For example, I see most of the Google's properties is using the hl query string, e.g.


and compare the above URL with


From the SEO and usability perspective, which one is better?


I my view 2nd one is better because short url are more preferable.

| improve this answer | |

Here is the official documentation from Google about multilingual sites. The main point is:

Keep the content for each language on separate URLs.

As URL parameters tend to be ignored or scored down by search engines, the second URL should be considered better.

| improve this answer | |
  • But the 1st one is what GOogle is using.. – Yoga Oct 8 '12 at 15:46

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.