I am trying to add the <image> tag to my sitemap, but even trying to look at the XSD , as mentioned by Google at http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=183668 , I get 404 Error not found (the XSD link: http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1 ). How is that possible? Is there anyway I can validate it without the XSD?

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You can find your answer in the same link you passed (http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=183668), in the section Sitemap Extensions.

  • Sorry Dave, just saw your answer. I read the mentioned section, but maybe I am not getting something... As I wrote, I did include the images name space as required. The problem with the URL given by the documentation (sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1) is that it does not exist (page not found). Maybe I am missing something with the way I should validate my XML with that name schema?
    – Joel
    Commented Nov 21, 2010 at 10:32
  • @Joel, yeah, I think you didn't pay the attention to that section. Note that header example has xmlns:image="sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1" link, but in the Sitemap Extensions section, they inform: xmlns:image="google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1". As you can see, the correct namespace is within google domain, not sitemap. Commented Nov 21, 2010 at 13:49
  • thanks Dave! I missed that one :/ Weird why at the beginning of the page they have the sitemaps.org site in the tag and later on they change to Google ...
    – Joel
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 7:52
  • @Joel: yeap, really strange indeed, but we know those things can happen. Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 11:16

If you are looking for schema validation, you need to also reference the proper XSD files:

<urlset xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation= "http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9 http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1 http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1/sitemap-image.xsd" xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1">

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