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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Multilanguage Website with language parameters inside URL and HTACCESS redirect

I'm experiencing an issue using the Google webmaster tools. My Website homepage is being redirected to the correct language version according to user's browser language. For example if a user from UK ...
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Multi-country redirection where US is not the main site and it's SEO implications

We run a custom built e-commerce platform. We started in Canada and our main site was thus built to serve canadian buyers. When we expanded into the US, we added a /us sub-folder as an identifier. We ...
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Folder architecture for a multilanguage website with multiple index.html files

I just translated my website into French. As usual, the original version of the site has its index.html file in the root directory, where is also the rest of the pages in English. I created an /fr/ ...
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Is it dangerous to change the default language page to be the x-default page?

I haven't specify the x-default page yet. Instead of that the the baseurl of the website specified with <link rel=alternative> as the default language "Arabic". Is it dangerous (I may lose ...
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Why Google recommendations for multilingual urls don't correspond to what they use (hl=xx)?

Google's recommendations for multilingual sites say that: URL parameters site.com?loc=de Not recommended But they use them for all their services like: google.com, play.google.com, support....
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Multiple domains & one installation - SEO penalty?

I have 3 Wordpress instances of the same site in different languages hosted in different regions - Ireland, Russia and Spain. The 3 sites are code identical - just the content is different. I'm ...
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How many Google Adsense Ads for Multilingual Website

For a multilingual website is it better (in terms of income) to have an ad that serves each language or only one ad that serves all languages? I know that Google adsense knows how to get the language ...
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Landing page on multi language site: Canonical AND x-default

I read so many tutorials about canonical and alternate x-default, but I am still not a 100 per cent sure if this is correct: I have a multi language page that is structured like this: https://www....
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How to make a local (ccTLD is .at) site global? [duplicate]

we have a news website in Austria (ccTLD is .at) and its URL address is like so www.example.at and now we wish to expand globally and include other language versions like english, french etc. We ...
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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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Content language different to menu language and SEO

I have built a website for a client following Google's multi-language website guide. It allows to create a project (tutorial) in a user specified language. Depending on the project language the URL ...
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Duplicate content on same-language region

I'm currently working on a multi-language website. I want to target different regions and each region should have its own site. I currently have two languages for my website: Dutch and English. So I ...
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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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Why doesn't Google index the translated versions of my page?

I have a website in Persian language and translated some of my popular posts into English and added this header in <head> section in both of the pages (not entire site): <link rel="alternate"...
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How can a two language page (about learning a language) be optimized for search engines?

I know that there are lots of docs about multi-languages website, but still cannot find a solution for my problem: I'm building a website to help people to learn Italian. The site contains pages with ...
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Multiple languages what to do with title tags alt tags etc

The title says it all: Multiple languages what to do with title tags alt tags etc. I found a similar questions but the answer was not exactly what I was hoping for. Situation: 1 WordPress ...
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Is using optional URL segments bad for SEO?

I have a multilanguage site with urls like this https://example.org/en/ads/2 https://example.org/es/ads/2 https://example.org/it/ads/2 which serve the site in different languages. My site also ...
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Multilingual site, links to homepage

Basically, I have two sites, each for separate language: example.com (for EN readers) example.pl (for pl_PL readers) Data on these sites is not exactly the same, so I cannot link one subpage from ...
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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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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 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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When the page language can be determined by the browser settings, which URLs should go into sitemaps?

At this moment our website both uses the language in the url like "en" and localizes the url itself ("books" in english and "boeken" in dutch). Because of the history of making our website ...
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Multi-language site, landing page

Couldn't find a similar question here, and seems kinda simple, so sorry if this has been asked before. I'm developing a site with dual language, setup in the following format: http://www.example.com/...
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Should I translate URL for better SEO?

I have a website about TV shows, that for default (EN) pages, it's like this: example.com/en/show/actors example.com/en/show/episodes The site is localized in different languages, and I was ...
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Is there a more efficient way to specify multiple languages for Google in a sitemap?

According to this Google help document, we can create a sitemap telling Google that we have more than one language. But this requires indicating each URL with different languages every time. That ...
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Correctly handling multi language URL's in sitemaps

I have an English page: https://www.example.com/content/article-1 This page is also avaliable in other languages at the URLs: https://www.example.com/de/content/article-1 https://www.example.com/...
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Correct way to handle translated pages

I have a page: www.domain.com/contact-us This page is in en-US language. It is also avaliable in 3 other languages: www.domain.com/de/contact-us (German) www.domain.com/zh-hans/contact-us (...
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German content on English page

Would there be any negative effects from uploading German content (job advertisement) to a page template that's tagged up as being in English? We will not be able to edit the meta tags to signal that ...
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Multi Language website with subfolders, what to do with root domain?

I am setting a Magento multilanguage website with subfolder as suggested by many SEO and Google guideline. For example: example.com/it (Italian default) example.com/en (English) example.com/fr (...
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Does adding a second language and content affect first language ranking?

I'm about to add a second language to my website. The original website URL is www.example.com/. All new menus and content will appear in the URL under www.example.com/en/{second language}. Does ...
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Is having a landing page for multi-country websites detrimental for search engine ranking?

I have a multi-language / multi-country website which uses a single domain name. The url structure is as follows: country-name.example.com/language/ Ex: ca.example.com/en/ ca.example.com/fr/ uk....
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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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Xhtml alternate hreflang, will it ruin my sitemap for Bing/Yahoo and other SE's?

I'm concerned. I recently updated my sitemap generator to create xhtml tags with hreflang in it, to indicate duplicate content pages for different languages. Here's an example: <url> <...
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How to setup structure of a site with multiple sections with different language requirements section wise

I need to know the best way to setup structure for a site having multiple sections (Articles & Property) with each section having different language requirements. 1) Article section: It ...
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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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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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Can you use the ccTLD for sub-directories when geotargeting?

I know when targeting a specific country or region the best way to do it with the the ccTLD. But if you choose the sub-directory route, should those sub-directories be named the same way you would use ...
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Would an English site's rank increase if you added other languages?

My question is similar to this question: How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data? However, I know that the obvious statement of multiple languages increases ...
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Google shows URLs for other countries when searching for my site by country

I have a site that's available for different countries and the URL looks like: www.example.com/country The problem appears when I look for my site and I want to look for a specific country. For ...
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Google and display:none for multilanguage content

I know that there are a couple of question about the effect of using display:none on the Google ranking, but none of those answered my specific question, so hear me out please. I'm currently working ...
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When WPML translates my WordPress site, should I move the native language to a subdirectory?

I have a website which URL looks like www.example.com. The website is in French. Now I want to have an English version and I'm going to translate the site using the WPML WordPress plugin, which I ...
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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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Should a website landing page redirect to user lang?

I have a multi-languages website where different versions are served this way: https://example.com/<language ID>/[...] The language is either detected from the client or specified from the ...
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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 companies (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Vimeo,...
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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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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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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> (function(...
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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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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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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 ...