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Once you’ve created a website you should think of driving traffic to it. You can come up with anything to attract people to your website. You begin to dig the internet, read “drive traffic” articles, try them, invent and try new methods, some of them work, some don’t, again come up with new ideas and so on. And naturally the number of visitors to your site is always low.
One of such known techniques is creation of XML sitemap and its submission to Google. With help of this Google indexes the webpage faster, consequently keeping more pages from your site in its cache, ready to present those to your potential visitors at any second. The importance of XML sitemap is long ago tested and proven, though there were some opinions of skeptics, according to which, its vice-a-versa and XML could even harm websites. However, all those opinions were finally and once for all proven wrong.
It was not by accident that I spoke about the usability of XML Sitemap, thus now I am going to talk about one of its type – Images Sitemap’s efficacy.
You have probably noticed that the traffic to your site was brought not only by the Google’s search results, but also from Google Image’s search results. People attempting to find a picture, can find it on your website. So, have you ever considered that you could bring more traffic to your website with the help of images? That is, to somehow help Google to index more pictures from your website, so that in the future more people find pictures on there and become your website visitors. There hasn’t been such an opportunity until now; it was only left to hope that Google would index the images. But now, Google declared that it is possible to add images to your existing sitemap. Earlier, when there was an image URL in your sitemap, Google was complaining about it in webmastertools, instead, now even encourages it. Consequently, a question arises-how to add an image in your already created sitemap?. Of course, you may open a Sitemap file and manually add that information, using text editor and learning XML language. But what if there are more than 100 or 1000 URLs? In this case, of course, this process needs to be automated. The most optimal solution is to search for third party tools for inclusion of images info to XML sitemap file.
I’m using Sitemap Writer Pro, but it’s up to you which program to use.