What Is A Sitemap?

So you’ve probably seen the term used around, but you might not know what a sitemap actually is.

A site map is how you tell a search engine what content is on your site and where it can be found. It can help your searchabilty, but isn’t a guarantee that your search rankings will increase. Search engines will still crawl your site, but a sitemap makes it easier. Sitemaps also can tell search engines useful information like when your content was most recently updated.

If you’re a Blogger user, then you can generate your sitemap by adding

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

For example, for our test Blogger site, bonjourblogger.blogspot.com, the URL we would use is

bonjourblogger.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

If you’ve got a custom domain pointing at your site, you would still use the same text after your domain name.

If you’re a WordPress.org (self hosted) user, then there are various plugins that are available like Google XML Sitemap that will make things easy for you!

sitemap

To submit the sitemap, you’ll need to log into Google Webmasters and select your blog. Click “Add/Test Sitemap” in the top right and paste in either the text shown above for Blogger users, or whatever your plugin tells you to for self hosted WordPress people. Click “Test Sitemap” to make sure it’s all OK, and submit it when you’re happy!

Hayley Constantine

Hayley has been blogging since before most people knew what a blog was! She started Bonjour, Blogger! in May 2013 as a way to share her knowledge and experiences - if you ever have a question, get in touch!

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