Getting your Blogger blog listed in search results

August 12, 2007

3 months after her birth and simultaneous notification to the Google Crawler for indexing, was still not showing up in Google’s results (or other search engines for that matter). I was shocked it was taking this long, and had resubmitted multiple times.

In desperation today, I thought it might be related to the Javascript trick I’m using to show the Flash Movie Header as a link that doesn’t require activation to use. Looking at the source code, I noticed this fatal tag on every page of the site:

<meta name="ROBOTS" content="NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW"/>

being added automatically by the Blogger template tag:


I was confused, since my e-gineer blog, also powered by Blogger, doesn’t add this when using the BlogMetaData template tag.

To fix this check the following Blogger setting:

  1. Login to Blogger.
  2. Go to Settings, then Basic tabs.
  3. Ensure that Add your blog to our listings? is marked as Yes.

If your blog is suspected as spam by Blogger, and they force you to enter a captcha code everytime you post, you can submit your blog for review by Blogger staff which should fix the problem.

If all else fails, simply copy all the code you need that is produced by the <$BlogMetaData$> tag and paste it into your template in place of the tag itself.