Google Sitemaps are now online

Per a request over in the support forums, I’ve gone ahead and added in support for Google Sitemaps for the blogs over at daria.be.
Google Sitemaps allows you to compare the the pages within your blog with what Google’s spiders are seeing, see if you have any problems with the spiders accessing any portion of your site and see what keywords are being noticed by Google.
To signup for this feature, you need an account with Google. If you have a GMail account, that will work fine as well.
To create your very own Google Sitemap, all you need to do is log into your daria.be account and visit Dashboard -> Options -> Sitemap. There you will see a button labeled “Rebuild Sitemap.” Give it a click and in a few seconds, a freshly made sitemap will be generated for you. Make note of the sitemap’s URL as you’ll have to give it to Google for it to find it. It should look something like http://myblog.daria.be/sitemap.xml
One final thing about all this. You’ll have to verify with Google that you do indeed own the site in question before you can look at any of the stats about the site in question. Once you sign in with Google and give them the URL of your Sitemap, you should see a link to “Verify Your Site.” It’s real easy to do. Just click on the link. Google will then ask you which one of two different methods you want to use to verify your site. You’ll want to pick the “File Upload” one, not the “Meta Tag” one. Google will then make a big deal about uploading a file and giving it a specific filename. Just ignore it and click on the Verify link again. We did a little trick on this end where, no matter what filename Google wants, it’s going to get it. 🙂
Give it a try and let us know what you think in our support forums.
Thanks again for visiting,
-drmike

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