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

http://example.com/sitemap_fr.xml
http://example.com/sitemap_en.xml
http://example.com/sitemap_es.xml

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

http://example.com/fr/sitemap.xml
http://example.com/es/sitemap.xml
http://example.com/en/sitemap.xml
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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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