I currently own a site that has 20+ different subdomains. (like foo.google.com and subdomain.google.com) and the XML sitemap generators that i try to use dont go into those sites will i have to do it by hand or is there one that does it for me out there. Thanks in advance

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    Creating a sitemap is completely unnecessary unless you have pages that cannot be crawled using links on your site such as behind a paywall or login. There is no advantage to having a sitemap. Other than that, you will need one for each sub-domain and the parent site and each would exist on each site. In other words, no URLs for sub-domains can exist in the sitemap on the parent domain or another sub-domain. Personally, unless your domain cannot be crawled entirely, I would not bother. Cheers!!
    – closetnoc
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 6:28
  • @closetnoc so why does google want me to upload one for the site. will it decrease rank at all? Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 6:37
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    Sitemaps have nothing to do with rank. As well, sitemaps are only used by Google to audit the ability to crawl a site. Nothing more, unless like I mentioned before, you have pages that are behind a paywall or login. Google talks about creating a sitemap, however, never says you need one.
    – closetnoc
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 7:05
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    Very true. But I once almost lost an account because some piranha tried to convince the client that the lack of sitemaps was causing him irreparable harm SEO-wise. The piranha even showed the client a screenshot of the Google Webmaster Tools page about sitemaps to try to make me look negligent. So now I use them -- but only to give the piranhas one less piece of potential ammunition. Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 4:52

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If you're using a sitemap generator, just enter the URL to the subdomain in the box, and then place the resulting sitemap in the root of that subdomain.

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