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How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?

When I set up a site in multiple languages, how should I set up my URLs for search engines and usability? Let's say my site is www.example.com, and I'm translating into French and Spanish. What is ...
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Alternative to .htaccess (due to bad performance?)

I've been told that .htaccess should be avoided when possible, as it reduces the server performance and new servers disables it or just don't implement it anymore. I don't know how true this is, but ...
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Value of the HTML5 lang attribute

I'm working on a website which will offer localized content following the language+region approach as described on this W3.org page (e.g. fr-CA for Canadian French content, and fr-FR for "French ...
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How does SEO work for “non standard” languages?

I couldn't find a better word than "non standard" to describe my native language. It is quite an old language and it is spoken by around seven million people. The problem is that most of the people ...
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Difference between meta tags Content-Language and language

What's the difference between these two meta-tags <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="de, en"/> <meta name="language" content="de, en"> Are they both needed?
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For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?

I have a site that have localized content. I would like to know if it's really important to also translate the URL paths to access the content. For example: Today, I'm handling the URLS like these: ...
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Is it better to have one website with two languages or two websites with different languages in terms of SEO?

I would like to know if in terms of SEO, is it better have one website with two languages or two websites with different languages? For example, I would like to have a website with the content in ...
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Best practise for meta tags in various languages

We have a global site, all hosted on one .com domain (www.example.com/en www.example.com/es www.example.com/pt www.example.com/ru etc.) Each language sub directory is identical to one another, apart ...
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When selecting the language of a web page solely with content negotiation, will a search engine ever see different languages?

I've done a simple, small site which basically only consists of a single page. Simplicity and no clutter are very intentional here and (imho) work quite well for this from a UX standpoint. Now I'm ...
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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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Rel = translation

I can't find much online about rel="translation" We have tutorials and manual entries which we are going to get users to translate. If the original page in English is: ...
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HTML Lang ISO Code

I have a multi-language site for English and Chinese (Hong Kong). My previous setting for Chinese Hong Kong (zh-hk) had: <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="zh-hk" ...
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Am I violating AdSense TOS by allowing Google Translate widget to translate into unsupported languages?

DETAILS I want to use a Google Translate widget/plugin on my website. The website is written in English and has AdSense code embedded in it. The website is aimed at a global market, but because of ...
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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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What's the best way to determine users' preferred language?

In determining which language to display content in by default, there are, as far as I know, three basic methods: Examine the Accept headers sent by the browser. Use IP geolocation to determine the ...
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Chrome says my website is Serbian…how do I “force” chrome to use english? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent Google mistakenly offering to translate a page? Our website is based in the U.S. and all of our users are in the U.S. and the site is written in ...
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Using productontology in Schema.org for another language?

I have a site that is in two languages, German and English. For each version of the site I am defining different schema.org markups. For example, the descriptions provided are in German or English ...
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Privacy Policy for english site located in france, owned by italians

i'm really in trouble with the Privacy Policy of my site, cause i'm wondering, if my site is written ONLY in english language, then is located on a french server, then is owned by italians people, ...
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SEO & Multilingual: would be this a good practise?

I am currently making a bilingual website and I'd like to get nice SEO results of course. Here's my idea: The internal links would be composed of the "www" subdomain so that people can share links ...
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Multiple Language Website and SEO [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data? Sorry, this post became a bit loquacious - but I haven't found any satisfactory ...
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How to tell google that 2 different domains are for the same website

I have a website which is in Arabic language, I want to make an English version of my website, but here is the problem: The English version of the website has a TOTALLY different domain than the ...
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Google is displaying “Translate this page” based on a previously registered domain inbound links

I recently started a new project with a newly registered generic tld domain. As soon as Google started indexing the page, it displayed a "translate this page" in SERP's, which tries to translate the ...
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Multilingual Publishing Pack (MLP): make a link to the corresponding page in the another language?

I am helping to build a bilingual website using MLP on TextPattern. It's trivial to put a link to the top level page of another language, but how to put a link to the current page in another language? ...
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SEO - Redirect on first page (site.com -> site.com/en)

I have website with multiple languages and at first entrance it checks for cookie and if no cookie is present then it defaults to English language and redirects to site.com/en. So basically every ...
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How can we find the develpoment language of a specific website? [duplicate]

first of all i m sorry if i post this thread on wrong website. Now my question is: is there any method/trick to find the programming (scripting) language of a website on which that website is ...
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input type=“file” default language is system language?

