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Monday, April 12, 2010

Google XML Sitemaps Now Supporting Images

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Google have announced that they will start recgonising images within XML sitemaps which have been submitted for your website. The change will allow owners of image heavy websites to ensure Google is indexing these files for inclusion in image based search results.

For each URL on your sitemap you can list up to 1,000 images and include information on:

  • The URL of each image
  • A caption of the image
  • The geographic location of the image
  • Image title
  • A URL to the licence of the image

Google’s webmaster help page provides more information on how to implement the image tags, but I have also included a short example below.

image-sitemaps

Submitting images via your sitemap can be useful in helping Google find files that may be hidden behind JavaScript forms and is general good practise to ensure you’re getting as much information indexed as possible.



Matthew Elshaw Matt is a marketing professional at ineedhits.com, an international search marketing firm. Matt's passion for online marketing began at university and has proved invaluable in steering product development and marketing initiatives at the company. Matt is a regular contributor to the ineedhits search marketing blog.

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