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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Multilingual website without files in root folder

hopefully someone can help me solve this thing. My client has very simple website with two different languages and I decided to make separate folder for each language, e.g. domain.com/en/ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multi language switch links translated or in current language?

Should I do: A: translate the language links in the current language: (if I am on the English version) <a href="en/">English</a> | <a href="it/">Italian</a> | <a ...
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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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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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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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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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Best practice when translating sites into multiple languages - new domains?

For the same website I've got 3 domains: .fr, .com, and .co.uk. To start with it was to avoid people buying the same name. I used have my content in French only and redirected all the traffic to the ...
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SEO problems with multilanguage site [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data? I have recently started a CMS project in PHP, the site will be multilingual. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multilanguage site meta content-language tag

I have a website which is in 3 languages: English (primary), German and French. When a language is selected all of page's content is translated to the selected language (the page content is always in ...
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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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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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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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How do you set up the directory structure for a multilingual site without duplicating content?

I want to make a website in two languages. I've looked around and settled on the directory option of separating both languages. How do I make it work? Let's say I have the following three files for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Avoid penalties for duplicate (multilanguage) shared hosting

My concern is about SEO. Now let me explain the scenario. I am making a 3 languages website. The development is alright, but I was targeting local customers with one domain, and international ...
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Google analytics and 301 redirects

We have a multilingual website and the first page redirects to specific language page using 301 redirect based on some logic. For example: http://mysite.com/ redirects to http://mysite.com/en/ The ...