I am creating a russian website that will use IDN domain ".рф".

But it will be also accessible with normal domain. So every page will have 2 urls, 1 in russian and 1 in english, but content will be the same (just logo will be changed) example:


How should I manage that? Can I use 2 canonical urls? Should I set the second one as alternate?

  • Search engines won't index both. Choosing one as canonical allows you to tell them which one you want indexed. Jan 13, 2017 at 19:14
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    @StephenOstermiller yes, I know. I can index russian domain in yandex.ru and in google I prefer english version. So I just set english domain as canonical and russian url as alternate. Should I set any attribute? Jan 13, 2017 at 23:21
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    That is an interesting twist. I'm not sure how you set canonical tags so that different search engines have different canonical URLs. Jan 13, 2017 at 23:29
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    @StephenOstermiller yandex doesn't read meta tags, you just set that in webmaster panel. So I have to set canonical just for google. But I don't know if it is a right way to set alternate without any attribute Jan 13, 2017 at 23:31
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    "yandex doesn't read meta tags" - The Yandex webmaster docs appear to suggest otherwise and include reference to the rel="canonical" link element. Just to clarify... the content of these two sites are the same, including the same language? Which language?
    – MrWhite
    Jan 14, 2017 at 16:01

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It's actually very simple to do it for Google, in the Russian version, just add <link rel="canonical" href="www.example.com/example" /> in the head section of the page

I hope you're managing for Yandex!

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    The rel="canonical" applies to the link element, not the meta element and the href should reference an absolute URL. However, Yandex does appear to support rel="canonical" so this would not seem to do what the OP requires.
    – MrWhite
    Jan 14, 2017 at 15:59

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