As these are still sitemaps, the general sitemap best practices also apply to image sitemaps. We also recommend that you follow the general best practices for publishing images.
Example image sitemap
The following example shows a regular sitemap with image sitemap extension, 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>
Image sitemap reference
image tags are defined in the Image Sitemaps namespace:
To make sure Google can use 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 you verify both domains 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.
Want to learn more? Check out the following resources: