Monday, October 22, 2012

Get All Pages Indexed by Google Instead of Only 26 Pages in Blogger

If you frequently like submitting your sitemap to Google, you may have noticed  every time you submit  it, only 26 pages are submitted and indexed. This means that Googlebot only crawls and index the last 26 pages and all other pages you had previously written are not indexed. This is can lead to an overall reduction in the site traffic which is not good for any blog.

To make sure you submit all pages to Google, you will need to specify how many pages you are submitting and where you want the crawlers to start and end rather than leaving it open;

How to Submit all Your Pages to Google Webmaster
First, you need to know how many posts you have in total. You can simply know this by going to your Dashboard - Posts -Published (on the left side). Take note of all the total number of published posts.
Login to Google Webmaster - Dashboard. On the left sidebar, click on word Optimization - Sitemap.  You will be able to find the total number of pages that have been submitted and  indexed or pending. For example; for this blog, the total number of pages submitted is 204 pages and those indexed is 202.
On the right corner on the same page, click on ADD/TEST SITEMAP. On the empty field below the URL of your blog, copy and past the following; atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=300.  The first number specify the page number  where the crawlers should start and the last number is the maximum number of pages to be crawled.
Incase you have more than 300 pages, you will need to submit the sitemap twice or even more times depending on your pages. To submit a second sitemap, change the first number. 
For example, for a blog with 600 pages, you should submit the following  two sitemaps;

atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=300  and  atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=301&max-results=300. If you have more than 600 posts, submit a third sitemap. If you have 1000 posts, it is would be much easier to submit two sitemaps, with each having 500 posts (change the second sitemap first number to start from 501- 501&max-results=500).
To test whether you sitemap is working properly, click on Test Sitemap. View Test Results. If there is no error, go back and Submit your Sitemap. Refresh the page to view the results.  You will be able to see how many pages you have submitted/pending. It willl take around 1-3 days to get your pages indexed by Google.


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