How to Submit Blogger XML Sitemap to Google Search Console and Boost Your SEO (simplified guide)

 Firstly, let's look at what XML sitemap really is, and how will can submit our site URL so our post can be crawled by Google.

What Is XML Sitemap?

Simply put, a sitemap is a map of your site or blog. It contains all the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or links of all the pages in your blog.  This determines how search engines can navigate around your site and pull up searches..

It's very important to know that when Google and other search engine crawlers, crawl new domains on the web and your site or blogger don't have a sitemap, will mostly be left behind and this will affect your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) negatively.

A Sitemap can be in HTML ( HyperText Markup Language) or XML (Extensible Markup Language).
A Sitemap in HTML usually help your blog visitors have a smooth Navigation, while a Sitemap in XML helps search engine crawlers to Navigate your blog smoothly. Note, the key word here is to Navigate and Crawl your blog.

Now let me quickly show you how you can create an XML Sitemap and boost your SEO

First of all, search Sitemap for bloggers as shown below and click on the one i circled.

Now it will lead you to the page where you will input you URL, for example insert your blog URL in the format https://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com or if you have your own custom domain as http://www.yourdomain.com or dot whatever and then click on generate XML Sitemap just as in the screenshot below:

As you can see i already put my URL, so put yours in that format and click generate which will now take you to the code as shown below:

Copy the code and go to blogger.com, login to your blog and go to settings, search preference, then custom rebot txt, as shown below

After that, click yes and a space will open to paste the code you copied as shown below:

Paste the code on the space and click on Save changes:

Note: That 500 there means that Google can even crawl up to 500 of your post URLs and pages.

Now you have an XML Sitemap in your blogger and it's time we put in the Google Search Console for Google to check and validate it.

From your blogger, on that section just before Custom robots.txt you will see Google Search Console. Click Edit to login. Google will want to make sure you have the admin rights to access this feature, as shown below:

Now on the upper part of the Google Console, click on those three lines as circled in the screen shot below to display Sitemap and then click on it, click on the Sitemap as shown below:

A field is open for you to fill, asking for your Sitemap URL this is all you are putting in that field:
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Note that If your URL still have the ".Blogspot.com" extension from Google make sure to put it plus atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500. Meaning in the Sitemap URL field, you will put your domain URL plus. For example: https://finsttvblog.blospot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 would have been my full Sitemap URL if not that I already have a Custom Domain

After that, click on submit and it will show you SUCCESS, and Google will begin to crawl your post.
Wow finally you did it.

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