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How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?

When I set up a site in multiple languages, how should I set up my URLs for search engines and usability? Let's say my site is www.example.com, and I'm translating into French and Spanish. What is ...
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Should we localize URLs for default language or not?

I have a website running in English and Japanese and the default language is Japanese. What are the advantages of one over the other solution: Solution 1. When accessing example.com, you will see ...
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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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Can a <link /> element's href attribute be relative?

Can I use: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="?l=en" /> to link pages with different languages for SEO (recommended for example by Google)? Can that URL be relative as in the example ...
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Where do I get a list of attribute 'lang' values - what standard covers this, for SEO optimization?

I'm working on a website that I need to optimize for multiple-languages. I want to provide support in 3-4 languages, 'en', 'de', 'cn' - the trouble is, I'm not sure what Saudi-Arabia and the gulf ...
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language+region value of the HTML5 lang attribute

I'm working on a website which will offer localized content following the language+region approach as described on this W3.org page (e.g. fr-CA for Canadian French content, and fr-FR for "French ...
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When selecting the language of a web page solely with content negotiation, will a search engine ever see different languages?

I've done a simple, small site which basically only consists of a single page. Simplicity and no clutter are very intentional here and (imho) work quite well for this from a UX standpoint. Now I'm ...
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For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?

I have a site that have localized content. I would like to know if it's really important to also translate the URL paths to access the content. For example: Today, I'm handling the URLS like these: ...
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How to optimize a one language website's SEO for foreign languages?

DETAILS I have a website with content in English. It is a niche website with a global market. However I would like users to be able to find the website using their own language. The scenario I ...
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Alternative to .htaccess (due to bad performance)

I've been told that .htaccess should be avoided when possible, as it reduces the server performance and new servers disable it or just don't implement it any more. I don't know how true this is, but ...
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What's the best way to determine users' preferred language?

In determining which language to display content in by default, there are, as far as I know, three basic methods: Examine the Accept headers sent by the browser. Use IP geolocation to determine the ...
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Correctly handling multi language URL's in sitemaps

I have an English page: https://www.example.com/content/article-1 This page is also avaliable in other languages at the URLs: https://www.example.com/de/content/article-1 https://www.example.com/zh-...
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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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SEO impact of using non-Latin characters in URL

Is there a negative SEO impact if I use non-Latin characters in my URL? For example, suppose I want to have a page about sweets. I am targeting the keyword お菓子 which is in Japanese. Should I go for ...
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Privacy Policy for an english site that is located in france but is owned people in Italy

I'm really having some difficulties with the Privacy Policy for my site, the website in question is written in English but hosted in France, in additional to this the website is owned by people in ...
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In Google Analytics, what is the differences between a two letter visitor language and the same code duplicated with a dash?

Wondering about my google analytics visitor languages. It shows de and de-de. Is there any difference between them, if yes what do they mean? Is there a possability to get them all together in one ...
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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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Multidomain site with duplicate content for different countries [duplicate]

Our client wants different domains for different countries where they have headquarters. So we would have www.example1.com, www.example2.us, www.example3.com.br, etc. (it is also multilanguage, with /...
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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 ...