I run a website serving video content. I run my own player.

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I have added Google’s structured markup to the video tags.

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Here’s the link to test a page.

I also have the sitemap pointing to a video sitemap xml

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But for some reason Google is not picking up these pages as video

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Just two of them are mapped as video of the 115 submitted.

What could be the reason here?

The video recipes are duplicated in another sitemap but I don’t think that’s the reason.

Note: You'll also see it's the same with images.

  • Just because you submit it, doesn't mean it will be indexed.
    – John Conde
    Jul 3 '14 at 13:25
  • @JohnConde It's been around 3 months now.
    – Cherian
    Jul 3 '14 at 15:15
  • I would have expected that Google would have done more by now, but I also see that your Images are low too. It may be that Google is taking it's sweet time which is really not that uncommon even for web pages.
    – closetnoc
    Jul 3 '14 at 16:50
  • @closetnoc The first video was up since November 2013 (9 months now) and images for almost 2 years. So I think there's more to this.
    – Cherian
    Jul 3 '14 at 17:39
  • I agree that is too long. You did not mention how long you had these images and videos on your site. Like I said, I would have expected Google would have done more... may be taking it's time. But knowing it has been 9 months, clearly something is wrong. @bybe is excellent. Perhaps her insights will help.
    – closetnoc
    Jul 4 '14 at 1:26

It's most likely that Google is disliking the fact that you have the videos on the sub domain fruits.example.com rather than the main domain.

If you take a look at Google by doing site:http://www.example.com and click videos your see that the only two videos to be indexed are those actually hosted on the site.


  • <loc>http://www.cucumbertown.com/vegetables-sou-recipe-dish</loc>
  • <loc>http://fruits.cucumbertown.com/etc/vp.swf?recipe=7746</loc>

So you should use <loc>Embed URL not the location of the file</loc>

  • Thanks a lot for this. The two videos that are indexed are in the same domain as the rest are google.com/… Can you tell me a bit more on So you should use <loc>Embed URL not the location of the file</loc> Didn’t catch that.
    – Cherian
    Jul 4 '14 at 6:30
  • Basically <loc>URL where people visit to view the video, not the location of the video file</loc>, I've just checked your video-sitemap.xml and it looks like you've done the required updates. Jul 4 '14 at 10:15

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