To show a thumbnail image in Google search results for your website, you need to follow these steps:
- 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.
- 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:
<meta name="thumbnail" content="https://www.example.com/images/thumbnail.jpg">
- 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.
- 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.