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Separating Xml Sitemap Into Categories

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#1 andyjv


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:43 AM



I'm currently reviewing our websites sitemap which has over 3,000 URLs in it. 


I've recently read a report recommending the sitemap is segmented into different categories (such as one for DVDs, one for games for example). The report can be found here (REMOVED) in the XML & HTML Sitemaps section. 


This would make it easier to find any errors with crawling. 


My question is - does this sound like a smart idea? Is there any value to running this technique?


Many thanks in advance.



Edited by chrishirst, 05 November 2013 - 02:04 PM.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:16 PM

Well given that most of the drivel on that "report" hasn't been "fact" in this century, you should treat his "expert knowledge" with a very large "pinch of salt".



No more than 100 links per page, really!!!




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Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:37 PM

There is a small advantage to creating multiple site maps (I'm referring here to the XML file). If you have a large site, then breaking it up into one sitemap per section will help you see if there are issues, based on what percentage of the URLs in each file get indexed. On a really big site, with millions of URLs, it's pretty much essential.


I'm not sure 3000 pages is enough to justify a need for separating things out, but if you find it convenient, and if you think problems might exist in your information architecture, causing indexation problems for particular sections, it might be worth doing.

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