How to create an XML image sitemap
Do all sites need a sitemap for images?
If images are the primary focus or a significat part of your website, you're definitely the exception. Photographers, for instance, will certainly benefit from providing Google with a separate image sitemap.
Why do you need an image sitemap?
To increase your chances of getting into Google Images, creating an Image Sitemap is a great way to go. Also, don't neglect filling in the title and alt attributes correctly. They are proven to have a positive impact on image ranking.
How to create an XML Image Sitemap
#1 Manual creation of the sitemap
The tag information that we used can be easily found in the support section:
#2 Automated generation of the sitemap
#3 Netpeak Spider
The tool is paid and provides a 14-day trial period. It will be enough to create a sitemap for free. Download the software through Netpeak Launcher and log into your account. To get a sitemap, you need to configure several parameters.
In the upper panel, select Tools and Sitemap Generator, as shown in the screenshot:
In addition, there are plugins for CMS that automatically generate all the sitemaps and the website tree. For example, for WordPress, there are Yoast, Udinra, and others. The Yoast plugin automatically includes an image sitemap when generating the main sitemap.
If your website has a relevant subject, the image search may generate additional traffic.
How to make a sitemap manually? Google Technical Support lists all tags which are required for this. However, it's easier and faster to use automatic generation. We have described angeldigital.marketing among the free tools. This system independently creates a file that you need to rename and save in the All Files format.
Another tool that helps to automatically generate an Image Sitemap is Netpeak Spider. The tool provides a trial version for 14 days. Download and install the software on your computer and go to the generator section.
Upload the created document to the root folder of your website. Do not forget to register its presence in robots.txt or create a link in the sitemap. To accelerate the document indexing, you should additionally upload it to the Search Console.
How does sitemap XML improve SEO?
You can increase your image content SEO by uploading an XML Image Sitemap to the major search engines. This encourages them to visit your site, locate, and index your photographs. This boosts your image content's SEO value.
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