A sitemap is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.
They say that if your blog is hosted in Blogger (or domains that have blogspot.com in them), its sitemap is automatically crawled for you. But for those who know the inner workings of sitemaps, they know that the default sitemap only contains the 26 most recent posts of your blog.
Not a good sign right? Typically, I would want all my posts to be indexed by Google. And there is a solution to this, but you would have to manually do it. This post assumes you know your way around to using Google Webmasters.
Go to this link: http://digitalinspiration.com/tools/blogger/sitemap/ to generate your sitemap. Just enter your blog URL and press the button to generate. You will get 3 results:
- URL of the sitemap to be added manually in your Google Webmasters account’s blog.
- link to automatically have your blog be crawled by Bing
- link to automatically have your blog be crawed by Yahoo!.
The last 2 only needs you to click on the link in order for your blog to be added to the crawler’s queue. If you feel that your blog has grown and the number of posts have multiplied, you can go to this “sitemap generator URL” again and generate a fresh batch of sitemap URLs.