SEO News You Can Use: Sitemap Size Doesn’t Really Matter For Google

Brandon George
Published Nov 04, 2019 by Brandon George in SEO News, SEO News You Can Use
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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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Written by Brandon George

Brandon George
Brandon George became the editor of SEOblog.com in 2019. He manages all of the website's content, editorial staff and guest contributors. Since February 2019, he's also served as the Digital Marketing Editor for Thrive Internet Marketing Agency. Previously, he spent 23 years as a professional journalist. He was a senior writer for The Dallas Morning News for 18 years, which included covering the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons.

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