Sitemaps are text files containing a list of all pages on your website/blog to show search engines and humans the page structure of your blog. For Google, and of course other search engines to easily crawl and index your blog posts, you have to submit a sitemap(s) of your blog to Google Webmaster Tool. This would help increase your blogs visibility in search engines (not instantly though. I’m sure you already know). Since submitting a full sitemap for my blogger blog, I’ve been getting traffic to old posts that were long buried in my archive once in a while compared to when I was using the blogger feed option (see below). Though not a drastic boost so far, but it’s well worth it.
Blogger default sitemap option is a mess
Normally, if you are hosting your blog on Blogger/Blogspot, you have to submit your atom feed URL as your sitemap, which looks like this;
Unfortunately, the above blogger sitemap only allows submission of 26 maximum URLs at a time. So if you have 100 blog posts, the default atom feed URL will only submit 26 of your latest post to Google in the webmaster tool, and as you update your blog, newer posts displaces older posts to maintain this figure. This wouldn’t show you the exact figure of your pages indexed by Google, so doesn’t quite represent the purpose of a sitemap.
How to Submit full Sitemap for Blogger
To submit full sitemap for Blogger to Google, log in to your Google Webmaster Tool account. Go to Submit a Sitemap and add the following line:
This will submit the first 500 posts on your blog to Google for indexing. If you have more than 500 posts, you have to submit a second sitemap by changing ‘1’ in the link above, to 501, and ‘500’ to whatever number of URLs you want to appear in the sitemap or just leave it as 500, like:
What this figures actually means is, using the first sitemap for example, ‘1’ indicates that you are submitting from the latest (first) post on your blog and the ‘500’ after max-results, indicates that a total of 500 posts from the latest is allowed on the sitemap. If you have more than 500 posts, using the second sitemap for example, ‘501’ indicates that you are submitting from the 501th post, while the 500 shows that you are submitting 500 older posts after the 501th. So two sitemaps above will submit 1000 posts
With this method, you are able to submit your entire blog pages in your sitemap to search engines for faster indexing. This should have a long term effect on search engine traffic to your blog.