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Actually you should include sitemap in sitemap if you have lots of URLs. You can provide multiple Sitemap files, but each Sitemap file that you provide must have no more than 50,000 URLs and must be no larger than 10MB (10,485,760 bytes). If you would like, you may compress your Sitemap files using gzip to reduce your bandwidth requirement; however ...


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A sitemap is so that Google can index your pages without having to scrape and investigate every internal link. If you want something indexed, it should be in there. If you don't want it indexed - robots.txt it. It doesn't matter if you use multiple sitemaps or a single large file. There's no limits, advantages, disadvantages outside of management.


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This post is 4 years old, hope the status in not Pending anymore. But this helped me. After 14 days of pending status, I found this link, to PING bing with your sitemap. It's was a kind of awake call for my sitemap. Few hours later, my site was indexed. Upload yous sitemap (but you already did hence the pending status) Typ in your browser: ...


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So long as the entries in the sitemap point to the correct URLs and Google knows to access the sitemap file and is doing so, you're fine. The name of that file is not relevant to the SEO. In other words, my sitemap could be www.mysite.com/f*ckyougoogle.xml and neither the spider nor the algorithm would care.


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In your situation, Don't include "www" because web crawlers that do read the sitemap directive from your robots.txt will attempt to access the "www" version of your sitemap and then be redirected to the non-www version of the URL. Not only will you be wasting a couple extra bytes by including "www", but the crawlers that parse the sitemap directive ...



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