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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Understanding xml sitemap difficulties

Listing all your web pages available for users is easy you can do this by using any online tool that will convert your entire archive into html link listing that is called html sitemap -easy for any user to navigate through your site – but if you want all your web pages make available to search engine so it could crawl your site so then you need a xml sitemap.

Xml sitemap is type of sitemap used for webpages to register them for search engine, different types of sitemap  are there to entertain different content – video site map for video etc.

There are some other programs can be used for generating sitemaps online for your audience- you can write code for generating sitemap for your audience online.

There are different ways through  which you can intimate Google to crawl your site in the form of sitemap– one is mentioned above using xml sitemap as a file means you need to create xml file where you will list down all your web pages in that file and upload on your root web.

This can be achieved  by many online services available on internet – can facilitate you to create sitemap for your own site – and just upload that file.


If you have created sitemap in a format that is xml so you should be having the following URL:
example.com/sitemap.xml
Now you can tell Google this is sitemap.xml entry in robots.txt and and let Google crawl your all content.
Robots.txt is a file containing xml sitemap entries for Google and from then on Google reads that file.
Ideally this file can be uploaded in your root web or if you are using blogger blog so upload it there and check out the change in webmaster tool.

Know-how and difficulties of Multiple xml sitemap:
If you are familiar with Google Web Master tool and having only 26 listed url entries though you have more than humdreds posts so you can fix this issue now.

Basically sitemap are used to optimize sites if you have blog on blogger and have more than 100 posts or articles when you login Google webmaster area and you see only 26 pages are there and indexed too as you have more than 100 posts inside your blog but Google webmaster tool will show you only 26 entries.

How to create and submit xml sitemap:
If you are managing blog on blogger so you can create sitemap there too, just login your webmaster tool and click optimization and click add sitemap button and enter atom.xml  this is another format accepted by Google as sitemap – this is feed basically.
So finally you come up with creating a sitemap for blogger by just adding a parameter called atom.xml
You will probably face another problem when you will see only 26 pages are index after submitting this sitemap although you have more than 100 pages, so just type the following parameter to get all your pages listed and indexed.


Submitting xml sitemap for Blogger with more than 26 URL entries:

You are sure your posts are more than 100 and pages has been listed only 26 by Google so login Google webmaster tool area and add the following parameter or create a new sitemap as the following entry.
tip: Create a new xml sitemap inside your webmaster tool for your blogger blog and add the following parameter while adding a sitemap in Google webmaster.

atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100
Final site map entry should look like:
yoursite.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100

You are telling this to Google that you have 100 pages in your xml sitemap and please index them and now  if you have 200 pages so enter another sitemap starting from 101.
atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=101&max-results=200

Final site map entry:
yoursite.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=101&max-results=200

So remember these steps|:
  • Creating xml site map in Google webmaster
  • Submitting xml sitemap in Google Webmaster
As of now you are clear with the type of sitemaps:
  • Xml sitemap 
  • Atom.xml sitemap 
  • RSS 2.0 
RSS 2.0 another type of sitemap in the form of  feed which is easy to configure inside your blogger, it's one step configuration in blogger.

You also have very clear understanding - how to configure your sitemap in Google webmaster for more than 100 pages and indexed them too.


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