Q and A: Does it matter if my XML and HTML sitemap file names are the same?

QuestionDear Kalena…

About sitemaps. I of course have the sitemap.xml loaded and registered with Google and Yahoo. I also have a sitemap.html for site users. Is it ok for their names to be so similar, or should I rename the user sitemap something like usersitemap.html?

Thanks,
Rob

Dear Rob

It’s not a problem. Search engines recognize that XML and HTML are two completely different file types. As long as you have uploaded and verified your XML file to Google and Yahoo sitemaps, they will be found and indexed accordingly and you can continue to link to your sitemap.html file so users can find it.

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