Create Video Sitemap for Embedded Youtube Videos and Drive traffic Part-2

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This is time to multiplex our blog traffic via embedded videos. Part one of how to create video sitemap and drive more traffic post explained about how to create video sitemap for our own hosted videos. This part 2 deals about create video sitemap for the video embedded from video sharing sites like Youtube, 5min, Mata café etc and how to create sitemap index file. These are all the sites have been tested by Fourblogger labs and sitemap has successfully crawled by google and video results displayed in google search results. You can also drive traffic from third person’s video which has been uploaded in video sharing sites in this process.

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For example, consider you created a video for particular blog post and uploaded this video in all video sharing sites like youtube.  You get the embed code from youtube and embed this video in your blog post. While someone searching particular key word related to this blog post, your youtube video is shown in search results. If searcher clicks on this video result, the traffic goes to youtube.

To divert this traffic straight to your blog, you should create video sitemap. This process is one of the video SEO technique. Once you created video sitemap for the embedded video, Google can show your blog post with video thumbnail. If someone clicks on the link, searcher comes to your blog post that contains video. By default traffic comes to your site.

Beauty of this method is,  you no need to create video to embed video in your blog post.  Search the video that relevant to your blog post in youtube. Embed this video in your post and create sitemap for this video content and get more traffic from google.

The reasons to create video sitemap for the embed video is, Google shows less number of video results while showing results for search query. It’s not because of less video resource available in web. It is all about no one give (do video SEO) the information to search engines as ‘my blog post has video information’. That’s why we need to create video sitemap.

Video sitemap is a media which gives information to search engines about your blog post contains video content.

In this post what I am trying to insist you is

Embed youtube videos -Create video sitemap – Get more traffic

I created video sitemap for the youtube video which embedded in my blog post. Submitted video sitemap in google, it successfully crawled the video sitemap. Check out this key word how to install theme from library, Google shows our video result and  for this key word ‘how to install theme from wordpress theme library’, Google shows our blog video along with youtube video.

How to get player location and content location from video sharing sites?

These are all the information needed to create video sitemap

  • Video embedded Blog post url
  • Video thumbnail image location
  • Title of the video
  • Description of the video
  • Tags of the video
  • Duration of the video
  • Video file uploaded path
  • Video player uploaded path

All the information easily available for the video you got from video sharing sites except content location and player location ie) last two of the above list.

If you are embedded the video from the video sharing site like you tube, (It may be your video or the video uploaded by others) You can create video sitemap for the video and get more search engine visits to your site and build more brand value to your site or blog.

We can start with largest video sharing site youtube.

How to create video sitemap for Youtube videos embedded in your blog?

Youtube is the second largest search engine in online and also biggest video sharing site. You can get any type of video to embed in your blog from youtube. It is not easy to create video sitemap for youtube videos. Because we are not able to find player location or content location from youtube video embed code. After a long experiment in Fourblogger labs we found a way to create video sitemap for youtube videos. We used linkedtube to create video sitemap for youtube videos.

Step by step procedure to create video sitemap for youtube videos

Get the video url from youtube which is going to be embedded to your blog post.

Go to this site used for adding clickable link in youtube videos. In other words linked tube used to create free clickable link widget for youtube videos. Linkedtube is asking some information to create link widget for the video which you are going to embed in your blog post.

Give video URL you got from youtube. If you want, you can add clickable link by enabling link button in button mode.

Here we have three options

  1. Show always
  2. Show on hover
  3. Never show

When you select ‘never show’, there is no clickable link in your video. For other two options, you can give link URL, title for the video and fill out other options as per the instruction given by linked tube.

Don’t worry about selecting these options for creating sitemap. These options only for adding clickable link in your video not for creating video sitemap.

Then why we are coming here? Answer: To find the player location for this video! If you want link fill options, otherwise select ‘never show’ in button mode, finally hit enter on save and get the code.

Now the embed code is available in left side. Copy this embed code & Paste where you want this video in your blog post by the same way as embedding youtube video in your blog post.

