To Split or Not to Split Sitemaps: Pros and Cons

Deciding whether to split sitemaps or not depends on the scale and structure of your website. In some cases, splitting sitemaps can be beneficial, while in other cases, using a single sitemap is more suitable.

Reasons to split sitemaps

  1. Easy management: If your website is large with numerous pages, splitting sitemaps helps you manage and update content more easily.
  2. Function-based division: Splitting sitemaps according to different functional sections of your website (e.g., blog, products, services) aids users and search engines in accessing specific areas of interest.
  3. Improving indexing: Smaller sitemaps can enhance indexing speed and the search performance of your website.

How many links should a sitemap contain?

 There's no specific number for the maximum links in a sitemap, but you should generally aim to limit the number of links to ensure the sitemap doesn't become overly large. Google's guidelines suggest that a sitemap should have a maximum of 50,000 URLs and should not exceed 50MB in size.

How to split sitemaps

  1. Categorize content: Identify different types of content on your website, such as blog posts, product pages, service pages.
  2. Create sub-sitemaps: Based on categorization, create sub-sitemaps for each type of content. Use XML format and include links and supplementary information.
  3. Link sub-sitemaps: In the main sitemap or in the robots.txt file, add links to the sub-sitemaps. This informs search engines about all the sitemaps of your website.

Note that when splitting sitemaps, ensure that sub-sitemaps still provide sufficient information and are linked together to help search engines understand the structure of your website.