The first step to generate some traffic for your blog is to submit your blog to all major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Live search. It can take weeks for the bots to crawl your site and probably only some pages will be indexed. If you want your blog to be fully indexed in those search engines, you need to submit your blog sitemap. So make sure to submit your Blogger sitemap to all major search engines. In this article, I'll explain how to generate a sitemap for your Blogger blog.
The good news is that Blogger generates this sitemap automatically for you.
The bad news is that this default sitemap has some serious limitations.
The sitemap generated by Blogger for your Blogspot blog can be found at this URL:
The first one is in RSS format, the second one in Atom format. It doesn't matter which one you use, they should both be accepted as valid sitemap. I use the atom feed.
So far so good, but this sitemap has some limitations
- By default, this sitemap only includes the latest 25 posts. So not all your blog posts might get indexed
- If you use FeedBurner and enabled feed redirection on your blog, this sitemap does not work as it is redirected to your FeedBurner feed, which cannot be used as a valid sitemap
Disable the redirect for your sitemap
If you are using the feed redirect option for your Blogspot blog, you need to add a parameter to your sitemap to make sure the sitemap does not get redirected to feedburner
Show all posts in your sitemap
By default, the sitemap only shows the latest 25 posts. Using a parameter calledmax-results, you can specify how many posts need to be included in the sitemap.
The number of posts can be any number from 1 to 500. In my example, I'm using 100 results in my sitemap.
But what if you have more than 100 posts on your blog? Or more than the maximum number of 500? Don't worry, you can generate multiple sitemaps and submit them all to Google, Yahoo and Live.
Finally, we are going to add a last parameter that tells the sitemap where to start.
The 'start-index=1' parameter tells the sitemap to start at post 1. Using the start-index and max-results parameters, you can now define multiple sitemaps, that start at different locations in your feed, to cover all your blog posts. look my feed adress http://havelockknights.blogspot.com/rss.xml