This embed code contains the player location and content location of the video has been added in your blog post.  The below code is an embed code for youtube video I got from

<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400px" height="325px">
<param name="movie" value=""/>
<param name="quality" value="high" />
<param name="menu" value="false" />
<embed src="" width="400px" height="325px" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><noembed><a href="">LinkedTube</a></noembed></embed>

In this code, the code mentioned in red color is the content location.

Content location: t9hFSsAUdK8

Player location: t9hFSsAUdK8

We know other above listed information like video embed page url <loc>, video thumbnail, title, description, tag and duration.

The common structure and step by step procedure to create video sitemap is given in previous post. As per the instruction given in that post you can create sitemap.

Once you created video sitemap your video sitemap.xml file, then submit this sitemap in google webmaster tools. The Procedure to submit video sitemap in webmaster tools is available in previous post.

What you need to know to create video sitemap at first?

  • Finding player location and content location is difficult part of  sitemap creation process for videos that are embedded in your blog post from video sharing sites.
  • If you  submitted multiple sitemap, you need to create sitemap index file this will explained in later part of this post.

How create video sitemap for the video embedded from video sharing sites?

The process of creating video sitemap for the embedded video from video sharing site to your blog post is similar to create video sitemap for your own video uploaded in your blog (which is explained in part 1 of this post).

The only difference is video player location and content location of the embedded video.

For example, if your embedded a video from to your blog in a particular post, you will get the player and content location from the embedded code itself and you can create video sitemap using these details for your blog post that has video content.

This is the embed code I got from

<object width='480' height='401' id='FiveminPlayer' classid='clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000'> <param name='allowfullscreen' value='true'/> <param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always'/> <param name='movie' value=''/> <param name='wmode' value='window' /> <embed name='FiveminPlayer' src='' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='480' height='401' allowfullscreen='true' allowScriptAccess='always' wmode='window'> </embed> </object>

In the above code, the content location is highlighted in red color this is not content location, paste this url in your browser address bar and hit enter.

While playing the video get the url from addressbar it is like the below code

In the above URL, this part is the player location & content location of your video sitemap.  Now you can create video sitemap using the previous tutorial.

Content_loc :


I created video sitemap using this location, it is successfully crawled by Google and displayed in search results for the key word floating feedback icons and floating icons in thesis you can check it out.

Second one is metacafe

To find content and player location for particular video embedded from metacafe, use the below procedure.

The below code is video embed code we got from

Inside the embed code we have player location and content location.

<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="460" height="398" codebase=",0,40,0"><param name="name" value="Metacafe_4180906" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerVars=showStats=yes|autoPlay=no|videoTitle=How to Highlight Author Comments with Image and Background Color" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="460" height="398" src="" allowfullscreen="true" wmode="transparent" flashvars="playerVars=showStats=yes|autoPlay=no|videoTitle=How to Highlight Author Comments with Image and Background Color" name="Metacafe_4180906"></embed></object>

The above code content location and player location highlighted in red color.

Content location:

Player location:

Give this part of code in content location specified in video sitemap which has player location also so no need to give player location separately. You can create video sitemap using the previous post instructions.

By the similar way, we can create video sitemap for all type of videos embedded from different video sharing sites. You can check it out by searching the key word highlight author comments in thesis in google search.

Create video sitemap and show visitors my blog post has video content along with valuable text information.

How to create video sitemap for multiple videos in single page?

Consider that your blog post may contain more than one video. Example: two videos. Now how to inform search engines my blog post contains two video contents? Answer is quite simple.

We know the general structure of video sitemap. In this structure, first tag is for post URL that contains video. For each video you should use separate <video:video> tag. Give all the video information separately. All the information about two videos are within the <url> to </url>tag.

Single video sitemap file allow nearly 10,000 video contents. If you have more than 10,000 video contents you can create multiple video sitemaps and  sitemap index file which used to include all sitemaps.

This sitemap index file has all the video sitemap files with the date and time of last modified. This information is useful for search engine to immediately crawl if any modification available in the sitemaps.

After filling all information in video sitemap save this file as videositemap.xml format.

