When it comes to Search Engine Optimization, submitting a sitemap is one of the most important steps. A sitemap is an easy way to inform search engines about all your pages that are available for crawling.
A Sitemap is an XML file that contains all links to your post and pages. A Sitemap is the best way to notify search engines about your site. It will also help your pages get indexed faster.
What is a Video Sitemap?
A video sitemap provides information about video content on a website. A video sitemap contains all information like category, title, description, running time and intended audience of each video on your site.
Why is Video Sitemap important ?
Inform Google about all video content on your site.
- Improve the listing of the site on the video search results.
When a user finds your videos through Google, It shows a video thumbnail along with the related content on your site.
How to Create a Video Sitemap For WordPress Site?
If you have a WordPress site, there are certain plugins, which help you to create a video sitemap.
I am using a free plugin called Google XML Sitemap for Videos.
This plugin easily creates a video sitemap in just a single click . It automatically detects all video content and creates a video sitemap based on that.
The Limitations of this plugin is it currently works with YouTube videos only.
How to Create a Video Sitemap For Other Sites?
If you are using other platforms like blogger , HTML websites then you can create a video sitemap using Free XML Video sitemap Generator.
Creating a video sitemap using free XML video sitemap generator
It is very easy to create your video sitemap using this tool .
Just type your Y0utube username or a video URL and hit the search button.
If your video is not embedded on a page hit ‘delete this video’ link , otherwise copy your page URL where the video is embedded. Paste it into the box provided for URL.
Repeat this for all your embedded videos and hit ‘create my free XML video sitemap’ button to create your sitemap.
Submit Your Video Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
Let’s upload our sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.
Login to your webmaster tools account, Go to Crawl >> Sitemaps >> Add/Test sitemap
Add your video sitemap to Google webmaster tool and Google will index your videos faster.