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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*Example* Is this the correct use of hreflang & canonical reference

Not to pick on Xero, but I'm wondering if this is a good example of hreflang & canonical use. https://www.xero.com/uk/resources/small-business-guides/ https://www.xero.com/nz/resources/small-...
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Switching from single to multi language website - indexing problem and lost rank

I have a website which used to be to available in a single language website: French. We wanted to purpose our product in other language (English, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) First, we have changed the ...
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Duplicate content and the HREFLang Attribute

If you have example.com written in British English and then an HREFLang alternate of example.com/en-gb/, so both pages have exactly the same copy in the same language. With the correct technical set ...
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What do I gain (lose) by telling (or not) Google about my website in other countries? Different ccTLDs and different languages

If I have two versions of my website hosted in different ccTLDs for countries with different languages. What do I gain (lose) by telling (or not) Google about my website in those other countries? Is ...
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When to use attribute rel=“canonical”, rel=“alternate”, and hreflang for the link tag

I have this pages: https://domain.tld/fr/post/mon-premier-article https://domain.tld/fr/post/my-first-post https://domain.tld/fr/post/mi-primera-publicacion Same for site in English... https://domain....
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How to deal with UGC in different language than website?

Our website is available in six different languages. Users have a profile that they can fill with text-based information. This leads to the following issue: The information given by the user will be ...
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Sitemap File for Multiple Languages

Hi Currently my site is in 3 languages:- English, French, Dutch. My main sitemap file is example.com/sitemap.xml I have 2 questions: Since I don't have a root folder for other languages (I only have ...
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What should the hreflang be for sites with more than 3 languages containing child pages?

We've got a domain: https://www.example.com/ Right now the domain is pointing directly to the page. We are based in Germany. So actually the site should be directing to https://www.example.com/de, ...
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Hreflang conflicts with canonical in source code

A report in SEMRush has flagged an issue with hreflang conflicting with rel=canonical but I'm not sure how to resolve the issue or get to the bottom of it. Has anyone else experienced this and can ...
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Do I need to use “hreflang” when expanding a website to a new country using a different ccTLD domain

I have a website that has really good SEO in Portugal. I use a ccTLD .pt domain, so it's automatically geotargeted for portuguese audience. But now I'm expanding the website to Brazil. And I'll use a ...
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How to properly index angular universal single page webapp with auto-redirection to language paths for search engines

I'm trying to properly index a multi-lingual express app which is serving an angular universal application. The app redirects the user based on their preferred language, if the provided path is not ...
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Can we implement hreflang on root domain for one country and on sub-folder for another country?

Is it possible for 2 countries, we can implement hreflang tags on root domain and a sub-folder, for example for US hreflang on www.example.com and for Italy www.example.com/IT can we do it like this? ...
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Applying hreflang and canonical to a website with multiple domains and subfolders with different languages

Currently I have a website with multiple domains, each domain for a specific language. However, I also have sub folders with each language. For example: www.en_site.example/en www.en_site.example/fr ...
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How do I prevent keyword cannibalization with href lang tag?

I'm afraid that "keyword cannibalization" takes place when for example I have the following two pages on my site: /en/shoe and /en-us/shoe. Can I assume with absolute certainty that Google's ...
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Should a hreflang site for a language also show pages for that language and a specific region?

It's the first time for me that I implement a multi-language and regional website. I read all the google information about how to implement hreflang tags and I also read a few other information on the ...
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Hreflang attribute on <a> tag

Recently I discovered that we can add hreflang to our <a> tags to inform about the language of the page which is being linked. It seems to me that it is a perfect fit for links pointing to ...
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Multinational and multilingual content

I would like to get some guidance on international SEO. For now this is how my website looks like: website.com website.com/fr website.com/it I would like to make it region plus language specific, ...
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Should I include a trailing slash for my <xhtml:link rel=“alternate” href=“URL” hreflang=“en-US”/> URLs?

I'm implementing hreflang on my web app. Google does not mention anything on https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en But they use it (trailing slashes) on their own Sitemap. https:...
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Handling “rel hreflang” for specific languages in countries “en-US” and generic languages ex: “en”

If I have 3 english versions of my website: / FOR USA /au FOR AUSTRALIA /gb FOR United Kingdom I would add them to my Sitemap using rel hreflang to serve those 3 countries: Sitemap....
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Is hreflang tag required if site uses only one non English language?

I have site with Thailand language as a default and no other switching languages. In this case Do I need to configure hreflang option still for SEO purpose?
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Using hreflang with same content across multilingual sites

I have a business listing site. The content of these businesses is ALL in German (title, description, etc), so nothing is translated to other languages. This last fact makes my question slightly ...
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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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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 return links: ...
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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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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 ...