How to Create a Video Sitemap

Do you want to submit videos in your content to search engines so they show up in video search results?

All in One SEO makes this really easy. In fact, if you have the Pro plugin then it’s enabled by default and there’s very little configuration needed.

Here we’ll show you how to review the settings and check your sitemap so that you can be confident it includes all the right content.


Viewing Your Video Sitemap

First, let’s make sure you can view your video sitemap.

To get started, go to Sitemaps in the All in One SEO menu and then click on the Video Sitemap tab.

You’ll see the Video Sitemap screen and you should see that Enable Sitemap is on. If it’s off, you’ll want to turn it on.

Click the Open Sitemap button to view your video sitemap.

You should see an index page for your video sitemap that looks like this:

The index page lists all of the video sitemaps for your site. Each video sitemap contains a different type of content. For example, above you’ll see there’s one for Posts and one for Pages.

Click on each link in the index to see the list of that content with information related to the videos in that content.

Now that you know how to view your video sitemap, let’s look at the basic settings.

Configuring the Video Sitemap

Let’s start by deciding which content we want to include in our video sitemap.

There are two settings here, Post Types and Taxonomies. If you want to include all your content then you can leave the Include All Post Types and Include All Taxonomies check boxes set to checked.

If you uncheck these two check boxes you’ll see a list of all your content post types and taxonomies and can select which to include in your sitemap.

Important:
Any content that has been set to be excluded from search results or set to No index under Search Appearance will not appear in these settings.

That’s all there is to it!

Note:
Search engines can still index your content and display it in search results even if its not included in your sitemap. Including content in your sitemap just means it’ll be added, updated and deleted on search engines much faster than waiting until they find your content on your own.

Do you want to submit videos in your content to search engines so they show up in video search results?

All in One SEO makes this really easy. In fact, if you have the Pro plugin then it's enabled by default and there's very little configuration needed.

Here we'll show you how to review the settings and check your sitemap so that you can be confident it includes all the right content.

Viewing Your Video Sitemap

First, let's make sure you can view your video sitemap.

To get started, go to Video Sitemap in the All in One SEO menu.

You'll see the Video Sitemap link, click that to view your video sitemap.

You should see an index page for your video sitemap that looks like this:

Example of a Video Sitemap generated by All in One SEO

The index page lists all of the video sitemaps for your site. Each video sitemap contains a different type of content. For example, above you'll see there's one for Posts and one for Pages.

Click on each link in the index to see the list of that content with information related to the videos in that content.

Now that you know how to view your video sitemap, let's look at the basic settings.

Configuring the Video Sitemap

First, in the Schedule Updates drop down, select the schedule that best matches how often you update the content on your site. If you're not sure what to select then choose Weekly.

NOTE: All in One SEO automatically notifies Google and Bing whenever you publish, update or delete content on your site.

The next option is Enable Sitemap Indexes. We strongly recommend that you enable this option. The default setting of 1000 for Maximum Posts Per Sitemap Page is fine for most sites, however, if you have a large site or a site with lots of videos then you may want to reduce this number to avoid problems.

Next, we'll decide which content we want to include in our video sitemap.

You'll see a setting for Post Types with a list of all your content post types and check boxes next to each post type. You can select which to include in your sitemap by checking the box and clicking the Update Sitemap button.

Important: Any content that has been set to be excluded from search results or set to No index under Search Appearance will not appear in these settings.

Finally, make sure that the Dynamically Generate Sitemap box is checked. This option will dynamically generate the video sitemap each time it is requested by a search engine. It also means that there will not be any sitemap files on your server. This is optimal because it means that the sitemap is always up to date when it is requested, and there is no file that could get deleted or become corrupt or unreachable. Some older servers may not support this option so if you're having problems, try unchecking this box.

If you have videos in custom fields then check out the article on Including Videos in Custom Fields.

That's all there is to it!

Note: Search engines can still index your content and display it in search results even if its not included in your sitemap. Including content in your sitemap just means it'll be added, updated and deleted on search engines much faster than waiting until they find your content on your own.