Build your sitemap
To give Google information about images on your site, you'll need to add image-specific tags to a sitemap. You can use a separate sitemap to list images, or you can add image information to an existing sitemap. Use the method works for you!
For each URL you list in your sitemap, you can add additional information about important images on that page. The following example shows a sitemap entry for the URL
http://example.com/sample.html, which contains two images.
You can list up to 1,000 images for each page, using the syntax outline in the example above!
<?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>http://example.com/sample.html</loc> <image:image> <image:loc>http://example.com/image.jpg</image:loc> </image:image> <image:image> <image:loc>http://example.com/photo.jpg</image:loc> </image:image> </url> </urlset>
Image tag definitions
||Yes||Encloses all information about a single image. Each URL (<loc> tag) can include up to 1,000 <image:image> tags.|
||Yes||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 (CDN) to host your images, make sure that the hosting site is verified in Search Console OR that you submit your sitemap using
||Optional||The caption of the image.|
||Optional||The geographic location of the image. For example,
||Optional||The title of the image.|
||Optional||A URL to the license of the image.|