Image Sitemaps Help Google Understand Which Images You Want to Be Indexed
Google can find images to index in the source code, but Sitemaps can help them to confirm which images you want to be indexed.
Google News Sitemap is Fastest Way to Get Pages Crawled for Publishers
Submitting a Google News sitemap is the fastest way to get Google to crawl pages for publishing sites.
Nested Sitemap Index Files Aren’t Supported by Google
Google doesn’t support nested sitemap index files, where one sitemap references another one. Instead set up separate sitemap index files and submit them separately.
You can use non-English Language Locations Names in Image Sitemaps Geolocation Tags
You can use non-English languge names for locations in Image Sitemaps geolocation tags. You can test them by searching for the location in Google Maps and see if Google can figure out where the location is. John thinks that Google’s algorithms may not use the information.
It’s Normal for Google to Index XML Sitemap Files
If you see an XML sitemap file showing in the search results when you search for a specific URL on your website, this is normal and won’t cause any issues. If you don’t want XML sitemaps to be indexed, then add an x-robots tag in the HTTP header.
Only Use Sitemap Files Temporarily for Serving Removed URLs to be Deindexed
Sitemap files are a good temporary solution for getting Google to crawl and deindex lists of removed URLs quickly. However, make sure these sitemaps aren’t being served to Google for too long.
Use X-Robots-Tag HTTP Header to Noindex Indexed Sitemap Files
If sitemap files are indexed for normal search queries, then you can use the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header to noindex all pages ending in .xml or .gz.
Compressing Sitemaps Saves Bandwidth But Doesn’t Reduce Processing Time
Compressing sitemap files using Gzip can save bandwidth but doesn’t impact the speed that Googlebot processes these files.
Check URLs Match Exactly When GSC Reports a URL is Not in a Sitemap
If the URL Inspection tool says a page is indexed but not submitted in the XML sitemap, John recommends checking that the exact URL seen in Search Console is present in the sitemap. For example, you should check that there are no differences with trailing slashes or the case used.