You get better coverage by the spider, than by simply submitting your blog to the Google search engine. You'll also get detailed statistics about how Google sends traffic your way, and how the Google spider sees your blog.
Sitemap creation is generally the first thing done after adding a blog to Google Webmaster Tools.
Unless other wise noted, everything below will be conducted from Google Webmaster Tools.
- If you don't have a Google account yet, you'll need one. GMail is free, and Google Groups is a vital resource for problem research. Anytime there is a problem with your blog, you should be posting into Blogger Help Forum.
- First, and most importantly, verify site ownership by adding a meta record to the template.
- From the GWT dashboard, select the menu option Crawl, then Sitemaps. Then hit the button "Add/Test Sitemap".
- In a separate window, go to the Blogger dashboard, and to "Settings - Other" for your blog. Ensure that your site feed is enabled.
- Return to GWT and Sitemaps. In the box for "Submit Sitemap", type "atom.xml" (or "atom.xml?redirect=false", if you're using a redirected custom (external) feed for public access, and need redirection override), and hit "Submit Sitemap".
- This will update the GWT Sitemaps list, with the advice
You have added the URL of your sitemap.In the list My Sitemaps you should now see the added sitemap URL.
You are now done with the initial add process.
If you ever rename the blog sometime in the future, be sure to create a new Webmaster Tools entry, with a new sitemap.
When you update your blog, if you don't update regularly, use the form below. If you update regularly, it's likely that the Google bots already have your blog in a schedule, and the form will be redundant.
Enter the blog feed URL (obtained in step 4, above), and hit Ping Google Sitemaps.
A sitemap may not be needed, for all Blogger blogs - but even if not needed, it produces no problems, when added.