Update: Although the following method works for me, it gives me some errors occasionally. Now I submit sitemap.xml to Google Webmaster Tools account. Since then I’ve never got errors and 100% URLs have been indexed so far. Maybe this is the best way to go.
Adding your blog/website’s feed to Google Webmaster Tools account is one way people believe will help Googlebot crawling your blog/website efficiently. If you own a WordPress.com blog like me and want to add a feed to Google Webmaster Tools account, then you may find the following steps useful:
- Find out your feed’s URL from Feed Validator here, where URL means a World Wide Web address.
- Your feed’s URL should look like this http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/feed or http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/?feed=atom, where yoursitename should be replaced with your own domain name. I submitted both and both of them work fine for me.
- Go to Google Wesmaster Tools account. If you do not have one, you can sign up a Free one here.
- Click on the button Add a site… to add your blog URL first if it is your first time you login to your Google Webmaster Tools account.
- Under Sitemap click on Add
- A new screen will show up. Click on Add a Sitemap
- Choose type… Add General Web Sitemap
- Enter feed or ?feed=atom in #3. If you want to add both, make sure you add one at a time.
- Click on the button Add General Web Sitemap to submit it.
Now you have to wait for Google to update your status. If no error shows up, then congratulations! You have successfully added your blog’s feed to Google Webmaster Tools account. Check it out regularly to make sure everything is OK.
Would you like to add Google sitemap to a WordPress.com blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.