On the 15th of February I decided to translate two pages of one site to 5 languages: - Russian - Korean - Chinese Simplified - Spanish
Now I get what appears to me to be contradictory results.
es language suddenly went down to nearly null, but
es-es went up quite a lot. (And the rest of spanish speaking countries kept almost he same or went up, such as
How can we explain this? Isn't
es the total combination of all spanish languages from different countries?
Big drown down on
Big raise on
I'm experimenting exactly the same with Russian
ru which went down quite a lot while
ru-ru went up like crazy.
The site uses
zh-Hans in the following
lang tag depending on which language version of the site is:
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en">
I'm also using 5
rel="alternate" in all 5 versions of the site. Each pointing to the alternate language.
<link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/page/" hreflang="en"> <link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/page/zh/" hreflang="zh"> <link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/page/ko/" hreflang="ko"> <link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/page/es/" hreflang="es"> <link rel="alternate" href="https://example.com/page/ru/" hreflang="ru">
Interesting also that I saw the same exact decrement in visits in some other languages for which I have no translation, such as
fr, while I saw the same increase in
But it is not something happening in all other languages, for example,
ja (japanese) stays the same, even tho I have no translation for it either.
Here's the graphic for the
Remember, my site is NOT translated to german, and Germany is practically only spoken in Germany:
And here are the ones for Italian, also not very spoken outside Italy:
Here's another interesting graph regarding korean (only spoken in North and South Korea), where suddenly, all Korean browsers start reporting the country bit? Makes me wonder... could all this be due to a new versions of lets say, Chrome browser? That starts reporting things that didn't before?
Anyone with any Google Analytics account can verify they are having the same results as me?