Google Video Sitemaps Introduced

Dec 18th, 2007 | By | Category: Digital Movie Store, Digital Video Downloads, Internet TV, Making Money with Podcasts, Streaming Video, Video, Video Podcasts, Vlogs

Google today announced a new standard for helping search engines index video, Video Sitemaps.

Google logoVideo Sitemaps is an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more searchable 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.

Here’s an example:

<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>

To implement Video Sitemaps, you need to create a Video Sitemap, sign into Google Webmaster Tools, and add the Video Sitemap to your account. Like sitemaps in general, Video Sitemaps are likely to become a de facto standard for helping search engines index videos.

2 Responses to “Google Video Sitemaps Introduced”

  1. Marc Liron says:

    I think this is a great move by Google… I guess Yahoo and Microsoft will not be far behind!

    I have been working on Google Video Sitemaps since they lauched it and have written up an article over at:

    Google Video
    Sitemaps

    In it I include some sample code and images for clarity.

  2. Marc Liron says:

    …I started using them the moment the option was released by Google.

    Soon got fed up hand coding the XML file and so created some software to
    make the valid XML file.

    Now I am giving it away free!

    http://www.videositemappro.com

    Version 1.0 at the moment but will be adding too it soon.

    Plus I think it is the worlds FIRST video sitemap software?

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