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I have a website example.com made with docusaurus. Initially, the website was in English. Several months ago, I added the Chinese version with i18n. All the chinese pages are under zh-CN; so a page like https://www.example.com/zh-CN/docs/a-page displays well contents in Chinese.

However, by inspecting in Google Search Console, I just realized that lots of chinese pages are NOT indexed in Google.

At the moment, we have example.com as a domain property to Google Search Console. I'm thinking whether we need to add a specific domain property to Google Search Console for a better SEO of the Chinese version of the website.

I tried to add https://www.example.com/zh-CN without trialing slash as URL prefix as shown in the following screenshot. And Google Search Console adds automatically a trailing slash (i.e., https://www.example.com/zh-CN/) when creating the domain property.

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So my questions are:

  1. Should I add such a specific domain property like above to Google Search Console for a better SEO of the Chinese version of the website?

  2. Google Search Console enforces the URL prefix to be https://www.example.com/zh-CN/ with trailing slash, does it mean that we should make canonical URLs have trailing slash (currently, we make canonical URLs without trailing slash)?

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  • If these changes are new, maybe you just have to wait. In any case, you can always manually request indexing for e.g. https://www.example.com/zh-CN/docs/a-page and see what happens Nov 17, 2023 at 8:53

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Search Console will look at all the URLs branching from the root. I'm not sure that adding a specific URL within the same domain would achieve anything.

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