Blogger SEO: How To Do?

Blogger SEO and auditing the correctness while developing the blog is the key to "right optimization". I am sharing, what you can do at your blog.

Blogger basic settings

Blogger basic settings

Blogger basic settings

Title and description are must and change privacy to "visible to search engines" after developing the blog.

Blogger post settings

Blogger's post settings

Blogger's Post Settings
  1. Set Descriptive Label.

  2. Set a schedule for posting a post.

  3. Your automatic and custom URL for the post.

  4. Set location if your post is location-specific.

  5. A search description is a meta description for the post.

  6. Leave as it is until you need to "Interpret typed HTML" option.

  7. Save it as default but you can modify if you need it. Read robots.txt directives for their meaning.

Blogger search preferences settings

Blogger search preferences settings

Blogger search preferences settings

For custom redirects, you are advised to use if you don't want to break the deleted post for other websites that are giving you a backlink.


Custom robots.txt and custom robots header tags have a bad effect if used in the wrong way. So be aware when you are using it. You can leave as default.

Blogger URL setting

Descriptive URL
Use a descriptive URL to perform accurate SEO with a crawler web page analyzer.  

Note: Never try a long URL that has no meaning in the form of sense.

We have Blogger URL settings, where Blogger has the option to create a capital URL and a Small URL in blogger Post. But for page URL you can not choose capital because there is no option to customize the URL.

Note: Blogger sees different capital and small URLs. I tested it on Blogger.

Small vs capital URLs

Small vs capital URLs. 404 error will come if you typed a small URL as capital.

Choose one type of URL otherwise, you need redirection under custom redirect. 

In the case of if you have previously different URLs then redirect to a new one. Moreover, the URLs are case sensitive.

I am using Capital URL for Post.

Blogger URL setting for the post

Blogger URL setting for the post

I am sharing the Page setting in blogger.

Blogger URL setting on Blogger page


Blogger URL setting on the Blogger page

It all depends upon your choice of how you want to use the post URL on Blogger. All websites are using the small URL but I chose the Capital URL. 

If there was any limitation on Capital URL then Blogger will not allow you to capitalization on the Custom URL. But a small URL is good for other reasons. For example, user type URL in small letters by default. If you have capital then the user can not see the web page.

URL Validation in Search console

URL validation in search console

Moreover, if you changed your URL later after publishing post then you will face problems in search console. 

Example of my account I changed my mind after publishing a post about URLs. That creates a problem for a site to late index.

See webmaster coverage issue

Sitemap filter for URLs

Sitemap filter for URLs

Watch the data difference for all vs sitemap.

Blogger comments - how to set?

Comments are the way to interact with the user and to know what he needs. Blogger comments need to be hidden or enabled. I chose to hide. Because I am getting spam comments. I try to approve accurately but when I published the content. I saw a link within the text that is targeting to promote a non trusted site. After that, I removed the comment. 

I saw this activity multiple times. So comments are permanently hidden from my blog. If you think the same you can do the same I did. But if you want to add comments then enable the captcha for comment that means the word verification will be done before comment post.

My Settings

Blogger comments setting

In the above image, My comment location is hidden under the Blogger comments setting. 

If you want to show comments you can choose the following settings.

Comment location - Embedded

Who can comment - Users with Google account can comment. 

Comment moderation - Always

Reader comment captcha should be enabled.

What I am doing to see comments

I have a Facebook group where you can comment. I will post a reply to the Group. Only trusted users will participate in the group. If Spammy people will come, I will remove them. I will post good comments on the Facebook Page.

You need to ask the question with a post link if your question is from the blog's post. 

What Matt Cutts says about it


How to use redirect on Blogger?

Never try to redirect feature on Blogger. Instead of it try to keep your post on blog and change URL where you think it is not accurate and get a new keyword for the URL. In this way also you will create 404 pages. Why I am saying this because creating multiple redirects is hard. Moreover, never delete posts. Multiple deleted posts need to remove from Google if posts are in the index. 

Deleted posts become 404 and webmaster takes time to clear your development mistakes. Therefore your ranking comes top to down or your site never comes in search until the webmaster clear the error.

It is better to cover 404 pages but never makes too much 404 pages otherwise you will be fed up by doing redirects the posts. Moreover, 404 pages are normal in the Google search console.

Note: In some other posts I have told you to do the redirect but I gave the reason. But the above solution is best for the Blogger platform.

Custom robots header tags setting in Blogger

Leave custom robots header tags to the disabled. Default settings are ok. Don't make any changes to it. Google will automatically run or accept your blog in a search engine when it will be fully developed and ready for your readers. 

In the search engine and on YouTube some bloggers said to use noodp for "Home Page Tags" and "Post and Page Tags" and noindex, noodp for "Archive and Search Page Tags".

But I don't have any strong reason to do it. So I leave it to default for my blog. I confirmed from the Google product expert about it. He gave an answer that I am telling.

Google Quote - How Google gets the title?
we may try to generate an improved title from anchors, on-page text, or other sources. However, sometimes even pages with well-formulated, concise, descriptive titles will end up with different titles in our search results to better indicate their relevance to the query. There’s a simple reason for this: the title tag as specified by a webmaster is limited to being static, fixed regardless of the query.
Read the full article from the webmaster's answer.

Tags description

all: Apply to all web pages

noindex: Use if you want not to index the web page.

nofollow: If you want not to follow your web page on the internet via other or your own blog.

none: Use if you want to use noindex and nofollow both.

noarchive: Use if you want not to archive your web pages in the search engine.

nosnippet: Use if you want not to show your article snippet.

noodp: Use if you want to block open directory description for your blog.

notranslate: Use if you want not to translate your post.

noimageindex: Use if you want to stop indexing your images.

unavailable after: Tell the time when your web page will not available for users, so that crawler can exclude the URL.

Custom robots.txt setting in Blogger

Leave custom robots.txt to disabled. Don't make changes to the default file of robots.txt. You don't need to do anything with it on blogger because you are just doing blogging. Moreover, Blogger is only for blogging.

My robots.txt
User-agent: Mediapartners-Google
Disallow: 

User-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Allow: /

Sitemap: https://www.mssalotra.com/sitemap.xml
1. User-agent: Mediapartners-Google is used for robots and astrick sign means all bots. It is usually used for search engines.

Mediapartners Google is AdSense bot that visits the AdSense enabled blog and see if any page is blocked.

In my file it is Disallow: That means to allow all pages but you might be thinking it is disallowed but it doesn't have slash that's why it is allowing all pages for Adsense

2. User-agent: * is used for all search engines. Disallow: /search is used to block the content search on Blogger but Googlebot or any other crawler can understand the web page.

Whereas Allow: / is used to allow all web pages.

You can also link your sitemap in this file.

 Note: Don't allow search on Blogspot it is by default disallow. Otherwise, your labels will come in the search index without description.

Blogger has a setting to edit the robots.txt file. But you don't need to edit. You have to post only good content as a blogger.

Custom robots.txt file settings

Custom robots.txt file setting in Blogger. My setting is off. I am using the default file. 

Robots.txt can read maximum 500KB data in size. 

If you want a web page to not indexed in the search engine then you can use the following code in the head section of your web page.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex" />

or if you want to follow the URL then use following in the head section of your web page

<meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow" />

Note: Googlebot and Googlebot-news both are separate from bots. Keep in mind when you are editing your news site.

AMP setting in Blogger

AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) used for mobile versions. Google news carousel is only done by AMP. In the market, most of the market leaders trust on it. Have you seen Google's top results with an AMP icon?  That is the beauty of this. 

Now the question is how you can do on your blog. 

On blogger, you can not do this. 


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