I'm considering nested site maps for a site with many small files. I'm thinking of nesting sitemaps going 3 levels deep into the directories.
Question 1: When you submit nested sitemaps to Google:
Do you have to submit all of the sitemaps
- Do you submit the root sitemap and expect that Googlebot will crawl to deeper levels.
I suspect submitting the root sitemap will suffice.
Question 2: Related Comments from Google, which has this text in it:
A sitemap index file can't list other sitemap index files, but only sitemap files.
Does this mean I can only have the root sitemap reference other sitemaps? Or, in other words, I can't go three levels deep such as:
sitemap +-----sitemap +-----sitemap +-----sitemap
I should only go two levels deep (root to all other sitemaps)?