Multiple Sitemaps: How To Submit A Sitemap Index

There are 50,000 URLs or 50MB in size file allowed for the sitemap. Multiple sitemaps help when this condition exceeds then you can submit these sitemaps XML location to sitemap index. You can do this by creating a single sitemap file. The sitemap only contains the 200 response code URL. Therefore redirects and URL blocked by robots.txt are not allowed in the sitemap.

Sitemap index syntax

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<sitemapindex xmlns="">

Note: You can submit your sitemap within the sitemap tag. Compressed .gz file is not necessary. If you have a compressed gzipped file then you can submit it like in syntax. 

Multiple sitemaps files supported by Google search engine and these files you can submit in Google webmaster tools. Below you can see some file formats:
  • XML that is described below
  • TEXT sitemap file contains only URL list that you want to submit means you don't need to add coding like an XML format
  • RSS-ATOM feed sitemap includes feeds published on the RSS feed platform and if you want to submit a sitemap in Google search console you can do adding the RSS.xml after the
Google handles all these sitemap formats very well. Google does not currently include means consume the attribute <priority> in sitemaps.

Note: Sitemap has 0.0 to 1.0 priority levels. By default, it is set to 0.5 and the higher number tells it is more important, and with this page may index more often and/or appear above other pages from the same site in the result.

Create a sitemap - XML Format
Basic xml

Notice XML tags and learn how you can implement them. Read more about the above image XML sitemap code definition and its meaning on

Video Sitemap

Here is a sample video sitemap with one page hosting one video. This example includes all of the tags that Google uses.

Video sitemap

Video sitemap Tags description.

  • <loc> used for URL location.

  • <video:thumnail_loc> used for thumnail location.

  • <video:title> used to tell the video title.

  • <video:description> tag is used to tell video description.

  • <video:content_loc> tag used to tell the exact location of video content.

  • <video:player:loc> you can specify your player with this tag.

  • <video:duration> tag tells the full length of video content.

  • <video:expiration_date> tag used when your video content gets expire on a particular date.

  • <video:rating> tag used to instruct the user about video popularity ratio.

  • <video:view_count> tag used to tell the number of views on the video.

  • <video:publication_date> tag used to publish the video on an exact date.

  • <video:family_friendly> tag tell your content can be viewed with family and it is secure.

  • <video:restriction relationship="allow"> tag is telling you can not view if you are not a subscriber.

  • <video:price_currency="EUR"> tag help to receive payment with require currency.

  • <video:reqiures_subscription> use yes for paid video content.
The last three tags used in case you are providing the paid video.

Image Sitemap

image sitemap
The image Sitemap tags are defined in the above image. You must use XML version and encoding and also XML namespace. Use schema with attribute "xmlns" under <urlset> tag. You can add multiple images with <image> tag. <loc> tag contains URL's location and <image:loc> tag used for image location.
Note: Flash is no longer supported in most mobile Web browsers, and is planned to be deprecated by Adobe in 2020. I recommend using a different format, such as HTML5.

Google's help article: Sitemaps for the same directory

WordPress Plugin For Sitemap

You can Install this WordPress sitemap plugin and save your time for sitemap creation. Some people say that you can Submit up to 500 page URL for a sitemap index file But actually, you can submit a 50,000 URL's set that should be equivalent to 50 MB in size.

WordPress Sitemap Plugin

WordPress sitemap plugin.

You can manage Your Sitemaps according to the guidelines of Google.

Three Statements That Apply To XML Sitemaps 

When you are new in the SEO then you might make a mistake. So I am telling which are the statements that are true for XML sitemaps and what are the myths about it. I am sharing the question-answer image for your understanding.
Truth about xml sitemaps
The accurate truth about XML sitemaps is listed in the image. Three things are true, the first one only use 200 response code URLs, second is Gzip compression and UTF-8 encoding is recommended, and third, you should use the sitemap for the extensive website.

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