- Our documentation on sitemaps also applies to the sitemap extensions. Make sure to follow general sitemap guidelines.
- Follow the best practices for publishing images and the Search Essentials.
- You can add image metadata, such as contact information and licensing information, which will appear in image search results.
The following example shows a sitemap with two
https://example.com/sample1.html, which contains two images
https://example.com/sample2.html, which contains one image
<?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"> <url> <loc>https://example.com/sample1.html</loc> <image:image> <image:loc>https://example.com/image.jpg</image:loc> </image:image> <image:image> <image:loc>https://example.com/photo.jpg</image:loc> </image:image> </url> <url> <loc>https://example.com/sample2.html</loc> <image:image> <image:loc>https://example.com/picture.jpg</image:loc> </image:image> </url> </urlset>
<url> element may have up to 1,000 child
Image sitemap reference
The image tags are defined in the following namespace:
Image tag definitions
To make sure Google can discover your image sitemap, you must use the following required tags:
Encloses all information about a single image. Each
The URL of the image.
In some cases, the image URL may not be on the same domain as your main site. This is fine, as long as both domains are verified in Search Console. If, for example, you use a content delivery network such as Google Sites to host your images, make sure that the hosting site is verified in Search Console. In addition, make sure that your robots.txt file doesn't disallow the crawling of any content you want indexed.
Deprecated tags and attributes
We removed the following tags and attributes from our documentation:
<image:license>. See the
for more information.