Looking at GSC, many URLs on my site are listed as "URL is on Google" and "Page is indexed." However, traffic has TANKED and I just noticed that the URLs that are not doing well are all listed as having been discovered in my image sitemap.
The URLs in question are all properly listed on
sitemap.xml and on
sitemap-image.xml with all the images broken out. The files are both well formatted, no errors are shown, and there are no issues with robots.txt. There are no stray
noindex directives lurking, either.
Do folks think this might explain traffic issues on the affected URLs? And if so, are there any tips for how to correct it, other than removing sitemap-image.xml?