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Sitemaps for large (1 mil+) websites?
DiscoStu




msg:3911349
 9:19 pm on May 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've hard that if your website is large enough you need to use several sitemaps...anyone know anything about this?

 

Demaestro




msg:3911365
 9:41 pm on May 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have seen them categorized.

You click sitemap and you are presented with a list of categories...... example

Sales
Media Releases
Corporate Info
Franchises

Then clicking a category heading gives you a sitemap for that category, or even more sub categories.

It is more about ease of use then what is "the right way"

JonW




msg:3911395
 10:54 pm on May 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

If your talking about sitemap protocol, use a sitemap index file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<sitemapindex xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
<sitemap>
<loc>http://www.example.com/sitemap1.xml.gz</loc>
<lastmod>2004-10-01T18:23:17+00:00</lastmod>
</sitemap>
<sitemap>
<loc>http://www.example.com/sitemap2.xml.gz</loc>
<lastmod>2005-01-01</lastmod>
</sitemap>
</sitemapindex>

DiscoStu




msg:3911403
 11:03 pm on May 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

So you mean create an xml sitemap that points to the sub sitemaps?

JonW




msg:3911466
 12:40 am on May 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well the specification isn't identical, but that's the idea.

AnkitMaheshwari




msg:3911566
 4:21 am on May 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Don't have more than 50K URL's in one sitemap, if you can creating it for Google.

maximillianos




msg:3917342
 7:27 pm on May 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yup, 50k is the limit for G. We use multiple sitemaps to accommodate this restriction.

jkovar




msg:3922814
 5:47 am on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

Start here
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/docs/en/protocol.html#sitemapFileRequirements

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