I followed a Google tutorial for profile pages on my website. The tutorial claims:
For sites that have their template localized but the keep their pages’ main content untranslated:
Step 1: Once you have the canonical picked out you can use either
rel="canonical"or a 301 (permanent redirect) from the various localized pages to the canonical URL.
Step 2: On the canonical URL, specify the language-specific duplicated content with different boilerplate via the
rel="alternate"link tag, using its
hreflangattribute. This way, Google can show the correctly localized variant of your URLs to our international users.
So, NO return tag is asked for on the language variant pages. Still, the Webmaster tools show me missing return tags in the thousands.
Is the tutorial outdated? Have I missed something?
Here is an example of a profile page:
Canonical url - according to tutorial this page sets all language variants using hreflang:
Language Variant – according to tutorial a language variant ie. not the canonical page only have a
rel="canonical" link that points to the canonical page that has the links to all language variants.