Wednesday 3 June 2009

Submit a Blogger Sitemap to Windows Live

I find that the search results for Google, Yahoo and Windows Live search are very different. Google is by far the most important taking about 60% of all search traffic but it is sensible obviously to maximize the possibilities of being found by Yahoo and Bing, Windows Live search engine. One way to do this with Bing is to submit a sitemap. Here is how you submit a Blogger sitemap to Windows Live:

  1. Navigate to the Bing (beta) Webmaster Center . Sign in.
  2. {You will need a Windows Live account to sign in to use the tools. As MSN are improving their performance lately I think it a good idea to get involved. There are some good things coming out of Microsoft these days. When you create a new account you will be asked to confirm your email}
  3. You are taken to a page where you enter the URL of your Blogger site and if you have a sitemap on your blog (unlikely) you can also enter the URL of that. A sitemap is a webpage that contains the ideally all the pages on your blog plus links to those pages.
  4. You add your email address too in the box below.
  5. Then go to the next page where you have a choice to verify that you are the webmaster. The second choice is the one to chose. Copy the code shown (paint it in and press Ctrl C) and place it in the head section of your blog. You can do that by following these steps:


  1. Navigate to the Edit Html tab of your blog by going to Dashboard>Layout>Edit Html.
  2. Bring up the search box by typing Ctrl F.
  3. Enter this code in the search box: <head>
  4. Just below the tag <head> paste the code that you copied from the Bing Webmaster page (at 5 above).
  5. Save the template. You will see no change.

That is it. I do not know if it will change things for you or me but it probably will over time. We need to do all these things to maximise the chances of being seen. It will take time to see changes, however. On my Pictures of Cats org website (which is a SiteSell site) all the major search engines are pinged automatically by SiteSell.

In my opinion you don’t need to ping Google as a Blogger site is one of theirs and it will be found in due course.

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