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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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English version of my site is showing up in Google.sv instead of the Swedish version of my site

I have a website that's in English on example.com and in Swedish on example.com/sv. I have corresponding hreflangs for each language. <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://example.com/"&...
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International targeting with a single language

I was going through tons of documentation, forums, stackoverflow, etc trying to figure out what is the correct way to target international audience with a single language. The only thing that I could ...
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href lang annotations in xml sitemap file displays issues

Following Google guidelines for creating an sitemap.xml file to add a href lang annotations, I'm getting display issue when viewing the sitemap.xml file in my browser. Instead of looking like a ...
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hreflang and no return tags with canonicals

my question is in direct response to the following question... Canonical vs HREFLANG I am in a similar situation. However we are using canonicals in each country to handle duplicated content caused ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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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_example.com/en www.en_example.com/fr www....
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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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SEO - Canonical url and hreflang in multicountry and multilanguage website

So, i'm trying to set up a canonical and hreflang structure to my website in order to improve SEO but to be honest i'm completely lost, so any help would be great.The website is organized by a choose ...
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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 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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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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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 ...