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I was wondering what would be the best URL strategy for a multilingual website (for an Italy based company).

I was thinking about and, not showing any content at and redirecting the visitors to the localized site when they try to access

What about buying an additional domain,, and then redirecting to

Are these good ideas? If so, regarding of SEO, which are the best redirect methods for both (to or and the additional (if available) (to

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nice question, waiting good answers. – Amr Elgarhy Mar 11 '10 at 15:06
see also:… – warren Mar 11 '10 at 15:39

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All moreor less the same. Depends on technology etc.

Approaches are:

  •, etc.... problem - these reflect countries, not languages. where do you put english? german (germany, austria?)
  •,, etc. - basically folders
  •,, - subdomains, used for example by wikipedia.

from a SEO point of view there is no difference.

I would go with subfolders or subdomains, NOT with different domains - reason: cookies, common login code etc. is a lot better if you ahve a common domain to hook them up to.

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Fine, but what about redirect methods for to or Is it a good idea to keep empty? – ailith Mar 11 '10 at 15:23

Google just announced New markup for multilingual content. This should make it easier for multi-language sites to deal with translated versions of their website.

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