Getting Video Previews into Google Search
<video width="600" height="400" controls="controls" preload="true" itemprop="video" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/VideoObject">
<source src="http://yoursite.com/videos/video1.mp4" type="video/mp4" />
<meta itemprop="name" content="Video Name"/>
<meta itemprop="contentURL" content="http://yoursite.com/videos/video1.mp4" />
<meta itemprop="description" content="Video Description" />
<meta itemprop="thumbnailUrl" content="http://yoursite.com/thumbnails/video1.png" />
Just like a sitemap for your HTML content, you need to create a sitemap for your videos first before they are visible in search results. Unfortunately, there's no decent WordPress plugin that lets you do it the easy way. But there might be some other third-party online services that will let you create a sitemap for your videos. Creating a video sitemap is a long topic, and one for another time. We'll hopefully cover that in the next post, so stay tuned. In the meantime, look for an easy online tool that'll let you create video sitemaps for free.
Note: If you're looking for a premium solution, Yoast has just the tool you need, and it also easily integrates with the MediaElements.js video player.
UPDATE: I've completed the post on Creating Video Sitemaps, where I explain in detail how, and why to make a video sitemap. Be Sure to check it out.
Submit to Google
Once you've completed your sitemap, you're all set and ready to go. All you need to do now is to submit your sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools. Log into your GWT account, and submit a sitemap like you would normally submit a website sitemap. Read the following entry to find out more about submitting sitemaps.
If you have any questions or suggestions, or know of any better way to do this, please let us and our readers know in the comments below! Meanwhile, stay tuned for more post on the subject. Cheers :)
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