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Apr 23, 2009

Google Site Map

Google's Webmaster tools is a good resource.  Hoping that every bit helps with being found on the web, I put a site map on my GalleryJuana.com website. The sitemap is not for visitors to see. It's only purpose is to make it easier for google to spider my site. To quote Google:

"In its simplest terms, a Sitemap 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."
My next project is to study their Webmaster Guidelines.


Google site Map Step by Step

First add your site to your Google Webmaster Tools account. Once you've added it, the next page will ask you to get your site verified by Google. To verify, you can either add a meta tag to your web page or upload an html file. If you don't have access to the server, then use the meta tag feature. I used the meta tag feature for my blog.

Once your site is verified, you should have the chance to add the site map. For my GalleryJuana.com website, I created a txt file . Basically, I typed out the urls for my site in notepad and saved it as a .txt file, then uploaded it to my server. Next, in the Google Webmaster tools' dashboard, I clicked on the Sitemaps section and added my sitemap url.

For my blog, it was much easier. In the Google Webmaster tools' dashboard, go to the Sitemaps section and add your RSS/Atom feed url. I entered the RSS feed url for my blog. The Atom/RSS feed url looks like this:
http://YourBlogName.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

So mine is http://GalleryJuana.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

You only need to add what is missing which I think is feeds/posts/default.

Now, you just have to wait for google to update and hopefully show there are no errors.

One last tweet is a Thanks to asthecrackerheadcrumbles for featuring my print.

7 comments:

readingsully2 said...

I would like to know more about the map site...is that something like google reader?

SleightGirl said...

That's so cool! Great tip!

emmarie Designs said...

Great tips! Thanks!

Hypnotransformations said...

Wow, not sure what I did but thank you! Is there a way to add an ETSY shop?

Chris Stone said...

you know, i'm actually taking computer classes. and its still hard for me to do that stuff. its like there is this flat spot in my brain where computer info goes!

i even have a website! its a mess!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Chris, you'll get the hang of it!

Kathleen said...

Thanks for the information, Juana - I am 'muddling' my way through all of this one detail at a time. Your post added more info to my pile and helped to explain it! Thanks =)

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