This refers to the optimisation of websites that provide content in multiple languages, or variants of languages. Common issues relate to mechanisms for directing users to content in their language, and addressing difficulties in targeting content to specific search engines.

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How my website will be ranked if I host multilanguage blogs under my domain?

I want to make two weblogs in two different languages under my personal domain, such as blog1.domain.org and blog2.domain.org. I want to optimize my website in such a way that with searchs in either ...
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Facebook “Share” and “Like” buttons always in English even when I specify another language

I'm displaying the Facebook share button on my website, but it always displays in English, even though I followed the guidelines for using another language. Here's my code: <script> ...
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URL strategy for local business and multilingual website [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the best structure for a local business service that has a multilingual website. Actually, the website has a simple structure: www.brand.com/fr/ www.brand.com/en/ I'm considering ...
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Image path for multilingual site? Can I use same image file without rewriting every URL?

Suppose I wanted my website to have www.aaa.com/bbbb www.aaa.com/th/bbbb The first one is the default language while second one is in Thai. I think I should prepared my folder structure like this : ...
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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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Multilingual website Google bot

Introduction I'm working on a project where a website exists out of 2 languages: nl and fr. The website itself is developed in ASP.NET where every page only exists once where the content of the page ...
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Multilingual website without any index file in the root folder

My client has a very simple website with two different languages and I decided to make a separate folder for each language, for example: domain.com/en/ domain.com/de/ But in the root folder there's ...
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Would this be considered duplicate content for a multi-language site, and is it necessary to redirect by language?

Our company now has 2 domains linked to one FTP: site.lt and site.eu In the .lt site, we show the content in the local language In the .eu site, we show foreign languages like site.eu/lv. 1). My ...
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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/ ...
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When using country and language codes in a URL, which goes first?

When running multiple international Websites, is the best practice in language tags to specify firstly the language code then the country code, or vice versa? For instance: ...
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Should I include the current language code in <link rel=“alternate” hreflang=“” />?

I have a multilingual site and I have the following <link rel="alternate" > in the head section. <link href="http://www.example.com/en" rel="canonical" /> <link rel="alternate" ...
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What is the correct and better language code format in URL and hreflang? [duplicate]

From SEO perspective, which language code format in the URL is better and more correct? www.example.com/en-US www.example.com/en_US Is the second format valid for the attribute hreflang in <link ...
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Can I have HTML link element both in headers and sitemap?

For a multilingual site In my sitemap I am using: <url> <loc>http://www.xxxx/en</loc> <changefreq>daily</changefreq> <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" ...
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Multilingual Site - Bing/Yahoo Ignoring Tags

We have a site that we just created in Spanish (regular version is in English). We setup the site following google's recommendations. All seems good on that side. However, today I noticed that ...
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Why popular sites don't use subdomains or subfolders for multi-language translations?

I read many discussions about the epic question: "subdomains vs folders for multi-language sites". However, I'm really curious to know why the big guys (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Vimeo, ...
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Sitemap structure for network of subdomains

I am working on a project that's a network of 2 domains (domain.gr & domain.com.cy) of subdomains similar to Hubpages [each user gets a profile under a different subdomain & there is a ...
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Preventing Google from indexing “.com” instead of “.com/fr” or “.com/en”

I followed the recommendation of Google concerning multilingual website, I have: www.example.com/fr in french www.example.com/en in english www.example.com automatically redirects (header) either to ...
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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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What is the best strategy for multilingual websites [duplicate]

I've been asked to create a site which targets multiple languages. The client is multilingual themselves so coming up with the content in different languages is no problem. My aim is to get the best ...
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Google Analytics and Webmasters Tools for multilingual website

This is the first time I am doing a multilingual website and I have a few issues: I have 3 languages, each in its separated folder: en/, it/, ru/. In the <head> section of each one I have ...
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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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Multi language site - use of canonical link and link rel=“alternate”

I keep reading everywhere that if you have a multilanguage site, where the same page appears in, say, French and English, then this is considered as duplicate content by google. It is written that ...
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Sitemaps: rel=“alternate” hreflang=“x” naming

I'm creating a Sitemap for rel="alternate" hreflang="x", but no where in Google's guidelines do they mention how it should be named. Also can we reference it separately in the robots.txt file, or does ...
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Is it correct to use canonical and alternate hreflang links in the same page?

I have a multilingual site and I think both, canonical URL and alternate hreflang URL should be defined. The URL structure is very simple: Language, tag and page title. Structure: ...
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Does Google use any “Language” flags / tags set within a PDF file when determining its language?

