Questions tagged [hreflang]

The hreflang tag (also referred to as rel="alternate" hreflang="x") tells Google which language you are using on a specific page, so the search engine can serve that result to users searching in that language.

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International SEO with different TLD's, and some same language - HREFLANG question

My business is located in Asia although 50% of my clients are from the UK, 27% from Australia and the remaining in the country i am located. After doing research i have concluded that i would like to ...
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In 2020, is there an established approach to describe an international site using XML sitemaps?

I've been writing XML Sitemaps for a decade, but I've never before needed to write an XML Sitemap for an international site. It occurs to me that there are three clear approaches (and there may be ...
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What should the Hreflang and canonical be with session parameters?

We have a oxid onlineshop with different domains/subdomains depending on currency and language. Now we have a problem with hreflang tags, because of parameters the session of the basket between ...
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hreflang and canonical tag for new country specific website - different base domain

I have a little different situation compared to most other questions which asks for hreflang and canonical tags for country specific version of websites. This is an SEO related question and I was ...
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hreflang - do I need to prefix links on the different versions of my pages?

hreflang has proven extremely frustrating for me to implement with my previously clean site layout. I've finally bitten the bullet to risk it because Google still doesn't index our translated versions ...
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Hreflang Strategy

I have a very complex question and would like to get some help from advanced webmasters and SEO specialists :) I have a website in both English 'website.com' and in Chinese 'website.com/cn' I've ...
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How should the fields be ordered in a sitemap when including hreflang?

I have a website with multiple languages and version for different countries. However it is all using the same domain and segregated by locale query parameter. Examples as below: example.com is the ...
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Should en and x-default be included on the same page for hreflang tags?

We are using a tool called SEMRush where it is flagging that the en and x-default values for the hreflang are causing conflicts. Should both en and x-default be included for the hreflang tags? This ...
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Google Search Console reports “no return tags” even after removing all hreflang tags

Google console emailed me a msg. I click on the link and show, there are plenty of "no return tags" errors. My site is targeted globally, so I haven't selected a country to target. I have no idea ...
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Can alternate URLs for hreflinks be in different XML sitemap files when using <xml:link rel=“alternate”

Regarding the XML sitemaps (that use alternative languages), in this page it is specified the following: Common Mistakes Here are the most common mistakes with hreflang usage: Missing ...
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hreflang region targeting - multiple regions displaying in SERPS

I'm slightly stumped, with one of my websites. The hreflang appears to be installed correctly and the majority of the regions are targetted in the international targeting report, apart from with EU ...
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Sitemap best practice for multilingual website - Should I list my urls in each language or is the use of rel=“alternate” + hreflang enough?

I'm working on the sitemaps of a multilingual website and I have a doubt regarding the best practice for referencing each language version of a page. For a bit of background, the website references ...
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What's the impact of HREFLANG pointing to a redirected URL for EN-US?

I'm doing some international SEO work on a Drupal site. I noticed this on the EN-US home page: <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.example.com/" /> <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-us"...
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SEO hreflang multiple domain same language

I'm always a bit confused about hreflang and domain. I have the following in mind. Current situation: examp.eu (english) hreflang="en" examp.be (dutch) hreflang="nl-be" hreflang="nl-nl" Now I ...
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Hreflang alternate for multilingual sites with pagination

So I'm setting up hreflang tags on an ecommerce site. The sites are in the USA, Canada, etc... . The Canadian site will have fewer products than the American site, meaning that there won't be as many ...
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Why would Google canonize between hreflang pages?

So as far as I know, one of the most important use cases, and basically the whole point of hreflang is to be able to control which domain should rank where when it is not obvious. I notice that from ...
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Hreflang for different subdomain for a different region speaking the same language

I have a website that has a different multilanguage domain such as us, au, ie, eu. but the language is the same, the only difference is the pricing of the product. Would we run into duplicate ...
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Place language slug in URL or not?

I see that https://developers.google.com/ offers articles in different language. They get the language from browser setting and don't place any language slug in the URL. Is this really a good practise?...
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French language comes up before English language site for site: search on English version of Google

Our homepage has two versions: https://www.construct.net/fr https://www.construct.net/en The first being in French, the second English. Both versions have been online for many weeks. Searching on ...
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Can I assign multiple HREFLANG Attributes to the same Domain? [duplicate]

I am working on a website, which is looking to targeting multiple Regions and Languages, using the following Domains: www.example.com (American English targeting US Traffic); en-gb.example.com (...
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How to avoid Duplicate Content issues when dealing with 'Language Only' and 'Language and Location' URLs [duplicate]

I am working on an eCommerce site, which wants to target the UK, US and Australia. Due to their cultural variations in the English language, and the fact they all have their own currency, the website'...
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hreflang return tag error (for magento2 extension)

I am getting this error on hreflang tag validator please help me. Return tag error (page does not link back) Language-region code has no standalone language code
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Hreflang on product pages, how Google will treat the rest of the site?

We're planning on introducing hreflang on specific pages on our site (mostly product). Scenario: Main US site: https://www.example.com/ Hreflang will be introduced only on product pages, example: ...
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Is a single Internal Link enough to tell search engines that a page is regional specific?