How to create video sitemap index file for multiple video sitemaps?

Why multiple video sitemap files?

Consider you are having more than one video sitemap file. This time you need to create video sitemap index file which contains all the video sitemap files in it along with last modified date and time of the each sitemap file. If you are planning to start video sharing site, here definitely you need to know about creating video sitemap index file, in order to cover all the video file in your website.

Another use of the index file is, I think there is no automatic video sitemap generator. Once you created one video sitemap & you submitted it in search engines, after a particular period of time your site may contains some more new videos on it. Now you need to create sitemap for these videos by two ways

One is adding new video pages in previously created video sitemap. Second one without disturbing the previous sitemap, create new sitemap for second set of videos. Now you are having multiple video sitemaps in your webmaster So now it is necessary to create video sitemap index file.


How to create Video sitemap index file?

The common structure for video sitemap index file is, you can get from google webmasters help


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<sitemapindex xmlns="">

In the above code, we give each video sitemap file name between the <sitemap> to </sitemap> tag. Videositemap5.xml and videositemap6.xml are two individual video sitemaps which have already been created by me. If you have more files, you can add it inside the index file. Also give the last modified date and time for each file which is useful for search engines to crawl sitemaps immediately. Video sitemap index file is also .xml file.

You should submit all the video sitemap files inside the index file in webmaster tools. Also submit video sitemap index file in the similar way as you submitted video sitemap.xml file in webmasters.

Hope if all the above works when you create sitemap, you will be getting more traffic from Google. I really can help you, if you mention your questions in comments below or my YouTube video comments.

P.S: This two part video sitemap tutorial is one of our results in blogging lab experiments. You can find all our posts in our archives page. To receive more tutorials straightly into your inbox, subscribe to our feed. You can also watch all our tutorials in your Youtube homepage, if you subscribe to our Youtube channel.

P.S  Do you have more videos and struggling to create video sitemap use contact form with your video details and your budget. We will help You to drive traffic for your site.

P.S If you have more videos, and looking for plugin then Google Video sitemap plugin will drive traffic to your blog.

P.S.S: If you want more blog traffic, here I talk about how to drive traffic to blog through videos.

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  • Nhat April 22, 2010, 5:38 AM

    I do not

  • Pascal April 22, 2010, 11:47 PM

    Eveyone can create video sitemap. This can drive traffic & build brand I think.

    • digitalpbk November 9, 2011, 8:47 AM

      Wow I gotta try this out. But what is the linkedtube thing?

      • FourBlogger November 9, 2011, 5:51 PM

        Right now Linked tube not support in Google.. We update the post already, check the same..

  • Nathaniel April 28, 2010, 8:03 PM

    Great article. How do you add the video sitemap in Blogger? I created the sitemap but cannot find instructions in webmaster tools that are specific to blogger. Thanks.

  • screencastblog May 4, 2010, 12:59 PM


    Nice tutorial. The only questions I have:
    1. is there any other option to get the location of content and/or player instead via linkedtube? I mean, something more bulletproof. Best way would be to get it directly based on youtube URL

    2. Is it really reuquired, that you enter both, conten and playr location? In google documentation it says only one is needed?

    Thank you in advance?

  • DAVID May 24, 2010, 3:58 AM

    Where to find the video thumbnail image url?

  • DAVID May 24, 2010, 10:47 AM

    Hi Suresh, Got it.I just came across your blog yesterday & found it very useful.I also read one of your ebook about traffic. I have one thing to share with you. Use to distrubute your video content. It can automatically distribute them for you to major video sites including youtube & you also get paid handsomely when people watch your video in any network.

    • Suresh May 24, 2010, 11:18 AM

      hai David,

      Thanks for the suggestion… We will work on it..
      we have channel on click here to watch
      make use of our youtube channel.

      • Ryan Steinolfson August 4, 2010, 9:37 AM

        I tried to go to your channel but found that it was not available. I assuming that you had the same thing happen to you as happened to me. shut my channel down because they said I was promoting myself by putting my web site at the end of the video in the bottom third. I appealed to them numerous times but they didn’t give me my channel back. Blip is very serious about no promoting on their site.

