Video Sitemap Support At Google Sitemaps

Video Sitemap Support At Google Sitemaps

In an effort to help users search all the world's public videos, the Google Video team announced support for Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more discoverable via Google Video Search.

"By submitting this video-specific Sitemap in addition to your standard Sitemap, you can specify all the video files on your site, along with relevant metadata." - said Google

Example Video Sitemap:

<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
     xmlns:video="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-video/1.0">
<url>
<loc>http://www.example.com/videos/some_video_landing_page.html</loc>
<video:video>
   <video:content_loc>http://www.example.com/video123.flv</video:content_loc>
   <video:player_loc allow_embed="yes">http://www.example.com/videoplayer.swf?video=123</video:player_loc>
   <video:title>My funny video</video:title>
   <video:thumbnail_loc>http://www.example.com/thumbs/123.jpg</video:thumbnail_loc>
</video:video>
</url>

<url>
<loc>http://www.example.com/videos/some_other_video_landing_page.html</loc>
<video:video>
   <video:content_loc>http://www.example.com/videos/video1.mpg</video:content_loc>
   <video:description>A really awesome video</video:description>
</video:video>
</url>
</urlset>

Instructions for video sitemaps can be found at Google Webmaster Tools

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What do you think? ▼
  • rj

    can you put a youtube video URL into the video sitemap? I tried to search on the web with no luck. We have videos in a youtube channel and wanted to put them into the video sitemap.

    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      unfortunately, you cant as youtube doesn't work with it. There is a way to
      do it but it is complicated and requires programing. Im trying to figure
      out other ways to do it but havent ha

  • rjtaylor

    does the typical sitemap.xml conflict with the video sitemap?
    do you use a different name, like video-sitemap.xml ??
    I am desperate

    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      It does not conflict and you can name it anything that you want...

  • http://www.zco.com/ Custom Software Development

    Though Video optimization also we can drive the traffic nicely and best one to use is Youtube.