Imagine you could know every thing that Google knows about you and your blog. Okay so you can’t. But you can know alot and over this past year Google’s packaged more and more of that information in usable chunks.
New Years Resolution 1 Check Out the Depth and Breadth of Google Site Maps
If you’ve not yet checked out Google Site Maps make an appointment with yourself to spend an hour doing so. This image of my site’s overview page will show what you can without downloading anything. I’ve linked it to the Google Site Maps login page so that you can dig right in.
Once you’re there Google asks you to make a verification file and to place it on your server at the root location of your site.
This leads me to Resolution 2, which applies only to the more experienced of our community.
Resolution 2: Be a Hero. Teach someone with a subdomain. If you know how to do this for a subdomain–such as Blogger–that has
- no access to the server
- no separate file for anything, but a flat open template instead,
would you take a subdomain blogger like me or another under your wing and show us how we might get our hands on the information that you can only get after verification?
You might think that since Google owns Blogger, they would offer some sign, some light, signal as to how to do this. But alas and alack, as in many major corporations, such communication is vapor on the wind. We must scratch and scrape. We are left bereft to find our way through the dark relying on the kindness of friends.
Translation: I’m dying to know what else I might find behind that curtain. Especially since the tabs the curtain covers are called stats and errors.
So there’s the quest. Is there a modern-day Lancelot or Guinevere would take up this gauntlet? Is there someone who tell me what Google should have told me? . . . Please.
–Me “Liz” Strauss