How to create Google Images sitemap and receive more traffic to your website

October 11, 2010 by  
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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 harms the website.  However, all those opinions finally and once for all were proven wrong.

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It was not by accident that I spoke about the usability of XML Sitemap, thus now I am going to talk about its one type-Image Sitemap’s efficacy.

You have probably noticed that the traffic to your site was brought not only by the Google’s search results, but from Google Image’s search results as well.  People attempting to find one picture, found it in 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 index more pictures from your website, so that in the future more people find pictures on there and become visitors. There hasn’t been such 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 bragging about it in webmastertools, instead, now even encourages it. Consequently, 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 1000 URLs? In this case of course this process needs to be automated.

Google Images TrafficLooking for appropriate tools and trying to find programs that create nearly 5 or more types of sitemaps I stopped on Sitemap Writer Pro program. There I found a very useful tool, which lets you to add images to primarily created Sitemap.

The usage is quite simple. Downloading the program from this location:, installing  and set to work. Click on Open button and select our sitemap file. In the opened Sitemap Type menu we pick Google Images and straight to OK. We see our URL list and empty information- Quantity, Image location URL, Caption, etc in front of it. This all concerns the image information.

And now, the most magical moment. By clicking Ctr+A, we select all the page of the sitemap and click on add Image button. The program automatically starts adding all the pictures of each page to a Sitemap file. Here, we’ll see that the program is adding design elements also, which are quite unnecessary for us. For that, there are few parameters offered, with help of which you may add only images that are indeed are necessary.

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