I have a website available in 5 languages.

  • domain.com in english
  • domain.com/fr in french
  • domain.com/it in italian
  • and so on and so forth...

In GSC, should I add one domain property with domain.com to track all the data for all the languages with all the sitemaps for each language listed under the domain property?

Or should I have 1 property for each language, each with its own sitemaps?

I found information regarding subdomains like support.domain.com or m.domain.com but nothing regarding language folders. Is there a "best-practice"? Is there a difference? Solution 1 seems easier and less tedious... but could I be penalized in any way?

Apparently the "domain property" option is pretty new. I've read this post but it doesn't mention language folders for international websites. I've also searched SE but did not find any similar question. Finally, google support's page doesn't talk about internationalized websites.

Thanks in advance for your help!

  • Welcome to Webmasters! – closetnoc Oct 1 '19 at 15:32
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    A property is one site, not a portion of a site. You cannot make a property example.com/folder. If you want to track languages, then you should consider using a sub-domain such as fr.example.com. This could be a property. – closetnoc Oct 1 '19 at 20:59
  • @closetnoc ok thanks for the reply, post it as an answer so I can accept it ;) – EdouardF Oct 2 '19 at 9:14

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