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International Targeting “no return tags”

Google Webmaster Tools has added an International Targeting Report to show hreflang errors. There's a section that reports "no return tags" errors with Originating URL & Alternate URL columns. ...
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How to deal with yet-to-be-translated, placeholder content on a multi-language site?

I'm working on a site where we have many different languages (about 24). When a content piece is authored in English, it is automatically copied to all language sites where it will be later translated ...
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How does Google determine duplicate content when it's translated into different languages?

I was wondering how duplicate content in another language works. Google requests that you use canonical links to determine duplicate content or duplicates of your pages to avoid duplicate content in ...
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Should mobile webpages have hreflang links to non-mobile pages?

My site has multilingual links, which are specified like this on non-mobile pages: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://mydomain.com/page" /> <link rel="alternate" hreflang="jp"...
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Should I specify both <a rel=“alternate”> and <link rel=“alternate”> for multilingual websites?

I have read Google's recommendations regarding <link rel="alternate"> in the <head> for multilingual websites. As far as I know, we can also use rel="alternate" on <a> tags, and so ...
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Using hreflang to specify a catchall language

We have a site primarily targeted at the UK market, and are adding a US-market alternative. As per Google's recommendations: To indicate to Google that you want the German version of the page to ...
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I used rel=“canonical” and hreflang=“x-default”, but global site is missing and receiving “no return tags” error

Here is a sample of the code <link rel="canonical " href="http://www.kaspersky.com/anti-virus-trial" hreflang="en" /> <link rel="alternate" href="http://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/free-home-...
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How much time does it take for Google Webmaster Tools to report 'hreflang' tags?

I have a properly indexed site by Google with a few hundred pages, most of the pages re-crawled on a daily basis (according the crawl stats offered by Google Webmaster Tools). Last week, I have added ...
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Which is the best choice for SEO sitemap for multilingual website?

In my site when someone access directly the domain.com or any other url that does not contain country indication like domain.com/contact, the language content is shown based on his IP. for example if ...
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Is defining an hreflang sufficient to avoid duplicate content penalties between US and UK sites with nearly identical content?

A client we work with has two online stores - a US version and a UK version, under separate domains. These stores have the same content and provide the same products, they're intended to be alternate ...
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SEO - Does Google properly handle hreflang tags with links that just change the language settings in a session cookie?

I am currently working on a website that is available in multiple languages. I put some effort in atomatically detecting the users preferred language. This itself is working great. I also offer ...
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How to SEO pages with adaptively loaded alternative language on same URL?

So, when each page has content on it's own language we use HREFLANG attributes and it's all fine. But now, if I build a page in English but if user picks to display it in another language, I won't ...
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How should I approach sitemap.xml, hreflang and regions for my website

I am a developer on a large site which regionally targets some content with a specific url. Is it technically correct to target the countries in those regions in the sitemap.xml and point them to the ...
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How do I get my site's content to show up in other languages on google search when locale is stored in a cookie

I'm using setting the locale for each user by detecting the browser's language header and storing it in a cookie to display my site's content. Users can also select the language and change the locale, ...
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hreflang tag to be added on each page of the website or only on homepage?

I'm planning to add hreflang attribute to my websites which are in different languages, including my main website which is in English. So I have few questions regarding this. Is the hreflang ...
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Canonical and hreflang implementation for international desktop and mobile site versions

I have an interesting case and I am lost in it. There are two versions of the site: desktop and mobile. And there are also international versions: English and Spanish. I'm stuck at implementation of ...
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Google sitemap HrefLang tag without the main site url

We have websites with multilingual content. e.g. http://www.example.com/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-HK/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-GB/about-us/ http://www.example.com/zn-...
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Google Webmaster Tools incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation warning message

I'm getting this warning message in Google Webmaster Tools: Incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation In particular, there seems to be a problem with missing or incorrect bi-directional ...
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'no return tags' on '/' url

hreflang 'no return tags' error, caused because the empty slash '/' url links to a page that links back to '/index.php'. Shouldn't Google Webmaster Tools be smart enough to recognize that this is a ...
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Incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation

Google Webmaster Tools advised the following to us: We have noticed that on a number of the pages on your site the rel-alternate-hreflang implementation is incorrect. In particular, there ...
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Can hreflang be used for city-specific content?

I know that I can use hreflang for country specific content in order to avoid duplicate content, but what about city or state specific content? Is that possible, and if not, how do I deal with it?
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Do all pages have to be added to XML Sitemaps?

I'm planning to add an XML Sitemap to a client's existing website. According to this, it will help define the difference between the root website (aimed at UK) and the US website (aimed at the United ...
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hreflang tag for different design and different site?

We are going to extend our business to a different language and brand (English, abc.com) rather than our local one (German, bcd.com). Whilst the content for both focuses on same subject, the design ...
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hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags

We are using hreflang tags in our sitemaps and we're currently experiencing a number of issues with errors in WMT suggesting 'no return tags' and 'your site has no hreflang tags' that don't seem ...
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English content on International page templates: how to mark it up with lang=“” attributes?

So, I have translated page templates to various languages so it's easier for users to pick their language for easier navigating and understanding the site. The pages have similar markup to this ...
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Combining hreflang links, canonical tags and xml:lang on multilingual, multiregional and multi-subdomains websites?

