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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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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Best SEO Practice for mutli-language site? [duplicate]

I'm designing a website for a company, which asks for both the local language (Turkish) and english. so should I adjust my URLs like this: www.company.com/projects www.company.com/projeler ...
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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 ...
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How does google react to duplicate pages with text in a different language?

If there is a copy of a site in another language, but with same resource filenames, does Google not like the fact that the resources aren't in the same language as the page?
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Missing data for specific language in Google Analytics [closed]

We have a multilingual website, Swedish (default), English, Norwegian. Google Analytics tracking code (the same code for all languages) is present on all pages. Problem: We get data for the default ...
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Make DotNetNuke Multilingual

I have a site with DotNetNuke and I want to create content available in different languages. I was checking the DNN options and I can choose a language, but it doesn't change my content. Not even the ...
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3 language website using subdomains and mapped domains. Add subdomains or mapped domains to WMT?

I have a new wordpress multisite setup. The main language is Italian and there are two subdomains using en and de for english and german. There is no auto translation plugins being used. The ...
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Multiple domains with one host - SEO point of view

Lets say I currently own the mycompanyname.com domain. After some time, I found that it's very hard to rank at the top of the SERPs. After searching, I find there is domain that matches one of my ...
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Redirect from the main page on multilanguage site

I've decided to start developing multilingual web site. Now I'm thinking about the structure. The idea is to use a simple algorithm to find out what language is most interesting to the visitor when he ...
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Hosted website building solution for a multilingual website

I am looking for a hosted website builder / toolkit (like Jimdo and Weebly), which supports multilingual websites. I would like to create different language versions of my website. The detection of ...
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SEO optimization multiple region site, domains and multilingual site

I am taking SEO of our website to another level. I read a lot about it and study all aspects of how to properly handle multiple domains and languages. For now we use three domain names www.myurl.eu, ...
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Multilingual site and Google search

I have a multilingual site with only one domain www.mydomain.com, this domain serves content in English and Norwegian. And language is handled using a server side session parameter, which is triggered ...
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Different Title/Description for Google in different regions

I have multilanguage website targeting by subdomain: http://en.site.com/ - Displays only contents in English http://de.site.com/ - Displays only contents in German ... http://site.com/ - Displays ...
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http-equiv=content-language alternative - the way of specifying document language

Lots of web sites uses following meta tag to specify the default language of the document: <meta http-equiv="content-language" content="es-ES"> When I go to W3C site and read about HTML ...