I have noticed in a few articles that xml sitemaps for Multilingual websites are setup like this...


Is there an SEO benefit or disadvantage for me setting them up like this...


It depends on your Search Console setup:

  • If you have certain GSC properties for every language subfolder, then it is OK, to place language sitemaps in their according subfolders.
  • But if you have a single GSC property for the whole domain, then it is highly recommended to place all sitemaps into the root.
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There isn't any SEO benefit, depends on you and your sites structure.

You can either list them individually under each sub-folder:

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Or you can create a sitemap index place it on your root folder and list all you regional sitemaps or even a combination of both, personally i prefer having a sitemap index things are looking more well structured.

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