I have a multilingual and multiregional (using different subdomains) website and I'm not sure how to handle those 3 elements. To summarize here are the hreflang links that I generate on each page (...
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How to add hreflag tags to Prestashop to prevent Google Search Console warnings

I have a Prestashop multi languages site, and I started to notice some warning in the webmaster tools of Google that my site is lacking hreflang tags. Is there something in Prestashop to handle the ...
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International targeting with a single language

I was going through tons of documentation, forums, stackoverflow, etc trying to figure out what is the correct way to target international audience with a single language. The only thing that I could ...
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hreflang and no return tags with canonicals

my question is in direct response to the following question... Canonical vs HREFLANG I am in a similar situation. However we are using canonicals in each country to handle duplicated content caused ...
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Multi Regional Webmaster Tools Targeting

We have a multi regional website which uses a two character string after the main domain to define which region's content to show e.g. http://www.example.com/uk/ is the domain with English content ...
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link rel=“alternate” and hreflang : targeting country independently of language

The content of the website www.example.com is highly dependent on the country of the user, but not so much on his language. So far, the website is translate into two languages, "en" and "de", but it ...
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“No return tags” when using a XML sitemap

This questions is basically a duplicate of hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags, which got no responses, so I'm asking myself in turn. I'm not using HREFLANG tags in my HTML; ...
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Is Double-Annotating HREFLANG always alright? What if I remove one of them?

I'm managing a website that has a US section and a UK & International section. Let's say these are divided as: website.com/ website.com/us The website has hreflang implemented correctly as ...
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What is the SEO impact of hreflang attributes pointing to non-existent pages?

One of our clients got a huge international eCommerce website. We advised them to use the hreflang attribute since most of their product pages exist on all of their web shops. However, there are also ...
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Hreflang UK and USA? subdomains

i read an article which says "If you have multiple language versions of a URL, each language page must identify all language versions, including itself". Both the UK and USA urls contain the same ...
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How to set default hreflangs for some languages?

I want to make a site with different versions for 2 countries, which have the same language. Then I need to do the same for another language. Basically I want to have 6 versions of the site: UK ...
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Does a 'en' locale version of a webpage trump a 'en-us' version with search engines?

I have an ecommerce site with different store views for different regions. In the UK there is a 'en-gb' locale version priced in GBP, in the US there is a 'en-us' version priced in USD and also a 'en' ...
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hreflang tags for language folders (in URL) - only when content is translated?

An SEOer that has some experience with TLDs and language folders told me the following: If you use language folders in site (like example.com/en/, for all English pages), I should also give hreflang ...
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Google complains about missing hreflang tags despite documentation that says only a canonical tag should be used for untranslated conent

I followed a Google tutorial for profile pages on my website. The tutorial claims: For sites that have their template localized but the keep their pages’ main content untranslated: Step 1: ...
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Shall I add hreflang on pagination sites which are using rel=“prev” and rel=“next”?

At the moment I am using the current solution for pagination (without the view-all solution): <link rel="prev" href="http://www.example.com/category/blablabla/page/2" /> <link rel="next" ...
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Does Googlebot use hreflang for link discovery?

Does anyone know if Googlebot will follow and index web pages that are only listed in the head of a HTML page with a link-hreflang element? <link hreflang="fr" rel="alternate" href="http://example....
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How to solve error: Missing return tags hreflang in multilanguage website

I have a multilanguage website, which has the following properties: It does not have a .com/ page, it always usex suffixes for every language, i.e. example.com/es, example.com/en, etc. I have ...
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Does hreflang and rel=“alternate” work with completely different URLs?

I'm currently working on a project and it will support localization. I'm trying to find out in what sense the rel="alternate" and hreflang="" works. Does the URL have to be similar? Or can the entire ...
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Should href lang links be deep or point to the home page?

I have a website http://www.example.com/convert.html and would like to have multilanguage versions of the website; for example German (http://www.example.com/de/konvertieren.html) and French (http://...
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Does translating just the navigation but leaving the content untranslated lead to duplicate content SEO problems?

Imagine there is a page with video, it has hreflang tags setup, to lead let's say German visitors to /de/ folder. So, on that German version of page, everything like menus, navigation and such are in ...
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How to implement hreflang on a single domain?

Large amounts of a company's (English) content are duplicated across the following ccTLDs: example.co.uk example.com example.au example.ie example.co.nz The issue is that, realistically, we can ...
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Setting proper hreflang tags for google

There is one Website for the main company translated in two languages: main-company.com/en/ main-company.com/de/ The company also has a subsidiary, linked under: main-company.com/en/subsidiary....
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English version of my site is showing up in Google.sv instead of the Swedish version of my site

I have a website that's in English on example.com and in Swedish on example.com/sv. I have corresponding hreflangs for each language. <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://example.com/"&...
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Google Search Console: alternate URLs in XX that do not have return tags

on http://example.com/ server response with (response based on Accept-Language header): HTTP/1.1 301 Found Location: /en/ on http://example.com/en/ in page <head></head>: <link rel="...
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href lang annotations in xml sitemap file displays issues

Following Google guidelines for creating an sitemap.xml file to add a href lang annotations, I'm getting display issue when viewing the sitemap.xml file in my browser. Instead of looking like a ...