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what size limits are there for google xml sitemaps



12:59 am on Oct 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are there any limits regarding the file size or the number of links for a google xml sitemap?
My sitemap index has 2 pages, one of them has 21,000 links and has a file size of 3MB
Is that acceptable by google?


9:07 am on Oct 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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10:26 am on Oct 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

The limit is 50.000 Urls after that you get sitemap1 2 3 etc. No problem having several.


2:00 pm on Oct 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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3MB for 21,000 links is allot! Try removing all white space and tabbing.


3:08 pm on Oct 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You're right, I also thought its too big.
The script that I'm using for my IPB forum produce a daily sitemap. Each url has a the following info produced:

- <url>
- <loc>

Are all those info necessary to google? you think I better reduce one or 2 lines to keep the file size smaller?


9:31 am on Oct 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You only need the header stuff and <loc> (You can even use you RSS 2.0 feed if it maps the whole site). You can create your own dynamic sitemap if you use a database (very easy).

View the source in notepad and make sure there is no white space.

I did not use the last modified field because it would only work if I change the content from the database and not register site changes such as navigation and SEO changes.


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