I'm about to add a second language to my website. The original website URL is www.example.com/. All new menus and content will appear in the URL under www.example.com/en/{second language}.

Does adding the second language and content affect the first language ranking? Are there any proactive actions I should take before doing this to let Search Engines know what's going on?

I want to make sure I'm not harming the original language ranking in anyway.

  • Your new URL does not look correct, is this a typo... www.mywebsite.com/en/{second language}? What language/content exists at example.com/?
    – MrWhite
    Aug 2 '15 at 9:04
  • i meant its www.mywebsite.com/en/ (for english language content)
    – buzibuzi
    Aug 2 '15 at 16:24

You should use www.example.com/{second language} as a folder for it (not en/{second language}). Also you can include a hreflangs between both language, showing Google they are the same pages, in different languages. However, even if you don't - your original rankings won't be affected. You are just adding second language, which is more content, which is good thing, not bad thing.

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