Creating Sitemap for Google Sites

Creating Sitemap for Google Sites

So you’ve got a Google Sites website and you want to submit a sitemap to your Google (and other site engines) but how do you do it? Sure, with static sites you can go ahead and use a 3rd party system that will crawl the site and create an xml file for you but if you do that, how do place that file into your Google Sites site?

Well, you could upload it to a file cabinet page but Google comes to the rescue, as you can imagine, in that there is an automated sitemap that stays sync’ed with your website that you can submit to tools but it can kind of confusing to find it.

The URL structure for this is as follows:

  • For sites underneath Google Apps that do NOT have a domain name mapped to them, it would take the format:
         http://sites.google.com/a/(your domain)/(site name)/system/feeds/sitemap
  • For sites underneath traditional Google Sites it would take the following format:
         http://sites.google.com/site/(site name)/system/feeds/sitemap
  • If you have mapped a domain name to your site, it is even easier. For a site like http://www.insurancenewportbeach.net/ the full URL to the sitemap would use the following format:
         http://www.insurancenewportbeach.net/system/feeds/sitemap

Of course, Google Webmaster Tools make this even easier because if you’ve set up the domain properly in Tools, all you will need to know when you submit the sitemap is

system/feeds/sitemap
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That’s all there is to it! Have you used this technique before or find it useful in your everyday life? If so, please drop us a note in the comments section below…

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Michael Gibbs

I'm a technologist at heart, assisting companies best utilize the Internet to market themselves and sell their products and services online. This includes organizations as large as Google and as small as one or two individuals.
At Over The Top and Exhibit A Communications, I've programmed solutions for Google as well as at least one other company that was later acquired by Google.

I've been CTO of an Internet SaaS company and spent my time pretty evenly between guiding the future technical strategy of the company, architecting software solutions for my dev teams, designing and running a data center to service our clients world-wide as well as being a technical evangalist/sales engineer to our media clients large and small.

I've also been Chief Photographer of the Daily Sun/Post newspaper back when it was a 5-day a week daily newspaper.

I also spent a great many years as a beach lifeguardfor the City of San Clemente as well as Jr. Lifeguard instructor and then as it's program coordinator.
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