We submitted a sitemap several months ago, but our site is large enough that generating a new one is time-intensive. How important is it for Google/Bing/Yahoo to have a current sitemap, or can they crawl the site appropriately once the initial one is submitted?
Hi there -
There are two parts to the answer. First, it's very important to have a site map that is both current and does not have any URLs in it that return a status code other than a 200. Even 301 redirected URLs should not be in there. Also, the site map should not have more than 50,000 URLs. If it has more, then create multiple site maps and list them in an index site map.
Second, site maps are a great way to get content *discovered*, but they won't necessarily rank well. You need the URLs to also be easily discoverable on your site through internal linking.
I hope this helps. Feel free to book a call with me if you'd like to discuss more.