A sitemap is an important part of your website because search engines, such as Google, read the file to more intelligently crawl your site. The sitemap tells the crawler which files you believe are important.
But does size matter?
Google webmaster John Mueller recently said there isn’t an ideal size for a sitemap for optimizing a website’s crawl speed. He said in a Reddit thread that the size of a sitemap and the number of sitemap files generally won’t affect crawling.
Muller also said he recommends separating sitemaps into sections that will align with your emphasis areas, specifically using category pages vs. detail pages as an example. Separating the sections will hep you monitor each section individually in Google Search Console. Mueller added that using multiple sitemaps won’t impact crawling or indexing a website.
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