  • DAVID June 1, 2010, 3:14 PM

    Hi ,
    Can you explain the process of creating video sitemap of a video & also a vimeo video?it will be much appreciated.
    I specifically need to know the thumbnail location,player location & content location for and vimeo videos.

    • Suresh June 2, 2010, 10:42 PM

      for thumbnail location. Upload image in your wp-admin give the url in sitemap and the embed code you got from or vimeo.

      From the embed code you can find the movie value as content location..

  • Craig June 6, 2010, 12:34 PM

    Hi Suresh. I think LinkTube has rermoved your video or changed their system as this was your url but if you click on it it goes to their video not yours??

    • Pascal June 8, 2010, 1:52 PM

      Video will be played only in Linked tube. It won’t play in our blog.

    • wapr | June 8, 2010, 2:31 PM

      Thats exactly what I mean. There should be a way to to it directly with information provided by YouTube. A way via 3rd site is not good for long term VSEO.


      • Pascal June 8, 2010, 3:07 PM

        I think that Youtube won’t allow us to do this at any time in future.

      • wapr | June 8, 2010, 3:18 PM

        Well, in google help fpr video sitemaps there is an example with youtube URL, but this URL is strange and doesn’t work.

        So I thought it is possible to create video sitemaps for YT videos.

        • Pascal June 9, 2010, 5:17 PM

          Ya. I have seen it already and tested. But no luck.

          I will keep trying to get something positive. we will see, Whats in our hand.

          • wapr | June 9, 2010, 7:49 PM

            Please update us if you find something interesting.
            I’m testin video sitemaps with sites like vimeo and now will also update this post.


            • Pascal June 10, 2010, 12:44 AM

              Yes. Surely I will update here.

  • Craig June 6, 2010, 12:36 PM

    Mine is doing the same. Is this system still going to work as i notice also your video for the blog has gone from google front page now

    There is only youtube and videojig left??

    • Pascal June 8, 2010, 1:54 PM

      Hi Craig,

      As we have publicly announced this online, Within one week of our post published date, Google find it and stopped showing video results for the videos on Linked tube.

      Thats why it is not shown in Google search. and our result just showing as text result in third page.

      • Craig June 8, 2010, 3:07 PM

        Thanks Pascal. That is a shame. So best to use just Youtube now i guess

        I have done that on y site and submitted a site map. Thanks anyway for your teachings. i am sure you will find another system in the future that will help us cheers

  • Sharon July 31, 2010, 10:47 AM

    Thank You! This is something I was wondering about a few months ago, but never got down to searching for it. Then today it just happened.

    This is really informative. Thank You.

  • Shilpi August 4, 2010, 12:39 PM

    Hi Suresh,
    Thanks for sharing this useful information.
    Can please suggest if I wan to make a video sitemap from vimeo videos, then how do i get the player and content location from the embedded code?

    • Pascal August 9, 2010, 6:51 PM

      Hi shlpi,

      Our team totally move to our membershipsite fourbloggerclub. so nowadays we are solve any single issue for $$ only. it is ok for you. send your requirements.
      contact us via contact form

  • Peter van der Laan || Moovio September 10, 2010, 7:28 PM

    Hi Suresh,

    Thanks for taking the time to share this with us! I’ve tried your workflow for embedded YouTube videos on different websites and I seem to get no results.

    It seems that Google has changed their video-indexing algorythm after you wrote this and only shows the websites hosting the video in the SERPs (YouTube, VideoJug, Metacafé,…). Creating a video sitemap for a website that embeds a video is not possible anymore in that case…

    This makes sense: Why give your site credit when somebody else has the actual content?

    Anyone still having results using this method with YouTube, to prove otherwise?

  • Multiple Domain Web Host December 9, 2010, 4:22 AM

    It seem complicated to me but I guess I may try it out later. Maybe take some time to figure this out =)

  • arkimz December 11, 2010, 1:03 PM

    Like you say in the video, upload the sitemap.xml using ftp. How if I don’t have hosting. I use free version. How?

