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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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Google seems to send visitors to random language based on hreflang

I have a multi-langual site and I observed that customers from any country receive the URL randomly in another language. For example, a customer from US gets the Italian version and vice versa. It ...
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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....
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hreflang with session based language detection

Google's Webmaster Tools reporting that I have pages with missing backlinks. I provide two languages at my website: German and English. A user can switch languages via menu (there are flags of both ...
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hreflang in sitemap for dynamically generated sites

What would be the best way to place my hreflang tags in my sitemap if I can serve the same URL in two different languages? We happen to have a translation service that does all that stuff for us ...
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redirecting to external website causes "International Targeting | no return tags” errors in Google Search console

I have a website for an app, in www.myapp.com/get/ i've put a php redirect to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=my.app via header('Location: ' . $location); Now, because Google Play has ...
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Using alternate+hreflang to link to pages with different content (e.g., Guardian’s country-specific editions)?

On the Guardian.co.uk homepage they have: <link rel="alternate" href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk" hreflang="en-GB"/> <link rel="alternate" href="https://www.theguardian.com/us" hreflang="...
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Redirect to canonical URL gives hreflang error in Google Webmaster Tools

In my website the root page https://www.amolelingue.com/ has 301 redirect to canonical English URL https://www.amolelingue.com/en, which has two alternate versions (/it and /fi). I'm getting ...
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Correct hreflang tag for Brazilian Portuguese speakers in the UK

I have a UK site which is translated into Brazilian, i.e. Portuguese (Brazilian) speakers in the UK. Whats the correct hreflang tag for this? https://example.com/gb/pt-br In theory, we are looking ...
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How reliably does Google determine a user's region, in order to pick the right hreflang option (specifically en-gb vs. en-nz)?

We have a website that serves content for New Zealand and most of the world. The same content is picked up by another subsidiary website and served to the UK, with our permission. We would like ...
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Googlebot following some 301 that doesn't exist for root domain

We have locale versions of our site www.example.com (UK), us.example.com (USA), fr.example.com (France) etc. In Google webmaster tools I have configured each of these domains with their country and we ...
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Problem with hreflang, canonical and spammy URL parameters (no return tags)

I'm facing problems of spammy parameters in Google Search Console. I have a multilingual page (for illustration purposes, let's say that the URL is https://www.example.com/page1.html). The page is ...
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Google search in Dutch and results in English

My company has an e-commerce site that has 3 languages (english, dutch, german). Recently, we have added the hreflangs, which seem to appear correctly to the e-shop, as you see in the picture. The x-...
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Hreflang for different regions - same language

Greetings from Austria! My Problem: I have an .com-domain I would like to rank in the german, austrian and swiss Google, since those are our target markets. The website itself is in german. From my ...
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Global Blog Post and Duplicate Content Penalties When Using hreflang For Language and Regional URLs

I am setting up a European regional website (translated). We will be using hreflang For Language and Regional URLs. If we post a global product update blog post, i.e. is relevant to all markets, would ...
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Screaming Frog reports missing confirmation link when the hreflang x-default element is the same in all pages

I am confused about hreflang="x-default". I have a site in 2 languages. In each page I have a link to the page itself and a link to the same page in the other language. If I understand correctly, I ...
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Hreflangs and canonicals. Should I chose the canonical version of the page for hreflang tags?

So, basically we have implemented canonical tag, which points to the url with the parameters stripped. For instance, if somebody visits the page https://mywebsite.com/en/some-page.php?someparameter=...
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Google Webmaster tools URLs blocked by empty Sitemap

I am trying to update a Sitemap to show support for multiple languages via hreflang tags. After adding the new Sitemap Google Webmaster Tools continues to display the Sitemap warning even after ...
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How to use hreflang x-default

I am not sure if I understand how to use hreflang="x-default" I have a website with two languages. In the head of each page I have a link to each language. For instance: <link rel="alternate" ...
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hreflang for URL which can show the content in more than one language

I wonder if it's correct for a URL which shows the content in English or Spanish depending on the browser language setting, to use these tags: <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/" ...
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How to view international Google sites to ensure our translated pages are indexed properly?

We just started launching translations of our site at the end of last year. The first language we launched was Portuguese. I've submitted the new site to Google Search Console but I'm just wondering ...
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Would an hreflang implementation benefit SEO on a multilingual site that uses URL parameters to target different languages?

I am part of a team that is trying to improve the SEO on an international website that supports roughly 40 different languages. One idea was to submit an XML sitemap with the hreflang attribute. ...
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Internationalisation Hreflang - site traffic destroyed

I have a site that I wish to target three regions: UK, USA & The EU region - the site is entirely in English (for the moment). We have different indexes per region, for example: blah.com/stuff -&...
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Why is Google reporting that hreflang URLs in my sitemap do not have “return tags”?

Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools) keeps listing the following errors for my sitemap: Sitemap provided URLs and alternate URLs in 'de' that do not have return tags. +---+-----------------+----...
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“No return tag” error found in Google Webmaster Tools

I have set hreflang tag on my web pages but the error is not fixed. I have set following tag in each web pages by dynamically: <link rel="alternate" href="https://www.sumolounge.ca/" hreflang="en-...
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International targeting - No return tags (but there are)

I've read this post => International Targeting "no return tags" because I have this error in my Google webmaster console International Targeting | Language > 'de' - no return tags ...
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Will a hreflang with a language and region allow Google to show the page to all users of that language regardless of region?

I'm launching translations on a website with the first translation being Brazilian Portuguese. If I use the following hreflang: <link rel="alternate" href="http://www.example.com/pt-br/" hreflang="...
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Implementing the hreflang tag in the head

When implementing hreflang in the head section, do you call out the alternative and main language on every single page? So for example if I'm implementing Brazilian Portuguese where the main language ...
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Why have hreflang versions of pages been deindexed?

We have different versions of our site and link these via Hreflang tags. For some reason Google has deindexed these pages (apart from the French version of the site). These screen shots showing the ...
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Google ignores hreflang metatag for my websites homepage

We implemented hreflang attribute to make sure search engines indexing made properly for global users. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077 It seems to be working for all our site ...
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Search Console Errors with SSL and hreflang tags on Shopify

I run a 2 Shopify stores with SSL enabled (one for the UK and one for Ireland) and have recently implemented hreflang tags as the content is broadly similar on both sites, bar prices and some region ...
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“x-default” needed in hreflang?

Would I be right in thinking I need to set the following to what it states below in this image? I am basically wondering if I need to add hreflang="x-default" to this section below.
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Can multiple hreflang in a page point to the same URL?

Is it possible for a page to include multiple link tags using the hreflang attribute for different languages but all actually pointing to the same URL since the language detection and related content ...
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How can I add hreflang links to the <head> in Zen Cart?

I have a site using Zen Cart platform. I made it in 6 languages. I am trying to improve my ranking and/or SEO and I wanted to insert hreflang manually for each page. I know that it should be ...
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Regional targeting on continent level, same language, 2 domains

I have a question concerning regional targeting of a website. I have 2 websites with exactly the same content and both in English (exact copy), but different domains: abc.example xwz.example I would ...
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Receiving “no return tags (sitemaps)” error in Google Search Console should I add hreflang=“en” to sitemap XML file?

Under my Google Search Console I'm receiving a 'es' - no return tags (sitemaps) error for: Originating URL: /en/about-us/testimonials Alternate URL: /es/about-us/testimonials And I have my sitemap ...