Why create Sitemap from NextGen Images?
NextGen Gallery is one of the most popular WordPress Gallery plugins. Many photographers use it to showcase their images and sell their images. For these type of sites Image ranking and indexing are key to success.
But most of these sites use only XML Sitemap listing URL on the website. The indexing and ranking of images is left on the intelligence of Google. So Google bots will crawl the pages on the site and then read the images and gather information.
The site owners ignore important declaration made by Google itself about including Image related information in Sitemaps. I have copied the below para from Google advocating Image Sitemap link
You can use a separate sitemap to list images, or you can add image information to an existing sitemap.
The result of ignoring Image information from Sitemap causes poor indexing rate for images and lower ranking. You are leaving too much for Google to read while crawling your site. Ideally you should make it easier for Search Engines.
From above it is clear that Google wants you to include the Image related information in Sitemap. It also advocates format for it as well. Merely including URL of your page in Sitemap is not good idea. The more information you provide in Sitemaps the better it is for you.
There are many articles on Internet which suggests that
- There is no need of dedicated Image Sitemap or including Image information in Sitemap
- Google can read the Image information from the Page itself
But they are just making claims which contradict or not in accordance with what Google itself says. You can debate on benefit of including image data in Sitemap. But there is no drawback of including them. If you include this information it is going to help your site.
How to include NextGen Image into Sitemap?
WordPress is popular because of its plugins. But there is lack of plugins which help you with this. So I created Sitemap plugin which helps you include images from NextGen Gallery into Sitemap. It creates Sitemap as per the Google norms.
The plugin includes NextGen Gallery images information into the existing XML Sitemap. So you do not have two different Sitemaps. This approach helps you a great deal. So can just install my plugin and generate a single Sitemap.
There is no need of any other Sitemap plugin. All sitemaps needed by your website is provided by one single plugin.
What all features of NextGen Gallery supported?
NextGen is powerful plugin and provides lots of features. Not all features are supported by the plugin. Supporting all features will not be advisable for Sitemap plugins as well . The plugin is tested and officially supports below features as of now.
We feel that these are the most used features by website owners. In case you need any of the non supported features added in the plugin do contact with me. We can discuss the same.
Note -: This means that plugin will include images added to your website using one of below methods.
- Embedding NextGen Gallery
- Embedding NextGen individual image
The plugin does not support below ways of adding images or Galleries to your posts or pages
- NextGen Albums
- NextGen Tags
Above features should serve needs of most sites. You can also visit sitemap plugin documentation for more details of features supported and configuration details.