Does Google Read Your Blog?

You spend a lot of time crafting excellent content for your blog. However, it’s important to ensure that Google and other search engines read your site. Does Google know your content is there?

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How to submit a Google Sitemap

This is where Sitemaps come in to play, and luckily, there is a quick process required to submit yours to search engines- especially Google.  Essentially a list of pages on your site, Google explains, “sitemaps are a way to tell Google about pages on your site we might not otherwise discover.” While Google regularly crawls content, submitting a sitemap ensures that your content is not missed, or even crawled a bit sooner.

So how do you create a sitemap? Google gives you the format, that is also used for Yahoo and Bing, among other search engines, in their Creating Sitemaps help. Or, you can try an online generator like this one found here to create a specific one for you. Are you on WordPress? (Brownie points if you are!) There are several plugins that will generate sitemaps for you, like the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.

Once you create your sitemap in the manner that is comfortable to you, go to Google’s Webmaster Tools to submit it. Or, follow the alternate instructions from Google here. Just be sure to submit according to the guidelines- Google’s attention can determine whether everyone and their mother is reading your site— or if it is just your mother reading the site.

Have you submitted your sitemap yet?

About Ashley Abele

Ashley is a mom of 3 young children, social media consultant and blogger. She focuses on strategizing for bloggers and small businesses to help them reach their online potential and subsequent sales potential as cofounder of Other Half Media. When she’s not busy creating blogger outreach programs, email or social media campaigns, she blogs her life, parenting, and frequent moves at My Front Porch Swing. Connect on @AshleyNAbele on Twitter and on Facebook.

Comments

  1. Hi,

    It is very important for any blogger that our blogs are indexing or caching by Google or not. You have really posted a nice post and shared your experience with us. Thanks for your nice post and looking forward to see some more new posts from you.

  2. Hey Ashley
    hope you are well
    and you are absolutely right about this topic. But i want to share one thing to you and all the readers that their are many wordpress plugins for generating xml sitemaps like google sitemap plugin by bestwebsoft. And i really liked a plugin which covers most of the requirement of seo that is ‘wordpress seo by yoast’. This plugin is for per post optimization and keyword submission. Speaciality of this plugin is that you can also create a xml sitemap using this plugin. I personally use this plugin. You don’t need to install extra plugin like google sitemap plugin and all that. And google webmaster tool is really a god gifted tool for the webmasters.
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  3. first i was using xml sitemap and now i am using yoast. still testing it
    Nice tips as always. Keep posting .
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  4. Hello to all, how is all, I think every one is getting more from this web site, and your views are fastidious for new visitors.
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  5. I was having trouble with this because I am on blogger, you can’t get to your root directory to put in the code so I found this, hope it’s helpful to others
    http://www.labnol.org/internet/submit-blogger-sitemap-to-google/10149/
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  6. I have to find out if I have one. I am clueless about this stuff.
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  7. all done… I’m going to sound like a real geek but knowledge is exciting..
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  8. Thank you for explaining this so clearly :)
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  9. Robin |Farewell Stranger says:

    Woot! You’re hitting all the stuff I want and need to do. Happy new blogging year to me :)
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  10. I didn’t know about this. Thank you for the tip. I will put this on my “must do” list.
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  11. Ooooh! I don’t know anything about this. I installed the WP plugin. Do I still need to submit the sitemap?
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    • Adrienne, if you go to the settings for this plugin it will let you build the sitemap – make sure you’ve done that. It will tell you Google has been notified (and Bing) but I’m still trying to figure out if that means I need to submit…
      Robin | Farewell, Stranger recently posted..Life Well Lived

