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 Targeting “no return tags”

Google Webmaster Tools has added an International Targeting Report to show hreflang errors. There's a section that reports "no return tags" errors with Originating URL & Alternate URL columns. ...
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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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How to deal with yet-to-be-translated, placeholder content on a multi-language site?

I'm working on a site where we have many different languages (about 24). When a content piece is authored in English, it is automatically copied to all language sites where it will be later translated ...
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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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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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How does Google determine duplicate content when it's translated into different languages?

I was wondering how duplicate content in another language works. Google requests that you use canonical links to determine duplicate content or duplicates of your pages to avoid duplicate content in ...
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Which is the best choice for SEO sitemap for multilingual website?

In my site when someone access directly the domain.com or any other url that does not contain country indication like domain.com/contact, the language content is shown based on his IP. for example if ...
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Using hreflang to specify a catchall language

We have a site primarily targeted at the UK market, and are adding a US-market alternative. As per Google's recommendations: To indicate to Google that you want the German version of the page to ...
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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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How much time does it take for Google Webmaster Tools to report 'hreflang' tags?

I have a properly indexed site by Google with a few hundred pages, most of the pages re-crawled on a daily basis (according the crawl stats offered by Google Webmaster Tools). Last week, I have added ...
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Should mobile webpages have hreflang links to non-mobile pages?

My site has multilingual links, which are specified like this on non-mobile pages: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://mydomain.com/page" /> <link rel="alternate" hreflang="jp"...
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Should I specify both <a rel=“alternate”> and <link rel=“alternate”> for multilingual websites?

I have read Google's recommendations regarding <link rel="alternate"> in the <head> for multilingual websites. As far as I know, we can also use rel="alternate" on <a> tags, and so ...
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I used rel=“canonical” and hreflang=“x-default”, but global site is missing and receiving “no return tags” error

Here is a sample of the code <link rel="canonical " href="http://www.kaspersky.com/anti-virus-trial" hreflang="en" /> <link rel="alternate" href="http://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/free-home-...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Do all pages have to be added to XML Sitemaps?

I'm planning to add an XML Sitemap to a client's existing website. According to this, it will help define the difference between the root website (aimed at UK) and the US website (aimed at the United ...
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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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SEO - Does Google properly handle hreflang tags with links that just change the language settings in a session cookie?

I am currently working on a website that is available in multiple languages. I put some effort in atomatically detecting the users preferred language. This itself is working great. I also offer ...
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Can hreflang be used for city-specific content?

I know that I can use hreflang for country specific content in order to avoid duplicate content, but what about city or state specific content? Is that possible, and if not, how do I deal with it?
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Google Webmaster Tools incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation warning message

I'm getting this warning message in Google Webmaster Tools: Incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation In particular, there seems to be a problem with missing or incorrect bi-directional ...
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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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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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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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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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hreflang tag to be added on each page of the website or only on homepage?

I'm planning to add hreflang attribute to my websites which are in different languages, including my main website which is in English. So I have few questions regarding this. Is the hreflang ...
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How should I approach sitemap.xml, hreflang and regions for my website

I am a developer on a large site which regionally targets some content with a specific url. Is it technically correct to target the countries in those regions in the sitemap.xml and point them to the ...
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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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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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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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Multi Regional Webmaster Tools Targeting

We have a multi regional website which uses a two character string after the main domain to define which region's content to show e.g. http://www.example.com/uk/ is the domain with English content ...
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Should the English website use href=“x-default” when it doesn't auto-redirect to the user's language or country?

For each URL on my site, I'm auto-redirecting according to header accept language. The site arch is English version: http://mydomain.com/page Spanish version http://es.mydomaina.com/page etc.. The ...
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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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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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Google sitemap HrefLang tag without the main site url

We have websites with multilingual content. e.g. http://www.example.com/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-HK/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-GB/about-us/ http://www.example.com/zn-...
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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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Canonical and hreflang implementation for international desktop and mobile site versions

I have an interesting case and I am lost in it. There are two versions of the site: desktop and mobile. And there are also international versions: English and Spanish. I'm stuck at implementation of ...
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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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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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Is defining an hreflang sufficient to avoid duplicate content penalties between US and UK sites with nearly identical content?

A client we work with has two online stores - a US version and a UK version, under separate domains. These stores have the same content and provide the same products, they're intended to be alternate ...
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'no return tags' on '/' url

hreflang 'no return tags' error, caused because the empty slash '/' url links to a page that links back to '/index.php'. Shouldn't Google Webmaster Tools be smart enough to recognize that this is a ...
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hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags

We are using hreflang tags in our sitemaps and we're currently experiencing a number of issues with errors in WMT suggesting 'no return tags' and 'your site has no hreflang tags' that don't seem ...
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Incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation

Google Webmaster Tools advised the following to us: We have noticed that on a number of the pages on your site the rel-alternate-hreflang implementation is incorrect. In particular, there ...
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hreflang tag for different design and different site?

We are going to extend our business to a different language and brand (English, abc.com) rather than our local one (German, bcd.com). Whilst the content for both focuses on same subject, the design ...
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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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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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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 ...