Well, I have a multilingual site, in English and in German. But recently I found that, Google displays the German Page no longer. Even I search my site in German, it shows all English Page. Is there a problem with Google indexing? And I also found a issue “redirected” in Google search console.redirected URL

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BUT I have never met such a problem before, this is source code of my site. source code of site Do you know what's the problem here and How can I fix this problem? Hope someone can give me some suggestions. Thank you very much in advance!

  • Are you automatically redirecting users to what you think is the right language. Are you detecting their country IP address or using the Accept-Language header sent by the browser? Sep 10, 2018 at 9:35
  • You just emailed me a comment: "1. If the user chooses the language "German" on the site, then the English page will be redirected to the German page when he visit our site next time again. 2. and we are detecting the user's IP Adress and his browser language to make sure the right language. So if a German user visit our English Page first time, there will be a popup window prompting him to access the German page." Sep 10, 2018 at 16:54
  • If you log in with the same account with which you asked the question, you will be able to comment here. The only reason that you are unable to comment is probably that you have two different accounts. Perhaps two different email addresses, or one is a social media login. Sep 10, 2018 at 16:55
  • Yep, you are right. Now I am able to comment here with the correct account. Could you please tell me if these two questions you mentioned before have any influence on Google index?
    – nicola
    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:37
  • I suspect that your IP detection is causing Googlebot problems. I doubt that saving the users choice in a cookie would be the culprit. Sep 11, 2018 at 2:08

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The German version of your website has a redirect to the home page. Check the result of Redirect Checker:



302 Moved Temporarily


200 OK

Problems found:

You use a 302 redirect. This means, that the actually content is temporary not reachable and will come back soon. To use a 302 redirection for generally moved pages is a bad idea. Search engine bot might not follow it or handle it as temporary. For SEO this is also a bad idea, because no link juice will be transferred to the linked page.

A Googlebot (I've set this bot's selection) also follows this redirection and does not scan your German version.

Forcing users to redirect is not a good solution. Users must have a choice.

Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that is not always the best cast to redirect users (or bots) by the location of the IP address of that user or bot. He said it can often not only "break indexing" but also "frustrate users".

Source Google: Don't Redirect By IP Location.

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