When determining the language of a HTML page, I understand that Google looks at any language declarations that the page owner has set, and then also applies its own language detection algorithms. But ...
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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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Website translation check [closed]

I hope that it is not so stupid question but is there some service or forum where another users (native speakers) can check and review my translated web site? I don't want to check dozens of pages but ...
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Does Google search URLs in different languages

I am building a multilingual website (from Spanish origins) however there will be English, Chinese, Spanish, and French users. We are about to buy a domain however I am confused as to what language I ...
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Do Search Engine Spider's submit POST forms?

If I have content behind a POST form (a select box, in my case) will Googlebot, or other Search Engine Spiders be able to crawl the content behind that form? For example, if I were to have 4 ...
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Google Webmaster Tools - I want to target by language, should I add location targeting?

I have a multilingual site, which I would like to target by language. Google Webmaster Tools provides the option to add a subdomain per language subdomain which can be geotargeted. If I'm more ...
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Directing crawlers to content in language per language sub-domain

I have a site with multilingual website with many pages (40M). The site has UGC, and each translation is actually for the titles. Each sub-domain points to the same content with different titles per ...
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Multilingual website avoiding duplicate content and right referral in SERP

I have a site with UGC in many languages. The translation I'm doing is for the titles so for each page I have multiple copies, one per language. I want to make sure Search engines don't see this as ...
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SEO implications of having multiple languages available at same URL

I am in the process of translating a set of websites to multiple languages. Would there be any negative implications if I were to serve each different language from identical URLs? I fully intend to ...
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Multilingual subdmain on different hosting server: will this be indexed by search engines? [duplicate]

I have a Japanese language sub-domain: ja.example.com, which is hosted by server A. The root domain (example.com) is hosted by server B. They have completely different IP addresses: (e.g.) ...
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Two different domain for specific languages pointing to one site

I developing a client's blog and he needs it to be bilingual (english and spanish). Now what he wants is that users can get to the content based on the domain e.g. John enters www.domain.com and he ...
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Amazon affiliate and multilanguage

I do not know where else to post this question, I hope this StackExchange site is the right one. I have a multi-language site (blog), with several reviews pointing to amazon affiliate product page. ...
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Which domain better for language version?

My company is based in Russia and it's website is mycompany.ru. Now, we are planning to launch German language version and we have option for two domains: mycompany.de germankeyword.ru Which one ...
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Will multilingual URL fix give me SEO juice?

I'm working on a fairly large site, which has multilingual options, but not correctly implemented: Currently: www.example.com/this-is-a-url-of-a-certain-page ...
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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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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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Indexing a multilingual website

I am trying to create a multilingual website using the Django framework, all default content is English. I have added a native translation (Dutch). https://mydomain.com/ redirects to the user request ...
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Directing Multiple ccTLD's to 1 gTLD with a country specific subdirectory?

We have multiple ccTLDomains and are thinking about how to best combine these into one. We want to do this to focus our link building efforts. We are running a website through which we offer a ...
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Multilingual sites and Google search results, using sub-folders for language

About three months ago we added an English version of our, previously Japanese only, site under the subfolder /en/ we've tried to follow the sometimes incomplete best practices laid out by Google by ...
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How to make Google recognize language for a multilingual website?

A few weeks ago I implemented a translation functionality for my company website. The website now offers content in french and English and I took the time to look on various guides on the internet on ...
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How to name image files in multi language site?

I have one site with two languages: English and Spanish for example. What would be the proper convention to name image files? From my point of view it would be stupid to duplicate image and then name ...
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Duplicate content appearing for multi lingual sites

I have a site which has a default url say "http://www.blahblah.com/" (which is default in english language). In my site there is support for multi languages. I am having few links at my home page say ...
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multilingual mobile site and google seo [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I structure my urls for both SEO and localization? What's the preferred SEO compliance for a mobile website that is multilingual ? I have - web: en: ...
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How to inform search engines that my site support multilanguages?

The website i am working on is translated to 8 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese). Each time the user select a language, the URL stays the same as ...
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Multilingual website without language component in the URL

I'm working on a website for Canada which will have French and English versions. For SEO purposes, I would like to avoid using any language tag in URLs because I believe it will have more impact (e.g. ...
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Multilingual Support on a PHP Website

I have a very basic PHP website that is currently setup for two languages like so: lang.en.php - English strings lang.es.php - Espanol strings en/ - folder with PHP pages (PHP first processes the ...