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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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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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 ...
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Setting proper hreflang tags for google

There is one Website for the main company translated in two languages: main-company.com/en/ main-company.com/de/ The company also has a subsidiary, linked under: main-company.com/en/subsidiary.html ...
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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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Does a 'en' locale version of a webpage trump a 'en-us' version with search engines?

I have an ecommerce site with different store views for different regions. In the UK there is a 'en-gb' locale version priced in GBP, in the US there is a 'en-us' version priced in USD and also a 'en' ...
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How to SEO pages with adaptively loaded alternative language on same URL?

So, when each page has content on it's own language we use HREFLANG attributes and it's all fine. But now, if I build a page in English but if user picks to display it in another language, I won't ...
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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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International Targeting & dinamic language page

I have 3 types of pages on my site: example.com/ru/about example.com/en/about example.com/about pages with ru are in Russian, pages with en are in English, but page with none of those can be both in ...
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How to add hreflag tags to Prestashop to prevent Google Search Console warnings

I have a Prestashop multi languages site, and I started to notice some warning in the webmaster tools of Google that my site is lacking hreflang tags. Is there something in Prestashop to handle the ...
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Google Search Console: alternate URLs in XX that do not have return tags

on http://example.com/ server response with (response based on Accept-Language header): HTTP/1.1 301 Found Location: /en/ on http://example.com/en/ in page <head></head>: <link rel="...
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How do I get my site's content to show up in other languages on google search when locale is stored in a cookie

I'm using setting the locale for each user by detecting the browser's language header and storing it in a cookie to display my site's content. Users can also select the language and change the locale, ...
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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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Should I be using both “rel=canonical” and “rel=”alternate" within my sitemap?

I followed this setup in my sitemap that Google outlines on this page: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en . <url> <loc>http://example.com/en</loc> <xhtml:...
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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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“No return tags” when using a XML sitemap

This questions is basically a duplicate of hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags, which got no responses, so I'm asking myself in turn. I'm not using HREFLANG tags in my HTML; ...
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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 for language folders (in URL) - only when content is translated?

An SEOer that has some experience with TLDs and language folders told me the following: If you use language folders in site (like example.com/en/, for all English pages), I should also give hreflang ...
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Google complains about missing hreflang tags despite documentation that says only a canonical tag should be used for untranslated conent

I followed a Google tutorial for profile pages on my website. The tutorial claims: For sites that have their template localized but the keep their pages’ main content untranslated: Step 1: ...
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Shall I add hreflang on pagination sites which are using rel=“prev” and rel=“next”?

At the moment I am using the current solution for pagination (without the view-all solution): <link rel="prev" href="http://www.example.com/category/blablabla/page/2" /> <link rel="next" ...
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Does Googlebot use hreflang for link discovery?

Does anyone know if Googlebot will follow and index web pages that are only listed in the head of a HTML page with a link-hreflang element? <link hreflang="fr" rel="alternate" href="http://example....
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How to solve error: Missing return tags hreflang in multilanguage website

I have a multilanguage website, which has the following properties: It does not have a .com/ page, it always usex suffixes for every language, i.e. example.com/es, example.com/en, etc. I have ...
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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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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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English content on International page templates: how to mark it up with lang=“” attributes?

So, I have translated page templates to various languages so it's easier for users to pick their language for easier navigating and understanding the site. The pages have similar markup to this ...
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Does hreflang and rel=“alternate” work with completely different URLs?

I'm currently working on a project and it will support localization. I'm trying to find out in what sense the rel="alternate" and hreflang="" works. Does the URL have to be similar? Or can the entire ...
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Is Double-Annotating HREFLANG always alright? What if I remove one of them?

I'm managing a website that has a US section and a UK & International section. Let's say these are divided as: website.com/ website.com/us The website has hreflang implemented correctly as ...
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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 ...