Knowledge is good only if it is shared. As a new blogger, I had learned to change the Web template, and found out the tips, tricks, hacks, and tweaks of altering the Blogger template, customizing CSS, widgets, layout, blog design, inserting JavaScripts, HTML codes, Google AdSense, and other settings the hard way, through many trials and errors. For the purposes of this guide, I had started with the old Blogger “Minima” template. As I made the changes or learned something new, I had documented them. Before changing any template, please remember to save a copy of the current template. After editing the template, preview it, and save it when you are satisfied with the change. Hope this guide will help those who are finding the way around, just like me.

Search Tips for New Bloggers

We have extended our month-long vacation by a couple of days. We shall be posting articles the moment we return. We noticed that Google had updated the Page Ranks. New bloggers who have been waiting anxiously for this can check their blogs' Page Ranks. We have the PR checker link in our SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization article.

The blog we created recently in Aug 2007, Blogger FAQ and Help, has also got its first Page Rank, a PR4. All our blogs are now ranked:-

Tips for New Bloggers - PR6
Business Fables and Management Lessons - PR4
Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes - PR4
Blogger FAQ and Help - PR4

Thanks to everyone for the support!

Sep 25, 2007

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Submit Blogger Sitemap to MSN and

We had explained how to submit Blogger sitemaps to Google and Yahoo!. When the sitemap industry standard was first announced in 2006, Microsoft's MSN was one of the three major search providers which supported the protocol. Submitting your Blog's sitemap to these search engines will enable them to index the pages and contents of the site. Needless to say, having all the pages indexed will essentially avail your contents to more internet users and improve your site's page rank.

Blogger Sitemap

If you own an external domain site, you can search the net for sitemap generators which help you create a sitemap file. Upload the file onto the root directory and call it sitemap.xml. The full URL of the sitemap will then be something like this:- “”

However, we cannot upload files onto the root directory of Blogger blogs. Hence, when asked to insert a Blogger blog sitemap, it will have to be either:-


Replace YOURBLOGNAME with the name of your blog. For Blogger blogs, do not add "www." to YOURBLOGNAME. As an example, our blog's sitemap will be

Submit Blog Sitemap to MSN

Unlike Google and Yahoo!, MSN does not have a set of procedures or an address where you can submit sitemaps to. In the latest post in their Microsoft Live Search Weblog, they had invited webmasters and developers to help build a New Webmaster Portal that would include sitemap creation, submission and ping tools, very much what Google and Yahoo! already had. Once MSN has that user interface, we shall update this article.

The MSN team had suggested that webmasters add this to their robots.txt file to have the MSN spiders crawl the sitemap file:-

User-agent: *

Again, we do not have root access to the Blogger server and this will not avail to us.

The alternative solution in the meantime is to submit the Blog sitemap to It seemed that there was a standing arrangement for Moreover to provide the submitted feeds to MSN for crawling and indexing.

Whether or not the arrangement still holds true, there is really no harm in submitting your sitemap to Moreover.

Copy and paste this line into your internet browser, replacing the portion in red with the name of your Blog:-

If you have submitted it correctly, you should see this message:-

Thank you for your ping. The moreover database will be updated with the new data from your url - as soon as possible.

Submit Blog Sitemap to, previously known as Ask Jeeves, is the next major internet search engine. The sites that it owns include Excite, Bloglines, MyWay and iWon. It is also a participant of the Sitemaps protocol program.

Submitting the sitemap to Ask is easy too. Copy and paste this line into your internet browser, replacing the portion in red with the name of your Blog:-

If you are successful, you should see this screen:-

Submit Blogger Sitemap to MSN and

Submit Sitemaps to other search engines

Progressively, there should be more search engines that will join this Sitemaps program. More likely than not, they will use the recommended ping submission format:-


If you are unable to find a submission link in that search engine site, try the above and keep your fingers crossed that it is the correct ping address.

Finally, submit your Blog to Blog Directories and Feed Directories to let more people know about your Blog. As well, submit your Blog to the various Search Engines for maximum exposure.

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Peter said...

Just submitted my blog to as per your instructions. Worked as you said it would. also have some great looking addons for your blog too but I have not tried them yet.

Thanking You
Peter McCartney

Roxi said...

Going to submit my blog to all major search engines.
I didn't know this before.
Ohh, I am still newbie.

Ladybrille said...

Unrelated although I intend to utilize your instructions as I find they work for me. But, when are you going to post about a READ MORE link. I have tried many out there and dissatisfied with explanation and the way they work when I use them. I want to keep my site as clean as possible and easy for my readers to navigate.
Thanks a million for all of your work. It is fantastic what you do!

Delson said...

excellent page, did in 10 minutes wat i was trying for days together.

Jesieblogjourney said...

Thanks for the comprehensive guide for submission to different search engines.

My question is:
Since blogger, blogspot platform is from google, if I add my site to yahoo and msn search engines, will that affect my pr ranking by google in any way?


bizwhiz said...

Hi Jesieblogjourney

No, it has no adverse effect. If any, it should improve your PR since more people will chance by your site.

Jess. said...

damn, thanks so much for your site. without it i would still be going around in circles and fruitlessly troubleshooting.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to put the sitemap on my site for a few month now. This info is going to help me figure it out. Thank you very much.

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Big E said...

Thanks a lot for the help

UpHope said...

Thanks for your sharing.

UpHope said...

I have translated this article into Chinese, and added my blog
to them.
Thank you very much

Teehee said...

I'd been wondering why my blog never appeared on google until I found your article. This is really useful. Now I 'm on google. If you have time, please comment on my blog layout. It's being experimented.

Hendrawan said...

Thanks friend, I got difficulty in submitting my rss to MSN.. Thanks..

techniqueal techie said...

very informative! easy to follow too! thanks! had my blog submitted to ask and moreover. =)

sc_finder said...


We can submit the URL to MSN using this webmaster link:

I have done the same just now but don't know how much it has the affect.


Fun things to do when bored said...

i just finish submitted my blog to ask and msn. thanks for the great tips. before this i only know how to submit my blog to google.

once again, thx. this is really great blog. i just subscribe to yours

eeeian1 said...

thanks i just submited my blog to ASK

eeeian1 said...

how can i check my sitemap status in ask lile i do in google webmasters