I have a question, let's say I have <input type="file" name="image" />. Will the text of the button will change if user will have different language as his system default one? If so than how can ...
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My site is showing up in Google's search results with a Norwegian language parameter on the URL

When I make a search on Google and find my website; then I see the URL (the green line below the page title) is saying www.domain.dk/?lang=nb. I found out that nb is short for Norwegian. How do I ...
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Google Analytics what is the differences between same visitor languages

Wondering about my google analytics visitor languages. It shows de and de-de. Is there any difference between them, if yes what do they mean? Is there a possability to get them all together in one ...
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Are inconsistent language tags bad for SEO

Our website offers 3 languages in the following manner: -English: www.example.org/en with <html xml:lang="en" lang="en"> -Spanish: www.example.org/es with <html xml:lang="es" lang="es"> ...
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HTML (4.01) “lang” attribute: Best practice / Browser compat for where to place: HTML or BODY?

I'm just creating a new site from scratch. Each page in that site will have a default language and I'd like the markup to reflect it because there will be multiple languages. I'm using HTML 4.01 and ...
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Which scripting language for server maintenance? [closed]

What scripting do you use for basic server maintenance kinds of tasks, e.g. backups, moving files around, etc.? Do you stick to bash, ruby, perl, something else, or do you mix-and-match for different ...
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Patterns for creating a Language Switcher?

I'm a big fan of the book The Design Of Sites which has patterns for diverse things needed in webmastering and site design. However the topic about translation, localization and internationalization ...
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I have a website with two languages. Should I use a Keyword strategy for each language?

My website has two languages and different URLs for each language. The site is about learning English but the company is Spanish (and located in Spain). We also sell online courses for English ...
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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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Should I just ban everyone who has no language setting?

I am constantly seeing in my logs the same type of visitor: They have no language setting, i.e. $_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE'] == '' so it's empty, and their referrer is some scam server in ...
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Google showing snippets from the corresponding English page when the search and page are in Dutch

I have a website that is in two languages, English and Dutch. The URL structure is the following; domain is like mydomain.nl and and English page has URL mydomain.nl/en/pagename and Dutch has ...
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multilingual domains both crawled and come up to the wrong audience

I have a domain with multilingual support through subdomains. Each language version is identical besides the titles which are translated. e.g.: domain.com ja.domain.com es.domain.com I'm ...
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Transferring users and search engines to a new domain

I've been asked to take over the maintenance of an existing site that's being reworked. At present it's serving localised content for several languages, but via a fairly unhelpful mechanism that ...
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Which languages are supported by reCAPTCHA?

The documentation states that "Any supported language code." is supported, but then says: Which language is used in the interface for the pre-defined themes. The following languages are supported: ...
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I18n website and URL prefix iso639

I'm adding i18n to my website. For translated pages I add iso639 code of the language like this: http://example.com/en/mypage.php But I'm curious about language code. Should I use iso639-1 (en) or ...
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Are there advantages of using hard coded URLs for localization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I structure my urls for both SEO and localization? On the Synergy website, localization is detected (and can be overridden) but uses the same URL for all ...
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Language prefixes

Based on other discussions on this site and elsewhere, using flags to identify languages is the path to madness. Nevertheless, I need an easy way to identify the language of individual content items ...
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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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Will loading meta tags dynamically from a database hurt the site?

I have a website (ASP.NET MVC) which has its contents mainly in Sinhala language. So the search engines will list my site only when someone searches for Sinhala words. But,I need to list my site's ...
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SEO directories - good or bad?

I am building my first blog that will provide quality information about a specific niche ( make up, fashion etc. haven't decided yet ). I am intending for it to be as high on the google page as ...
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How to group language variants in Google Analytics' Users Flow

In Google Analytics' Users Flow, language variants such as en-us and en-gb are shown as different flows. As my website&marketing does not differentiate between language variants, how to group ...
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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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Will a search engine index links with different languages if all apart from the main page are missing the path?

Our website www.websitename.com has three languages E.g: www.websitename.com/it www.websitename.com/en www.websitename.com/fr by going to each of those links you will get all the remaining ...
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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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SEO on multilanguage website URL

I'm setting up a multilanguage website and I would like to have your help to take the best decision as regard SEO. After reading this. I would like to change my URLs from this form ...