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I already implemented a video sitemap, based on Google's recommendation. Now, I am reading about video markups. The only information, I got on the relationship of both approaches to each other, is:

Use both on-page markup and video sitemaps. A common scenario is to use on-page markup for all of your videos and a video sitemap to tell Google about any new, time-sensitive, or hard to find videos.

Afaik, the video sitemap is more widely supported among search engine providers, e.g. Bing seems to just start supporting JSON-LD.

Is there any reason that speaks for using video markups in addition to video sitemaps?

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If you mean with video markup inline microdata - than i would say no. Video sitemap together with JSON-LD snippet of type http://schema.org/VideoObject are in my opinion absolutely enough.

  • No. I mean video markup as described in the second link. And, this is only supported in JSON-LD. The only reason, I can think of, for using video markup in addition to video sitemap is to get Google to list a video in the search results that wasn't indexed with the help of the video sitemap. – user2486134 Apr 23 '18 at 10:38
  • Google compares current page's content with the state of its summary, like sitemap or shopping feed. And, if states are different, the page's current content is a kind of the fallback, which is taken by Google. So i would say: make your onpage JSON-LD and sitemap always up-to-date. – Evgeniy Apr 23 '18 at 11:38
  • @user2486134: "this is only supported in JSON-LD" -- where does it say that? – unor Apr 24 '18 at 17:42
  • @unor: In the Google Doc, examples are only given for JSON-LD and "JSON-LD with AMP support". Therefore, I assume that nothing else is supported by Google. – user2486134 Apr 24 '18 at 18:28
  • @user2486134: Generally, Google supports all three syntaxes for their search features (JSON-LD, Microdata, RDFa). Certain features only work with some syntaxes, though, but in such a case, Google would typically state this explicitly (the absence of examples doesn’t necessary mean that it’s not supported). However, I have no experience with this video feature, so maybe they just forgot to mention that it only works with JSON-LD. – unor Apr 24 '18 at 19:06

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