Google XML Sitemap for Videos
What effect does this really have on google? (2 posts)

  1. bkwineper
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am not sure what this plugin actually achieves in relation to Google searches. I'd appreciate an explanation. It seems it has no effect at all.

    I thought that with the video sitemap generated by this plugin Google would be able to identify that a post contains a video. And that as a result of that it would a) display as a video item on the Google search results page (SERP), showing e.g. a video thumbnail, which is *very* powerful to drive traffic, and b) that the posts in the sitemap would also show up in Google video search results.

    Neither seems to be the case.

    I have a successfully generated video sitemap here:

    Google Webmaster tools says that it has indexed 62 (of 80) videos.

    However, as far as I can tell, none of my video posts show up as "video posts" in Google search results.

    Try searching on Google for example on "Chateau l’Arnaude, en svensk vingård i Provence" and you will find one of my video posts in the top spot (or close) in the Google SERP. But it is NOT recognised as a video post. And it is not found if one does a video search.

    The sitemap was originally created on November 2 so it is not brand new.

    Am I misunderstanding how this works and what it does?

    Would appreciate a clarification. Thanks!


  2. Amit Agarwal
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    XML sitemaps are only a hint to Google and they may still not show your posts as video posts.

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