It is the dream of every blogger to be able to generate a reasonable amount of organic traffic (traffic through search engines like Google and Bing) to his blog.
Most Bloggers fail to enjoy the benefits that comes with good search engine rankings because they neglect certain parts of their SEO practices. If you are a new blogger or don’t know much about SEO, you may probably not be aware of Google Search Console or Webmaster Tool. For a good SEO reason, it is very important that every blogger should submit his blog Sitemap to Google Search Console or Webmaster Tool.
Note: Know that Google Search Console is the same thing as Google Webmaster Tool and in the remaining part of this post, one shall be used at a time.
The Sitemap of a website or blog needs to be submitted to the Google Search Console because it (Sitemap) helps to tell Google about every content and page on the blog for easy and efficient crawling. The Sitemap is automatically updated every time you publish a new post or create a new page on your website or blog and quickly present them in the Google Search Console for the Google Crawlers to fetch them. This practice helps to increase the crawl rate of your blogs and websites.
In this post, you would be learning how to submit your Blogger blog sitemap to Google Search Console. There are two type of sitemap; the HTML sitemap and the XML sitemap. The HTML sitemap is designed for human usage. It is used to create a webpage that human can understand which help them to find any particular information in a website easily. This is an example of a HTML sitemap. The XML sitemap is specifically created for bots and crawlers to use. This is the type of sitemap which you would submit to the Google Search Console to enable Google crawl your blog with ease.
How to Submit Your Blogger Sitemap to Google Search Console
The first step to take when submitting your sitemap to Google Search Console is to login to the Google Search Console page using your Google Account details. Then, make sure you have verified the blog you want to add its sitemap on the Google Search Console. Follow the step below to verify your blog; (Skip this step if you have already verified your blog).
1. login to the Google Search Console page using your Google Account login details.
2. Click on ADD PROPERTY and enter the URL of the blog you want to verify.
3. Now select any method best for you in the page that follows to verify your blog. I personally prefer to use domain name provider method for verification using the CNAME record addition.
Now that you have verified you blog on the Google Search Console, Follow the steps below to submit your blogger sitemap to the Google Search Console;
- Sign in to Google Search Console
- Click on the blog title for which you want to add sitemap as shown below.
- Click on Sitemaps button as shown below.
- A text field would be provided as shown on the image below
- Now add the code below into the text field provided.
- Now, Click the “Submit Sitemap” button and refresh page.
Hurray! You have successfully submitted your blog Sitemap to the Google Search Console.
Note: The sitemap you just submitted to the Google Webmaster Tool can only fetch the first 500 post on your blog. If you have over 500 blog posts, add the code below again after adding the first one for the blog posts from 501 to 1000 and follow the pattern to add more if you have over 1000 blog posts.
That is it. You have just learned how to add your blog sitemap to Google Webmaster Tool. If you do not understand any session of this tutorial you can asked questions using the comment box below.