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How to Properly Setup Video SEO in WordPress (Step by Step)

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Do you want to learn how to do video SEO in WordPress?

Video SEO is the process of optimizing your videos to rank higher in search engines. This can help you get more traffic from your video content back to your site.

In this article, we will show you how you can set up a video sitemap in WordPress to improve your video SEO, step by step.

How to do video SEO in WordPress

What Is Video SEO?

Video SEO is the process of optimizing the videos on your WordPress website, so they will rank higher in the search results pages.

This is similar to general WordPress SEO best practices but geared toward video content.

There’s a lot you can do to optimize your videos before you embed them in your WordPress blog posts, like choosing the best video hosting.

However, once the videos are live on your website, you need to make sure they are going to bring you maximum traffic.

The best way to do this is by adding a video sitemap to WordPress.

A video sitemap is an XML sitemap that has information about the video content on your site. This can help you generate rich snippets that appear in the Google video search results and increase your blog traffic across the board.

WordPress video SEO search results page

By creating a video sitemap, Google and other search engines will index your posts with the embedded video content.

That way, your video can rank in the search engines and bring more traffic to your posts.

Note: If you use a third-party video host like YouTube, then your YouTube videos and embedded videos can both rank in the search results together.

If you regularly add videos to your posts and pages, then this is a must-have feature.

A WordPress video sitemap plugin will automatically detect when a video is embedded in your blog content and add that to the sitemap, so search engines like Google can prioritize it.

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How to Set Up a Video SEO Sitemap in WordPress With AIOSEO

The best way to add video sitemaps to WordPress is with the All in One SEO plugin. It’s the best SEO plugin for WordPress, used by over 3 million sites.

Google makes formatting these video sitemaps hard, but with the AIOSEO plugin, it only takes a couple of clicks.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

Note: There is a free version of All in One SEO available. But you need the premium version to enable and create video sitemaps.

After the plugin is activated, you’ll have a new All in One SEO menu item in your WordPress dashboard.

Now you need to navigate to All in One SEO » Sitemaps.

On the home screen, make sure that sitemaps are enabled. Click the ‘Enable Sitemap’ slider to turn on sitemaps.

AIOSEO enable sitemap

After that, select the ‘Video Sitemap’ menu option at the top of the screen.

Next, click the ‘Activate Video Sitemap’ button to enable the video sitemap module.

Activate video sitemap module

Now you can view your video sitemap by clicking the ‘Open Video Sitemap’ button.

The index page will list all of your available video sitemaps.

Open video sitemap

When you click on the sitemap link, it will show the list of available video content.

In the screenshot below, you can see that our example WordPress video sitemap contains a list of all blog posts that have an embedded video.

Video sitemap video list

You can further configure your video sitemap settings in the ‘Video Sitemap Settings’ box.

The default settings will be enough for most WordPress blogs. However, you can adjust these depending on your video content needs.

The most common change is adjusting the ‘Post Types’ and ‘Taxonomies’ settings.

For example, if you only want the embedded videos from your blog posts to appear in your sitemap, then uncheck the ‘Pages’ and ‘Attachments’ boxes in the ‘Post Types’ box.

Customize video sitemap post types

Make sure you click ‘Save Changes’ if you have made any changes to the settings here.

You have now successfully added video sitemaps to WordPress, which will improve your video SEO and help you get more traffic from search engines.

Expert Guides on Sitemaps in WordPress

Now that you know how to use a video sitemap to improve video SEO, you may like to see some other guides related to sitemaps in WordPress.

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to properly set up video SEO in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to sell videos online or our expert picks of the best video editing software.

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