I am working on a multi-national/multi-lingual eCommerce website, with the following website structures: www.example.co.uk (UK Based English speakers) www.example.co.uk/es/ (UK Based Spanish ...
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Is a hreflang tag needed for a single international site

I have a website, and it is a single website with a .com TLD which I want ranking in the US and UK. Do I need to create a hreflang tag even though there is only one version of the website and all ...
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Google “Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical” between UK and IE sites with same content meant for different audiences

We have an /ie and /uk variation of our site. /ie uses € and /uk £'s, both are in English. Both sites are submitted to google as we want the IE site to return in googole.ie and UK site to return in ...
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Why is the same page referenced 3 times?

On my Drupal 8 site, I activated the French and English language. When I type in google : site:example.com I get 3 times the same results per page of my site : https://www.example.com https://www....
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Google Search console is showing errors in hreflang tags from another site in my international targeting report

Received message from GWT(GSC): Errors in hreflang tags on site.com. We found the hreflang tags on your site, but a few of them have technical problems. Take a look at our hreflang report to see ...
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Correct use of hreflang / canonical tags on regional shopify stores

I'm setting up 2 regional shopify sites. Should I consider canonical tags or/and use hreflang to ensure that search engines will send my users towards the right site. The first store covers the ...
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Google reporting that country subdomains (English) are all canonical to the default despite hreflang and lack of canonical tags

We have some serieus issues with google not indexing language subdomains. It keeps marking the main domain as canonical prefered.I did some research on the matter, the code below was the result (that ...
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Are hreflangs needed in the XML sitemap if they are used in the head of each page?

I have a multi-language website like this: example.com/de/about example.com/fr/about example.com/about (English) I decided to put the hreflang link elements in the <head> of each file. Now I ...
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Google ignores canonical and selects alt but still shows canonical

This is kind of complicated scenario. I have this URL: www.example.com/this-is-page-A Which has correctly implemented canonical and hreflang directives. On Google console i can see Google decided ...
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'es' - no return tags (sitemaps)

Google webmaster gives the following error for my website Sitemap provided URLs and alternate URLs in 'es' that do not have return tags. Originating URL /welcome-to-the-neighborhood/ /vendor-...
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Missing reciprocal hreflang (no return-tag). Some pages don't include hreflang links to all the other pages of the group

There is some error when testing my site in https://ahrefs.com/: Missing reciprocal hreflang (no return-tag) It suggests: Why and how to fix Issue details Confirmation (...
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Screaming Frog hreflang missing confirmation links for rel=“alternative”

Screaming frog tells me that I have missing confirmation links in my hreflang, but I cannot seem to identify the problem. Here is a screenshot of the code on our Korean page: Here is a screenshot of ...
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mobile urls canonical & hreflang

I again have problem when working on the mobile seo urls, so the scenario is below: We have 2 domains www.example.com and www.example.es The .es is pointing canonical to .com and that's fine as we ...
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How to implement hreflang for a .com with a subdomain and and a .ca domain [closed]

I'm currently working on the SEO for a site that has the following domains: subdomain.example.com example.ca These are both e-stores and I'm wondering how I would go about setting up hreflang in ...
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International SEO with the same language?

My company is creating an international version of our site at international.example.com. We are located in the US with our main site at example.com but offer different slightly different products ...
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hreflang for two URLs with same language and different countries

Can we use hreflang like this: <link rel="alternate" href="https://www.example.de/de/product/" hreflang="de-de" /> <link rel="alternate" href="https://www.example.com/de/product/" hreflang="...
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Hreflang target different languages in different regions

I would like to know whether we can implement the hreflang tag for English audience in Germany like hreflang="en-DE" or it should be always like "de-DE" and "de"?
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How to use the canonical and hreflang in ccTLD?

If I have two websites with same content example.com/de/ - in German, example.com - is in English, and example.at - in German. so what would be the better option to implement canonical and Hreflang: ...
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Hreflang for regions (like states and provinces) within a country

I'm working on a website which has different content depending on the province/state the user is from. Is it valid to add the subdivision code to the hreflang like below? <link rel="alternate" ...
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Getting the same site to show with a different domain extension in Google

We have one site: sitea.co.uk We also own the domain: sitea.com (redirects to sitea.co.uk) We want US visitors to see sitea.com both in the browser and in Google when searching for our company ...
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HREFLANG - How to implement for region (not country) + language?

My site has multiple language-country combos for which I have implemented HREFLANG. We have a few language-region combos that show up as errors in Search Console. What's the best thing to do here? ...
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What is the solution for “Submitted URL not selected as canonical” in Google Search Console beta?

Google's new webmaster tools has a section 'Index coverage'>'Excluded'>'Submitted URL not selected as canonical'. I am getting 3 internal links in the section "Submitted URL not selected as ...
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Can you tell Google that the same URL is available in 2 languages depending on the browser language?

For example, my home page is available in several language and the language displayed depends on the browser language. I have added these 2 alternate links: <link rel="alternate" href="http://...
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Recommended approach for slug generation with multiple languages

I am building a website that will be available in multiple countries. Each country's content will be unique to that country, but each country's content will be offered in multiple languages, using the ...
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Can hreflang be placed on the body of the HTML?

Can hreflang be placed on the body of the HTML? Or has it to be in the head? I can't find clear information about this.
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Multi-region site with different top level domains

I have a website that has both a ".com" and ".com.au" domain. I want the ".com.au" site for Australian users and the ".com" for everyone else. Is the following hreflang links correct to achieve this? ...
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How to avoid hreflang return errors with URL that contain parameters

I'm getting HREF no return errors in search console and I don't understand why. We have a page that contains buttons for get multiple pages of results. URL structure: Base page: `https://example....