    • moj video January 4, 2011, 2:11 AM

      arkimz, you need to have your own hosting. is obviously hosted site for your blog or site which you can not control.

      That is for your videositemap.xml. If you were referring to sitemap.xml, here’s one tool online:

      and a video for it:

      Hope it helps. So you practically don’t have real sitemap.xml and robots.txt facility for (any) not your owned site. Without that your video doesn’t have a chance to be listed so use known video portals. Still it’s possible to have #1 Google result for YouTube video if you are targeting users in USA.

  • Vinod Kumar December 29, 2010, 3:23 AM

    Hi Suresh,
    Nice to see your video its good. But we need to depend on our video locations and our video player locations that can be useful.
    Here i am using php melody video sharing script. on
    we dont your flv proxy script that can mask youtube video file url as our own flv url.
    So we can generate the dynamic video site map. So google can index our videos largly.

    Check this you can find flv location, own player etc…

  • Dave Sottimano January 4, 2011, 5:10 PM

    Hi Suresh,

    As I’m sure you know, the SERPs for the wordpress video are very different from your results in April. I was curious about a few things:

    1. If this was consistently possible, what is the benefit for Google/Youtube to allow this?
    2. After the initial QDF, wouldn’t the original Youtube video naturally outrank the hosted one?
    3. Have you attempted this on another video from Youtube, and managed to make the results stick?



  • M T January 19, 2011, 7:52 AM

    I have two pages on my site that have embedded videos and so I have created two separate video sitemaps. I just created a site map index.xml file and listed these two video sitemap files inside the index file.

    When I click on “Site configuration” then “Sitemaps” in webmaster tools everything seems fine with no errors


    when I click on “Labs” then “video Sitemaps” I get the error “Sitemap Index” under the Error column.
    Should my sitemapindex file be or

  • Dan September 11, 2011, 1:04 AM

    Hello Pascal,
    Forgive me if these questions appear stupid but being a non-techie I want to clarify a few things here.

    1. I am running a website on which I would like to embed relevant YouTube videos done by others. Should I still use Linked Tube for that? I still can’t understand how Linked Tube helps.

    2. By creating a video sitemap for videos posted on YouTube by others, how would it help my site? Would my site appear in the listings with the Thumbnail of the YouTube video and when they click on the thumbnail, the user is taken to my site? Am I understanding this right?

    Kindly clarify.


    • Suresh September 12, 2011, 9:26 AM

      hai Dan,
      Yes You are right…
      1. Yes we can create video sitemap for the youtube videos uploaded by others. But I dont know whether it is white hat or not?
      2. Your understandings are right. Our site can receive traffic from organic search video results..

  • soso November 3, 2011, 10:36 PM

    hi there

    thank you for your video ,i learned how to index the video to google .

    now i have a questions. please help

    my page is:

    i do everything what you did in the video ,and google was indexed my page.

    that i was been told in my google master tool.

    but when i search for the page ,i can not see the pic i offer and i can not see any video in google search result when i search the keyword : “titleist ap2”

    i ranked 20~30 in this keyword , later i also upload 3 or 4 video sitemap, all of them was been indexed,but i can not find them in the google result too.

    so please help, what shell i do?

    thank you for your help!

    • FourBlogger November 9, 2011, 8:14 AM

      It tooks some time, to show your video on Google..

  • buck November 27, 2011, 9:21 AM

    Hey Suresh,

    What are the paths locations for content and player for “viewbix”?

  • digitalpbk November 28, 2011, 3:43 PM

    My videos havent picked up by google, any idea how long does it take ?

    • FourBlogger January 12, 2012, 10:45 AM

      Did you use linkedtube? If yes, currently Youtube doesn’t pick Linkedtube videos.

  • Ants February 29, 2012, 2:23 AM

    Thank You for this post. But is any of this working still?

  • aman khan July 9, 2012, 7:18 PM

    sir really useful article . I was also looking for a video site map. Thanks for this article