HOW TO: Create A Video Sitemap For Your Blog

Video sitemap is similar to normal sitemap and it gives request to search engines to discover and index the videos in your blog. Sitemaps tell search engines about web pages, images and video content on your site that they may otherwise not discover.

Benefits Of Creating XML Sitemap For Video

If your blog contains lots of video files then you should create an XML Video Sitemap. It will help to improve your site’s performance in Google and other search engines. Yesterday I created one for HBB (See Video Sitemap).

Most of the search engines ignore video content embedded in web pages. But if you use a video sitemap, you can easily ping search engines like Google, Bing, etc about the video embedded in your site. Video Sitemaps will help your blog posts rank well in both video search results as well as Google’s web results.

How To Create XML Sitemap For Video?

For generating XML Sitemap for Video WordPress users can use Video Sitemap plug-in. You can generate an XML Sitemap for your site with a click. Install the plugin and click the “Generate” button. An XML Sitemap file will be created instantly and that will be stored in your site’s root directory.

The Video Sitemap plugin will generate an XML Sitemap for your WordPress blog using all YouTube videos that you may have embedded in your blog posts.

After generating the video sitemap, you can ping Google directly using the plugin options or use Google Webmaster Tools and other search engine tools to connect your video sitemap with your blog.

Limitations : This plug-in currently works with YouTube videos only. But future versions may support Vimeo, Facebook, Flickr, Daily Motion and other online video hosting websites.

How To Submit Video Sitemap To Google?

1. Go to Google Webmaster Tools.

2. Under Site Configuration, choose “Sitemaps”.

Webmaster Tools - Sitemap

3. Select “Submit a Sitemap”.

Video Sitemap

4. Enter the Video Sitemap URL or filename.

It takes some time to get indexed. If you have huge amount of video files, then it takes some more time! 😛

So have you created a video sitemap for your blog? Do you know any other cool plugin for generating? Please share it in the comments!

Submit Your Blog To Popular Search Engines

Don’t wait for the Search engines to search your website/blog. Submit your URL to search engines before they do it automatically. It is one of the best ways to get your new domain indexed fast. Search engine is a tool designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. Some of the common and famous search engines are Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. It will be annoying to go to each search engine’s website and submit your URL.

I wrote this article in order to minimize your time for submitting your URL to search engines. You can even submit your Feed URL or Sitemap to certain search engines. Before that you can validate your RSS Feeds. But make sure before submitting. The following are the links to some popular search engines. I picked up some worthy and popular search engines. You can submit your URL to these search engines for free. Spare your time to grab this golden opportunity.

  • Yahoo Search
  • DMOZ Open Directory Project
  • Scrub The Web
  • Search Sight
  • WhatUSeek
  • Towersearch

You can also try websites like Free Web Submission and Ping My Blog for submitting your URL to many search engines at the same time.