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More Info on Using Google Sitemap with WordPress.com Blogs

Posted in Technology, WordPress.com Tips by engtech on July 21, 2006

Google Sitemaps has been updated to offer site statistics if you’ve verified your blog. The verification method requires either uploading and html file to the website root directory or placing a specific meta tag in your HTML HEAD element to prove that you are the owner of the website. Both of those methods of site validation are not possible for users of WordPress.com because you do not have the ability to edit the HTML template.

I was asking Lorelle of Lorelle On WordPress to see if she had any suggestions for a workaround and this is what she had to say on the subject matter:

Honestly, if you have a WordPress.com blog, then skip submitting your sitemap. WordPress.com’s pinging service gets you totally into Google. Focus on creating intrasite links between your posts, use Most Recent Posts in your sidebar, and choose a Theme with good intrasite links well-featured, and you don’t have to bother with this. Google finds you and crawls WordPress blogs REALLY well. Submitting a Google site map would be redundant, and could penalize you.

Be sure and create a body of work, about two to three months of consistent blogging before you do a search on Google to find out how many posts it has found. Usually they are found by Google within hours, but you make it into the page ranking through time and volume.

As for verification, I didn’t have to go through that when I wrote this article and submitted my blogs. This may be a new feature. All you should need is to follow the instructions above.

As for meta tags, some WordPress Themes include meta tags in their Theme’s header. Check your source code to find out if they do. If they didn’t, understand that few search engines even pay attention to meta tags any more, so they aren’t the SEO feature they used to be. Too many people abused them.

Pings are the way to go and you can get much more mileage to know who WordPress.com pings and how to ping other search engines and directories.

>> Lorelle on WordPress » Submitting Your Sitemap and Feeds to Google Blog Search and Site Submission

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  1. Michael Sync said, on March 07, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Could you please tell me about how to add “MyBlogLog” sidebar in wordpress?? I’m also a blogger from wp.com..

  2. Michael Sync said, on March 08, 2007 at 6:18 am

    thanks a lot. engtech.

  3. goldcoaster said, on March 16, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for this info.


  4. dexno said, on April 22, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for the great info.. i already implement at ngadutrafik 2007

  5. engtech said, on April 22, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    @dexno: You SEO types sure are dumb.

  6. judge0 said, on May 23, 2007 at 3:10 am

    deep thx for this good info

  7. justin case said, on June 02, 2007 at 9:08 am

    btw http://lud.icro.us/wordpress-plugin-head-meta/


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  10. Alex said, on March 27, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Phew, saved me some work there, thanks!

  11. billbennettnz said, on August 17, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Lorelle says: “choose a Theme with good intrasite links well-featured”.

    And “As for meta tags, some WordPress Themes include meta tags in their Theme’s header.”

    Can you give examples? I’m not entirely sure what to look for here.

  12. Busby SEO said, on August 24, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Lol.. Glad to find this article coz i am looking everywhere and no result.. altought this is old tips but very usefull for me.. thank you for the tips..

  13. අකිල said, on July 06, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for the tip that worked, Im glad to find this

  14. Part of The System said, on September 04, 2010 at 7:42 pm


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