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Google Introduces Video Sitemaps

Posted on 12.17.2007
Google has announced the introduction of video sitemaps - making your videos more searchable via Google Video Search. Crawlable video formats include .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .ra, .ram, .rm and .flv.

From Google's Webmaster Help Center: When you submit a Video Sitemap to Google, we will make the included video URLs searchable on Google Video. Search results will contain a thumbnail image (provided by you or autogenerated by Google) of your video content, as well as information (such as title) contained in your Video Sitemap. In addition, your video may also appear in other Google search products. During this beta period, we can't predict or guarantee when or if your videos will be added to our index, but as we refine our product, we expect both coverage and indexing speed to improve.

Check out the information in their Webmaster Help Center to learn how to create them, some video-specific tag definitions and some best practices.
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