Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by bigfred, Oct 19, 2010.
I have a wordpress site, was wondering is it worth while creating video and image sitemaps?
images sitemaps, is this a new thing?
Now you've got me thinking. Just searched the G-monster and it appears they do have special image sitemaps. Found one plugin so far called G***** XML Sitemap for Images but haven't loaded it up yet. Little concerned because one commenter said it broke their site and there's no support. I have some sites that are very heavy on images that this could be useful on. Might have to get my own plugin developed.
Been doing some more reading on the G site and you can add geo-locating to your images (and videos). Can also create a special "Geo" sitemap. This could be helpful in targeting local searches.
Funny, I had an article from Web Marketing Today that I was saving covering the very same topic:
Do you want to be included in image search or universal search that features images? One of the best ways to do so is to include an image sitemap. Image sitemaps can also include the geographical location of the image, which can help it get indexed on Google earth or on Google maps. While there are many free generators available online, you can combine the three sitemaps above into one main sitemap using a low cost tool such as XML-Sitemaps.com Unlimited Sitemap Generator.
Do you have video content that you'd rather host on your own site rather than on third party sites such as YouTube? If so, then a video sitemap is crucial to getting these videos recognized and even included in universal search results. The Google video extension of the Sitemap protocol enables you to give Google descriptive information, such as a video's title, description, duration, that makes it easier for users to find a particular piece of content. Google may use text available on your video's page rather than the text you supply in the Sitemap's video content, if this differs. Google can crawl Flash SWF objects and the following raw video file types: .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .ra, .ram, .rm, .flv. All files must be accessible via the web. One handy tool is Video Sitemap Pro for both Windows and Mac.
If you publish local news or run a content website that offers newsworthy information, getting syndicated on major news aggregators such as Google and Yahoo News can drive huge amounts of traffic to your site. If you run your site on a popular platform such as WordPress, there are plug-ins available to make generating a news sitemap easy. Plug-ins are available for other content management systems, but you should make sure they follow Google's news sitemap guidelines.
Geo-sitemaps are very useful if you operate or manage a brick and mortar business, or have a chain of franchises. Including a geo-sitemap enable your locations to be found on Google Earth and also have a positive effect on Google Places rankings as they add to the "user content" ranking factors. To generate a geo-sitemap you can use the Uprise Geo sitemap and KML generator (beta).
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