      • That’s where I’m at. It appears everything is in order b/c it says everybody’s tracking. But, I really have no idea what any of those settings mean! Or if I’m supposed to do anything else to make sure it’s working. I’m not techie.
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  12. Thanks so much! I had no idea how to do this, or even that I should do it. The instructions were easy to follow and I created and submitted my sitemap in no time. SITS Girls rock!
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  13. Just submitted Sitemap for my blog was not knowing this earlier and I think this was the only reason for no traffic to my blog from Google.
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  14. This is such great info! I have never heard of this, so I’m definitely going to check it out!
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  15. I’m a bit ashamed to say this but there is a ton of things I still know nothing about and I have researched for quite sometime. I am going to submit mine in a few…Thank you for the information, it is very helpful!!!
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  16. Thanks for this article! I am not the best technologically and love reading about ways to better my blog. I starting following your instructions, hoping it wouldn’t take me forever to figure out, and I’m happy to say that I finished it within 20 minutes. WOOHOO!
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  17. Just added this on my to do list. So if I add the plug in to wp do I still have to submit my site map? So much to learn… Thanks for the tips.

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  18. This is such great info…TOTALLY need to do this!!!! Thank you for all the help!!! :)
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  19. Ok, I’m still hoping to get some help with this. Since it seems like everyone but me is getting it done, I must not be ‘getting it’. If we have to go in the back end and upload a file, etc. that does not seem like something everyone would know how to do. At least I know I don’t! I tried to verify my account with godaddy, but it said something about not being able to do it because it didn’t have a DNS file?

  20. I’m proud to say I have submitted my sitemap!
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  21. Thanks for this very helpful tip.
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  22. Ok, I’ve done some more research and am more confused than ever. According to what I found out, if you’re going to verify your account you have to upload a file to your server, going in the back end and fttp files? Am I the only one who doesn’t know how to do this?? I’m thinking if everyone else did it and says it’s easy, I’m missing something here.

  23. Doreen@househoneys.com says:

    Thanks Ashley, but I’m confused. I have WP, and just installed the recommended plug in. Now what? According to your instructions, I need to get the site map info from the plug in and submit to Google? Is that correct? If so, how do I do that? Thank you!

    • Doreen, I also have WP and just finished submitting mine. Yes, you do have to submit to Google after installing the plugin.You want to click the link above “instructions from google here” and go from there. :)

  24. I was not expecting it will work for me because I think you only write for girls…!
    lolz… Just Joking…
    Now Google recieved my sitemap. Hope now my pages will index shortly…
    Thank you Girls.

  25. OMG…when I read this I was so excited. Thanks for the tip
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  26. Wow! I didn’t know about this. Thank you so much for this great tip!
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  27. We’ve been meaning to submit sitemap but we didn’t know how to do it. Thanks for the info!!
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  28. Thanks for the directions. I’m a little worried about the broken link comment. I’m sure I have a few.
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  29. Awesome tip! I’m on my way to create a sitemap now! Thanks for this tip.
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  30. Brilliant info once again SITS girls! I had no such thing site maps even existed. Right, I’m off to go figure out how to do it. THANKS! (And happy New year)
    xx
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  31. Thank you for posting about this! I never even thought about doing this, but it’s done now!
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  32. I really hope I have time to actually do this. Oh, and if I hear one more GREAT word about wordpress, I’ll just bang my head against the wall now. I SO want to switch over from blogger, but again, no time. Someday soon I hope to do my long laundry list of clean up and organizing my blog. the kiddos and the cake biz are taking every minute of everyday.

  33. Excellent information. I looked up how to do it on typepad and now it is on my “hooray, I’m doing it!” list. :~)
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  34. Love this helpful post, and especially the last line :)
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  35. Thanks for this post helping me to expand my audience of one. God bless my mama! ;)

  36. I am submitted. Now I just have to figure out the 12 broken link errors …

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  37. I love finding out new blog tips to help my blog be found and grow!! Thanks for the info!
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  38. Have been needing to do this FOREVER!! Thank you for the very helpful post! Doing it right now! :)
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  39. Thank you for the information. I will begin working on this now. I don’t understand a lot of the analytics, uniquie visitors, etc. but I am striving to learn.

    Blessings~
    Alethea
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