Normally we use to generate and submit XML sitemap for posts/articles of our WordPress blogs so that Google or other search engines can crawl and index posts regularly. Sitemap is a way to provide search engines an organized list of articles in a proper sequence with priority. As we use to add lot many media contents like images and videos on articles which also throws traffic to our site, but we don’t submit a sitemap for them. On my blog, Internet Techies, Google Image Search sends around 15% of total traffic which is really huge. So if we can submit a sitemap for images and videos, then Google or other search engines will have an organized structure of available images and videos on our site and will crawl them regularly. Now the questions is that how to generate a sitemap for images and videos? Here is the answer, of course we are talking about plugins.
Google XML Sitemap for Images and Google XML Sitemap for Videos are two plugins for generating sitemaps on your server for images and videos included on your blog. You just need to download these plugins from WordPress plugin directory and activate them thru plugin section on dashboard. Once activated, Go to “Tools ==> Image Sitemap (or Video Sitemap)” tab on dashboard and generate the sitemap for images and videos respectively. Before hitting the generate button, I would suggest you to upload a black file named “sitemap-image.xml” (for video sitemap, upload file named as sitemap-video.xml) in the root folder of your blog. And set the file permission for that file as 777 (write permission). Now you can click on generate button on settings page to generate or update your image or video sitemap.
Once you will generate these sitemaps for your blog, you can submit them on Google Webmaster Tool. After submitting them over there, you can see a green tick mark beside the submitted sitemap and also the time of submission. In next few days, you will see number of images of videos indexed in Google for submitted sitemap. For Image sitemap, Sitemap Type will appear as “Images” and for videos that will appear as “Videos”.
I hope that you will start using these image and video sitemap generators on your WordPress blog to expose your images and media files in a better way.