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Title: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: Mike Affiliate on December 01, 2010, 09:14:27 PM
Hello,

New to the forum an new to the tool, I just installed 3.0 and input my first URL. Left the settings on "Easy" , ran a scan, selected "Create a Video Sitemap". I didn't know what to do with the "Sitemap File Paths" listed,   so next I selected "Build Now".

My output, which is a bit less than I expected, is as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:video="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-video/1.1">
</urlset>

Is there a way to put data in for various other tags so that I end up with a ouput that looks more like:

 <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
        xmlns:video="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-video/1.1">
   <url>
     <loc>http://www.example.com/videos/some_video_landing_page.html</loc>
     <video:video>
<video:thumbnail_loc>http://www.example.com/thumbs/123.jpg</video:thumbnail_loc>
       <video:title>Grilling steaks for summer</video:title>
       <video:description>Alkis shows you how to get perfectly done steaks every           
         time</video:description>
       <video:content_loc>http://www.example.com/video123.flv</video:content_loc>
       <video:player_loc allow_embed="yes" autoplay="ap=1">
         http://www.example.com/videoplayer.swf?video=123</video:player_loc>
       <video:duration>600</video:duration>
       <video:expiration_date>2009-11-05T19:20:30+08:00</video:expiration_date>
       <video:rating>4.2</video:rating>
       <video:view_count>12345</video:view_count>   
       <video:publication_date>2007-11-05T19:20:30+08:00</video:publication_date>
       <video:tag>steak</video:tag>
       <video:tag>meat</video:tag>
       <video:tag>summer</video:tag>
       <video:category>Grilling</video:category>






   
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: Webhelpforums on December 02, 2010, 06:39:53 PM
Hi,

Please see the video sitemap tutorial (http://www.microsystools.com/products/sitemap-generator/help/video-xml-sitemaps/)

Basicly you need to:

1) Click the "Quick presets..." button and choose video sitemap before scanning website.
2) Make sure your website hosts its videos itself.

Then it should work fine. If it does not, please let me know website URL! (possibly PM/email)


Note: I am planning support for YouTube videos in 3.0.x, but I won't give a guarantee at this point. I need to investigate a few things before I make an absolute promise! However, since hosting videos on YouTube is so popular, I will look into supporting this :)
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: mtf on February 05, 2011, 07:57:18 PM
I am having the same experience. I do host my own videos, they are .flv format in a wordpress blog, and my google video sitemap output looks like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:video="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-video/1.1">
</urlset>

The url is http://markandsheilateam.com

Thanks for any help to get this to run!
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: Webhelpforums on February 06, 2011, 05:10:10 PM
Okay, your website uses .swf files-as-videos (instead of using .swf-as-players)

I will have a new beta for you very soon. I will announce it here, probably tomorrow :)
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: mtf on February 06, 2011, 05:13:30 PM
I'll be looking forward to it. Thanks
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: Webhelpforums on February 07, 2011, 07:29:54 AM
One problem with using swf as video files (instead of e.g. player of .flv files) is that it makes it harder for A1SG to know if it is normal flash content or actually flash video content.

for 3.1.1 I am adding:
1) tag context support so .swf will be flagged "video" if mentioned in some video-related tag/attribute
2) url context support so .swf will be flagged "video" if URL e.g. contains "video" in it

beta out later today
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: Webhelpforums on February 07, 2011, 10:18:15 AM
New beta version uploaded to here:
http://www.microsystools.com/products/sitemap-generator/betas.php

Use it like this:
File | New Project
then use the video sitemap preset
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: mtf on February 07, 2011, 12:40:44 PM
Just ran the beta. Much better. Got usable results. I really appreciate the responsiveness. Here is the result for a single item -

  <url>
    <loc>http://markandsheilateam.com/blog/?m=201007</loc>
    <changefreq>hourly</changefreq>
    <priority>1.0</priority>
    <video:video>
      <video:player_loc allow_embed="yes">http://markandsheilateam.com/flashvideos/shephills/shephills.swf</video:player_loc>
      <video:thumbnail_loc>http://markandsheilateam.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/rrch.png</video:thumbnail_loc>
      <video:title>July &amp;laquo; 2010 &amp;laquo;  Round Rio Rancho</video:title>
      <video:description></video:description>
    </video:video>
  </url>

Below is the sample from the Google webmaster instructions for video sitemaps:

<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
        xmlns:video="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-video/1.1">
   <url>
     <loc>http://www.example.com/videos/some_video_landing_page.html</loc>
     <video:video>
       <video:thumbnail_loc>http://www.example.com/thumbs/123.jpg</video:thumbnail_loc>
       <video:title>Grilling steaks for summer</video:title>
       <video:description>Alkis shows you how to get perfectly done steaks every           
         time</video:description>
       <video:content_loc>http://www.example.com/video123.flv</video:content_loc>
       <video:player_loc allow_embed="yes" autoplay="ap=1">
         http://www.example.com/videoplayer.swf?video=123</video:player_loc>
       <video:duration>600</video:duration>
       <video:expiration_date>2009-11-05T19:20:30+08:00</video:expiration_date>
       <video:rating>4.2</video:rating>
       <video:view_count>12345</video:view_count>   
       <video:publication_date>2007-11-05T19:20:30+08:00</video:publication_date>
       <video:tag>steak</video:tag>
       <video:tag>meat</video:tag>
       <video:tag>summer</video:tag>
       <video:category>Grilling</video:category>
       <video:family_friendly>yes</video:family_friendly>   
       <video:restriction relationship="allow">IE GB US CA</video:restriction>
       <video:gallery_loc title="Cooking Videos">http://cooking.example.com</video:gallery_loc>
       <video:price currency="EUR">1.99</video:price>
       <video:requires_subscription>yes</video:requires_subscription>
       <video:uploader info="http://www.example.com/users/grillymcgrillerson">GrillyMcGrillerson
         </video:uploader>
     </video:video>
   </url>
</urlset>

Although some of this stuff is not really needed, a few of the fields which seem to be critical are not getting picked up, ie, the category, the tags, the description, - all the things which will produce the SEO results. The content is in a Wordpress blog, vers 2.9, and all those things are there. Is there any way to pick these things up for the sitemap? Is there a change I need to make in the blog itself? Thanks so much.
Title: Re: A1 Sitemap Generator 3.0
Post by: Webhelpforums on February 07, 2011, 01:57:06 PM
if you check source of:
http://markandsheilateam.com/blog/?m=201007

you don't have any meta tag with description attribute which is what A1SG pulls. In future it will probably also try pull description from other places as well. (I don't see you have any of those either)

Regarding thumbnails, you also don't have that anywhere on the site. (But A1SG tries pick most suitable which it manages fairly)

By the way, if I were you, I would probably add
"
:?m=
"
as an output filter as well (and then rescan). You probably prefer having one video = one page (also gives better descriptions... When/if available) instead of having "month" blog URLs included in video sitemap. See more at:
http://www.microsystools.com/products/sitemap-generator/help/website-crawler-output-filters/