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How Important Are Video Sitemaps to Video SEO?

Video SEO, sitemaps, and squarespace

5:24 pm on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone know how important video sitemaps are for video SEO?

I'm trying out Squarespace for a client and it doesn't seem to allow sitemaps, which leads me to ask

1) How important are video sitemaps for video SEO? How greatly will it affect my indexing and SERP?

We do a lot of video for clients. Is not having a sitemap going to be a dealbreaker for Squarespace?

Would love your thoughts.

6:03 pm on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld!

Google recommends video site maps to help get videos indexed in Google. Their site maps follow basic site map protocol.

You say that SquareSpace does not seem to allow video site maps and then ask if not having one will be a deal breaker. The site map is helpful for search engines to identify videos, I'm not sure having one will affect your relationship with SquareSpace, but it will help your video's placement in the major search engines.

Here is Google's info on video site maps. [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]

6:33 pm on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the quick help and link travelin cat,

I've had good results using video sitemaps in the past and have never not used them, so don't know what the damage is. Working with Squarespace is new to me. I think I'm going to run a test - one with on a Wordpress site and one without on Squarespace to see if there's any significant difference in ranking and/or thumbnails showing up.