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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Submit Your Blogspot Blog to Yahoo

Yahoo Site Explorer Add My Site page
One of the most important ways to attract traffic to your site is to ensure that your Blogger (Blogspot) blog is properly indexed by popular search engines such as Yahoo. If you want to increase your chances of having your site quickly indexed by the Yahoo search engine it pays to submit your site and your feed. In this tutorial we will be covering the process of signing up with Yahoo, authenticating your site and adding your site feed to Yahoo Site Explorer.

Yahoo can be notoriously slow at indexing and will not necessarily include all crawled pages in its search results. For guaranteed inclusion you can opt for a paid service but if you follow the steps below you have a good chance of having your Blogger blog properly indexed relatively quickly and without any cost.

1. Sign up for a free Yahoo Account if you don't already have one.

2. Sign in to Yahoo Site Explorer where you will be taken to the MySites page.

3. Submit your Blogger website by entering the URL of your blog and then clicking on the Add My Site button.

Yahoo Site Explorer Add My Site
4. You will now see your website address included in the site list. The 3 columns to the right contain information about feeds, actions, and status. You will notice that the status of your site will be set to new (represented by a yellow circle). Click on the link to your site or click the Explore button.

5. You will be taken to the results page and should get a message like the one pictured below.

Yahoo site Explorer Results Page
6. From the menu on the left click on the Authentication

7. You will be presented with 2 authentication options. Choose Add a META Tag from the dropdown menu then copy the code provided using Ctrl + C.

8. In a new window of your browser login to your Blogger blog. Keep the window of Site Explorer open as we will be returning.

9. Navigate to Layout > Edit HTML in your Blogger (Blogspot) blog

10. When you arrive at the Template page it is a good idea to make a backup of your site's template as a precaution. Go ahead and download it your computer by clicking on the Download Template link. Remember if you inadvertently overwrite some code you may not be able to restore your template so it is worth taking an extra few moments to do this step.

11. Once you have backed up your site locate the Head tag. It will be only a few lines of code down from the top. Now insert the copied code from Yahoo in the position suggested as shown in the picture below using the Ctrl + V command.

Blogger Template Head Tag
12. Once you have pasted the code into the template there is still one further action needed. You will need to add a trailing slash at the end of the new line of code to avoid getting a parse error. Once you have added the trailing slash and are certain you have placed the code in the correct position go ahead and click on the Save Template button.

add yahoo meta tag to blogger template
13. Return to Yahoo Site Explorer and follow the mysite link. You will see that the status of your site has been verified and is represented by a green checkmark.

14. From the lefthand menu select Feeds. You will be taken to the feeds page where you can go ahead and add a feed for your blog by entering the URL of the feed. Notice in the example below I have set an extra parameter to handle redirection of the feed by services such as Feedburner.

Add a Feed to Yahoo
15. Once the feed has been accepted it takes around 24 hours before it is active. After this time and provided there are no errors Yahoo displays "processed" followed by a green tick as can be seen in the picture below.

Yahoo Feed Confirmation
You have now completed the steps involved in having your Blogger (Blogspot) blog crawled and indexed by Yahoo. All that is left to do is to check back periodically to see if Yahoo has indexed your pages. This process can take time so don't expect overnight results. However once Yahoo recognises your feed your pages will be regularly crawled and any updates in content indexed. The process of adding a feed and verifying your site will have gone a long way towards ensuring your site is included in Yahoo search engine results.

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In this tutorial you have learned how to submit your Blogger (Blogspot) blog to Yahoo Site Explorer by authenicating your site and adding a feed which Yahoo can use as a sitemap to improve its indexing of your pages.

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Signupandmakemoney said...

Thanks for the post. This was very helpful.

The Whizz said...

You're welcome. Glad to hear that this tutorial about adding your blog to Yahoo helped. Enjoy!

Jibu Joseph said...

Thanks for the post . I searched a lot until i came here. This is a great blog

The Whizz said...

Jibu Joseph. Great to hear you are enjoying my blog. I hope you will keep following. Thanks for your interest

Unknown said...

Thanks. I was trying to submit my feed to Yahoo since 1 month but was not successful. Now I've submitted my feed by your method and waiting for verification.

The Whizz said...

Wow glad to have helped with Yahoo Mohammad. Sometimes its hard to find the kind of info you need. Hope you will pop back when next you want help with something else

Raj Vitthalpura said...

when i paste code there blogger answered me ..

Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
XML error message: The element type "META" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

now what i do..???

The Whizz said...
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The Whizz said...

Raj the error message is because the code needs a trailing end slash. Make sure your meta code from Yahoo ends like this: y_key' />

Tom said...

excellent info. does adding "?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=100" after atom.xml work the same with yahoo as it does with google in getting more posts indexed? I've submitted a feed that way, so I guess I'll find out for myself shortly...

The Whizz said...

Hello Tom. Yahoo have recently revamped their Site Explorer site and it is much easier to use now.

I seem to recall that I did submit sitemaps for the first 100 results to Yahoo but I have just checked my sitemaps and they all seem to have been shortened to

I would be interested to know how you get on.

Omry Davish said...

Excellent post
thank you

The Whizz said...

Thanks Tech Priest. Great to have you following :)

Themes Gallery said...

I tried to put the code inside my templates, but it wont work, any idea why? It say...

Failed to authenticate your site ownership due to the following reasons:

We were unable to fetch the verification file (y_key_641d1868b4df040b.html) from your site.

not found (http 404)

The Whizz said...

Themes Gallery. You need to authenticate using a meta tag not a file. Files are for those web masters who have access to a server. Also make sure you remember to add the forward slash at the end of the line of code supplied by Yahoo.

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Thanks for sharing insightful information, I like and appreciate it.

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http://trendzinfo.blogspot said...

Thanks a lot for the great tip with very well explanation.I submitted my both blogs.

ojo otaru said...

I found all your posts very informative and an i eye opener too,I will make sure I put to work all you have mentioned.I will get back to you to let you know how far results.

hari babu said...

very good information on your blog , thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Sikander Hayat Khan said...

Thanks for all the info. My feeds were authenticated nearly more than 2 weeks ago, still my blog isn't indexed by Yahoo yet. Do you have any idea how long it can take?

The Whizz said...

Sikander Hayat Khan. Unfortunately Yahoo can take ages. No telling. If you get desperate enough there is a paid option. Thanks for your query.

Rem said...

Very interesting..

Anonymous said...

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sonu kharb said...

thanks brother........

John said...

Thanks for the detailed post...

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