Whether you are using the full version of WordPress or WordPressMU on wordpress.com or one of the other WordPressMU -driven sites, you may want to take advantage of the new Google Blogsearch by submitting your site to Google’s Sitemap Submission.
You should also know that you don’t have to do these sitemap submissions. Google and other search engines find WordPress blogs without much help. This site was listed with Google within 12 hours – which was astounding to me. But if you are determined to get maximium coverage, this information will help.
WordPressMU and wordpress.com Users Instructions for Google Sitemap Submission
When Google Sitemap Submission began, the following was the technique that worked for WordPress.com blogs. Google has changed the submission technique and currently, the following no longer works. WordPress.com blogs automatically ping Google every time you post to your blog, so submitting a WordPress.com blog to Google is redundant. Google will find you within a few minutes, typically. So the following is redundant and unnecessary.
I’ve left the instructions just in case they change their system back to include this method.
If you are using WordPressMU and wordpress.com, or another WordPressMU-driven site, the work is basically done for you. You can submit your entire site, your site’s comments, or your site’s specific categories to the Google Sitemap Submission service.
Simply copy the feed links from your site. They are found within the sidebar or footer.
The feed link for your entire site looks like this:
The feed link for a specific category on your site looks like this, but replace
blog-babble with the permalink URL for your specific category:
The feed link for comments on your site, if you wish to submit those, too, looks like:
If you are having trouble with Google recognizing your category feed, try the non-permalink link to your category feed, using the ID number for your category found on the Manage > Categories panel:
Login to Google’s Sitemap Submission and click Add Site and then enter in each of the above links in the URL Sitemap form box. If there is something wrong with the link or it is not found, the form will tell you immediately so you can fix the problem. Once submitted, your site will be pending until the information has been gathered. You can revisit the Google Sitemap Submission Account page to check the status of when your site was last checked by Google.
Full WordPress Users Instructions for Google Sitemap Submission
Users of the full version of WordPress can do the same techniques as above, or use one of the many resources found on the WordPress Codex for manual creation of Google sitemaps for submission to Google Sitemaps and Google Blog Search. There are plugins which will create a Google Sitemap for you automatically, and instructions on creating your own. Whichever way you choose, make sure you update these sitemaps after any major changes to your site.
If you are using permalinks, then the permalink examples above describe how to add your categories to Google’s Sitemap Submission. If you are not using permalinks, be sure and use the last example for your feed submission.
For more information on submitting your WordPress site to Google Sitemap Submission for inclusion in the Google Blog Search and Google site search:
- WordPress Codex – How to Submit Your WordPress Site to Search Engines, Google Sitemaps and Google Blog Search
- WordPress Feeds
- Customizing WordPress Feeds
- WordPress Plugins for Syndication and Site Submission
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