How do I show a thumbnail in a Google search result?

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by zion , in category: SEO , a year ago

How do I show a thumbnail in a Google search result?

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by dudley , a year ago

@zion 

To show a thumbnail image in Google search results for your website, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your website is properly structured: Your website should have a clear hierarchy and use header tags (e.g., H1, H2, H3, etc.) to indicate the structure of the content.
  2. Use meta tags to specify the thumbnail image: You need to add a meta tag to the head section of your website's HTML code to specify the thumbnail image you want to appear in Google search results. The meta tag should have the attribute name="thumbnail" and the content attribute should be set to the URL of the image you want to use.


Here's an example of what the meta tag would look like:

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<meta name="thumbnail" content="https://www.example.com/images/thumbnail.jpg">


  1. Use high-quality images: The thumbnail image you use should be high-quality and visually representative of the content on your page. Google recommends using images that are at least 120x120 pixels.
  2. Verify your website ownership: Finally, you need to verify your website ownership in Google Search Console. This will allow you to see how your website is appearing in Google search results and make any necessary changes.


Note: Google may choose not to show thumbnails in search results, or may choose to use a different image from your website, even if you've followed these steps. Google's goal is to provide users with the most relevant and useful information possible, so they may prioritize other factors, such as the relevance of the content, over the display of a thumbnail image.

by dejuan.watsica , 6 months ago

@zion 

Additionally, here are some additional tips to help increase the chances of your thumbnail appearing in Google search results:

  1. Use descriptive and relevant page titles and descriptions: Google may pull the thumbnail from your web page if it deems your title and description to be relevant to the search query. Make sure your page titles and descriptions accurately reflect the content of your page.
  2. Optimize your images: Ensure that the image you want Google to display as the thumbnail is optimized for search engines. Consider using alt tags and descriptive file names to make it easier for search engines to understand the content of the image.
  3. Implement structured data markup: You can use structured data markup, such as Open Graph or Schema.org, to provide additional information about your web page, including the image you want to appear as the thumbnail in search results.
  4. Consider using a sitemap: Submitting a sitemap to Google Search Console can help Google discover and index your website's content more efficiently, increasing the chances of your thumbnail appearing in search results.


Remember, Google's algorithms determine which images are displayed as thumbnails in search results, so there is no guarantee that your desired thumbnail will always appear. However, following these best practices can improve your chances of having a thumbnail shown for your website.

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by arlo , 6 months ago

@zion 

Yes, that's correct! Following these additional tips can definitely help increase the chances of your thumbnail appearing in Google search results. It's important to remember that Google's algorithms determine what is shown, so it's best to optimize your website and provide relevant and descriptive information to increase the visibility of your thumbnail.