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I'm not aware of anything explicit from Google that specifically advises translating URLs to local language, however they have acknowledged that keywords in URLs do help. You can see that Google (and Bing) is doing something with URL keywords by the way they're bolded in search results. That being established, it's a reasonable extension to say that ...


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No, you should leave the original site untouched, as by this time the Search Engines already have it well indexed and you don't want to confuse them with another site with the same content, just different url. Besides, the Search Engines already know your site is French, even if you don't have a .fr domain. Inside Webmaster Tools, for example you can select ...


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You say you have checked Google's multilingual guidelines pages, but have you implemented the rel="alternate" hreflang= mark up, either on the pages source code or in sitemaps? If not you should do that, as it can help Google discover and understand the connection between your translated pages. If you haven't already, make sure all your URLs are in a ...


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I'm not finished with this yet as I'm sure we'll be able to get this set up as event tracking eventually but here is one way that may help/give you what you want for now... In Google Analytics:- Audience > Geo > Language Primary Dimension: Language Secondary Dimension: Hostname Select advanced filter and set this to include hostname ...


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Are your relevant search terms are generic and popular, that are searched by users in each country in their own language? (such as, "learning French"?) Then translating it and doing some SEO work should definitely help with Baidu, which for these kind of terms shows results in Chinese.


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On one hand this seems unnecessary because links and search takes care of all of this, but at the same time using terms in the URL more natural to a particular language would be more memorable and may help with search. I think it is a matter of what you want to do. I am a tech guy that studies and uses automation and this seems right up my ally, but if you ...



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