A sitemap index file is like a sitemap file for sitemaps. You can list multiple sitemap files in it. If you use a sitemap index file, you can just submit that file for your website in Search Console. Even if you have fewer than 50,000 URLs, you can submit multiple sitemap files. For example, you might want to do that to keep track of different sections of your website, or just in general to make maintenance of your sitemap files a little bit easier. … [Read more...] about Google SEO Snippets Video: Multiple Sitemap Files
John said on Twitter it depends "on how they [the sitemap files] were discovered." He said (a) If submitted via anonymous ping, they're only valid there & lower levels and (b) If you submit them through your Search Console account, they can be valid for any verified site or part of a site. … [Read more...] about Google: Does It Matter Where Your XML Sitemap File Is Located?
This is a bit heartwarming - to see John Mueller back up Joost de Valk and Yoost when someone incorrectly claimed their was a bug with the Yoast SEO plugin causing major Google issues. John from Google came in and backed up Joost, confirming Joost and telling the plugin creator his plugin is not needed. … [Read more...] about Google: Sitemap Files Don’t Need To Be Indexed To Work
The protocol required this to ensure that whoever could modify the Sitemap file also had ownership rights of the URLs listed in the Sitemap. However, this setup was problematic for some sites, including those with multiple domains and subdomains who would have found it difficult or technically infeasible to write Sitemap files to multiple locations. Some sites also found it technically different to write Sitemap files to the root of the domain. … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!
Microsoft said "most sitemaps are under this 10 MB file limit, these days, our systems occasionally encounter sitemaps exceeding this limit." To address that, both Google and Bing expanded that limit to 50MB (52,428,800 bytes). … [Read more...] about Google & Bing Increase File Size Limit Of Sitemap File By 400%