June 25, 2016

Adding Images To Your Sitemap

If you were left with questions after the last post it was because I never got to give examples of the formatting of images in your sitemap.  Hopefully people just googled it if they were serious, already knew, didn’t care, ad nauseum of reasons, and in case you didn’t we got you covered with this thrilling follow up post.  Taken straight from Google here, this is what the syntax would look like for one page that includes two images.

You can add up to 1,000 images per page by the way, just in case you have a page with over 1k images, you have been officially PWND by Google when it comes to adding all your images on that page to your sitemap, pfffft.

<?xml version=”1.0? encoding=”UTF-8??>

<urlset xmlns=”http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9?












While this is a boilerplate format, the following is a table, again, taken from Google’s page on including image url’s in your xml sitemaps of what is required and what is optional.  The above example doesn’t include all of the variables listed below.

Tag Required Description
<image:image> Yes Encloses all information about a single image. Each URL (<loc> tag) can include up to 1,000 <image:image> tags.
<image:loc> Yes The URL of the image.
<image:caption> Optional The caption of the image.
<image:geo_location> Optional The geographic location of the image. For example, <image:geo_location>Limerick, Ireland</image:geo_location>.
<image:title> Optional The title of the image.
<image:license> Optional A URL to the license of the image.


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Geoff Simon is currently a Web Production Assistant with Disney Interactive Media Group working on Disney Family's website portfolio which includes Family.com, FamilyFun.com, CelebrityParents, iParenting and others. He also maintains a personal blog at http://simon-searchmarketing.com, a small boutique firm specializing in local search, new media and online public relations. Geoff has over 10 years of database, direct and web marketing experience. He can be found on twitter @geoff_simon.