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It is very obvious that search engines are fast becoming one of the most reliable source of  massive traffic to a blog in recent times. Alot of bloggers often get disappointed when they get a bad hit from the recent changes in google's algorithm because of the power of search engines.Have you ever thought of making search engine your friend? Do you think you have done enough to draw the attention of search engines to feed your post on certain keywords that relate to your post? If you answer is No, then you should have a rethink.

Making your content easy for search engines to crawl is very important, especially if you are that type that wishes to have a site visible to many search engine crawlers. I often hear lot of bloggers make complaints of search engines not crawling there article even after seven days of making any publication. This is quite painful. As a start up blogger, there is a need for you to learn how to adjust to the internet environment at every given scenario replicated in different times. Yes! you write interesting articles. But do you think those articles of yours could attract search engine crawlers to your site? This is a question; I think you got an answer to that.

Introduction To Google Site Map And Why You Should Submit Your Site Map

When i first got into blogging, the idea of submitting my site map to google and other search engines was like "Unnecessary" to me. I felt i never needed that. When Soki told me of the importance and aided me in submitting my site map to google, i saw the importance and continued to rely on different techniques to improve on my search engine visibility.

Google explains Site Maps as a way to tell them about pages on your site which might not otherwise be discovered by them. In its simplest terms, an XML Sitemap—usually called Sitemap, with a capital S—is a list of the pages on your website. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google's normal crawling process.

Submitting your site map helps if:
  • Your site has dynamic content.
  • Your site has pages that aren't easily discovered by Googlebot during the crawl process—for example, pages featuring rich AJAX or images.
  • Your site is new and has few links to it. (Googlebot crawls the web by following links from one page to another, so if your site isn't well linked, it may be hard for us to discover it.)
  • Your site has a large archive of content pages that are not well linked to each other, or are not linked at all.
So you see, site maps are very essential to every serious minded blogger. Blogging is all about having the visibility. If you can't be found on the web, then why are you there.

How To Submit Your Site Map To Google Via Webmaster

Without wasting much time, simply login to your google webmaster dashboard and click on the url of the site your wish to submit your site map to. The google webmaster dashboard is always linked to your gmail account, so there is no need of creating a new one if you already have a gmail account.

If you are new to webmaster, simply click on the add site  button to add your site url and after which continue.

>> Scroll down to the area you have the option Crawl, and click to drop down other menus. Select Site Maps and wait for it to load. If you have done that correctly, your should have a page displaying an option at the right hand footer to Submit Site Plan. Click on it and enter the default url for blogger. I have listed two below. The first is for blogger and the second is for those on the wordpress platform.

 For blogger, enter www.yoursitename.com/feeds/posts/default
For wordpress users , enter www.yoursitename.com/feed/

Take note of the letters in red. Those are the ones you need to copy. Replace "yoursitename" in the url with the name of your site. If you have done this correctly,  then you should be having a result similar to the result below:

Once that has been achieved, simply click on the submit site map button and you are done. You can as well test your URL for functionality via the use of the Test site map button.

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