console is vital.


How can you access your Sitemap for Static Pages?

As you might already know, we create atom.xml sitemap for our blog posts, but in case of Static pages, Google has already created the sitemap which can be access by adding sitemap-pages.xml at the end of your blog address.
For example:
For Default Blogspot Domains:
http://YourBlog.blogspot.com/sitemap-pages.xml
For Custom Domains:
http://www.YourBlog.com/sitemap-pages.xml
Replace YourBlog with your domain name.

Submitting Blogger Static Pages Sitemap in Google Search Console

As the sitemap for static pages has already been created, we just need to submit it to Google search console so that the search bots can find them and index them.
Follow the steps below to get it done.
1.    Go To Google Search Console (aka as Google webmaster tools)
2.    Choose your blog from the list provided
3.    Choose Crawl > Sitemaps from the left sidebar menu
Click ADD/TEST SITEMAP button towards yours top-right side

1.    Insert sitemap-pages.xml inside the text field.
2.    Hit “Submit” button and you are all done!
Same method applies for all other search engines like Bing/Yahoo and Yandex.
Let us know whether or not you have done sitemap submissions for your website. What other SEO-related things do you do for faster indexing of your blog?
Remember to share this post with anyone who might benefit from this information, including your Facebook friends, Twitter followers and members of your Google+ group!
Hope you may find this tutorial helpful. Go and submit sitemap of your static pages in Google search console and improve your blog’s search rankings and visibility.
Comment below if you need any help.



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Hey! I’m Muhammad Abba Gana, popularly known as AbbaGana, a blog Scientist by mind and a passionate blogger by heart fountainhead of Guidetricks, Duniyan Fasaha, Duniyar Yau, Hanyantsirah, Gidan Novels, Abba Gana Novels and Be With Me Technology, I am twenty something year old guy from Jimeta, Adamawa State, Nigeria. I’m a Freelance writer, Information marketer, professional blogger, Web designer, Internet speaker, software Developer and also an author. I make living with my laptop and can work from anywhere I find myself (as long as there is a power supply and a reliable internet connection). 

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