What method do you recommend me using, to tell Google that links like:

  1. www.site.com/en/aslgm
  2. www.site.com/ro/aslgm
  3. www.site.com/es/aslgm
  4. www.site.com/... /...

It's the same as www.site.com/aslgm ?

I already use <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.site.com/aslgm" />

  • Are they actually the same pages? The URLs imply they are different languages. Aug 13, 2012 at 9:04
  • The language parameter is not actually necessary because if it's not there it loads the language id that's in the session or the browser language. The content in the same, only the menus and some text changes
    – w0rldart
    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:15
  • It's like on YouTube, you change the language... but the video is still the same. Only YouTube's context changes, but not the video's description, language, tags or anything else
    – w0rldart
    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:16
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    Why have the parameter in the first place then? You can just have an option that sets the language and redirects back to the normal page. Aug 14, 2012 at 8:44
  • good point, and I'm thinking of doing that in the future... but I stil need to study more about it, because even YouTube has a parameter that's been added whith the language (except for English I think)
    – w0rldart
    Aug 14, 2012 at 11:13

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Using rel="canonical" on those pages (as you have done) is sufficient.

See: Google Webmaster Tools - About rel="canonical"

  • Well either it takes time to fix all those "duplicates" on searcing site.com on google, either it ain't enough
    – w0rldart
    Aug 13, 2012 at 8:46
  • If those pages have already been indexed without the canonical link then yes it is going to take time for Google to recrawl these pages and reindex your site. This also depends on the crawl rate of your site. How long has it been? The only other possibility would be to remove these other pages from the Google index (either a manual URL request, or via robots) - but that is also going to take time and should be unnecessary and importantly will run the risk of this page not being indexed at all.
    – MrWhite
    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:04
  • Well, the indexing rate it's the default one (google's decision) and I think things starts to change because I see less results for site:site.com but more consistency (better rank, better positioning ...)
    – w0rldart
    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:18

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