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If you run a website that has lots of content in the form of images and pictures, you will want to create an image sitemap.
The good news is that creating image sitemaps for Google and other search engines is much like when you
create standard XML sitemaps
- in fact image sitemaps
is one of several Google extensions for XML sitemaps
A1 Sitemap Generator
comes with various
that sets all options for image sitemaps:
- Quick presets | Google image sitemap
- Quick presets | Google image sitemap - website has images hosted externally
Which to choose depends on if you host images on external subdomains/domains or not.
After this you can start the website scan:
When the website crawl has finished, all you need to is to build the actual image XML sitemap file for search engines like Google
Do this by first selecting the image sitemap file type in the dropdown. Then click the Build selected
You have now created your image sitemap. This process will work for most websites with only very few needing further configuration.
As the default configuration
in our software is to obey disallow
instructions in robots.txt
you will want to make sure you are not excluding it from accessing image folders in your website. If unsure, check the following help page for an in-depth explanation regarding the
robots text file
Even when using the preset
button, you can sometimes still benefit from fine tuning options yourself aftewards.
In output filters
you can configure the following website scan options:
- Exclude pages and images you do not want to influence your image sitemap. This is useful if many pages use the same image.
- If you use non standard image file extensions and MIME types, you can add these, so the crawler can recognize them during the website scan.
You can also control how the image sitemaps are built using options:
- Create sitemap | XML sitemap extensions | Google image sitemaps | Ensure each image is only listed once
After submitting to Google Search Console
, you will often have wait a few days for Google
to start indexing images.
You can view image sitemap details in Google Search Console by clicking on the image sitemap. See the example shown in the screenshot below:
Do note that Google Search Console has had quirks in the past where it reported the count of <loc>...</loc>
and not the actual number of submitted images in <image:image>...</image:image>
. One such case was in March 2011:
Above is easy to verify by creating an image sitemap of one URL containing two images
Google Search Console will only report one URL. It will not report count of images. Here is an example:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>|
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1">
<image:title>image 1 title</image:title>
<image:caption>image 1 caption</image:caption>
<image:title>image 2 title</image:title>
<image:caption>image 2 caption</image:caption>
Some sitemap generator tools (not
A1 Sitemap Generator) will try to artificially
increase the reported number of URLs in Google Search Console for image sitemaps by simply inserting
lots of page URLs <loc></loc>
with no associated images <image:loc></image:loc>
Therefore, to compare image sitemap tools and the number of included images,
you can try perform a search/replace of <image:loc>
in the generated XML image
sitemap files. Most text editors gives you a count of found/replaced text items.
A1 Sitemap Generator tries to leave out images
used as part of the website layout. It does so to obey Google
guidelines for image sitemaps.