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Language redirect affecting pagerank and search listing?

Preface We have a number of sites that use the same redirect mechanism across the board. We recently transitioned one site from non-localised to localised and detected that the Google+ integration ...
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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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Is it better to have one website with two languages or two websites with different languages in terms of SEO?

I would like to know if in terms of SEO, is it better have one website with two languages or two websites with different languages? For example, I would like to have a website with the content in ...
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My site is showing up in Google's search results with a Norwegian language parameter on the URL

When I make a search on Google and find my website; then I see the URL (the green line below the page title) is saying www.domain.dk/?lang=nb. I found out that nb is short for Norwegian. How do I ...
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I18n website and URL prefix iso639

I'm adding i18n to my website. For translated pages I add iso639 code of the language like this: http://example.com/en/mypage.php But I'm curious about language code. Should I use iso639-1 (en) or ...
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Language for a Belgium website

In Belgium, citizens speak different languages. Most people speak Dutch, some French and the minority speaks German. Also combinations of those language occur. I want to expand a web shop to Belgium. ...
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Will i18next affect SEO? What about screen readers?

I'm considering using i18next for translating text. But then it suddenly struck me; If labels / text is retrieved through javascript, won't that affect SEO? And what about screen readers for visual ...
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SEO for landing page of three different language sites

I have three sites running under the main domain example.com/en/ example.com/ar/ example.com/ur/ And there is a main HTML landing page example.com which have some introduction in three languages and ...
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Will a search engine index links with different languages if all apart from the main page are missing the path?

Our website www.websitename.com has three languages E.g: www.websitename.com/it www.websitename.com/en www.websitename.com/fr by going to each of those links you will get all the remaining ...
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.htaccess language detection, redirect and friendly URLs [closed]

I'm having problems with my .htaccess file. RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP:Accept-Language} (fr) [NC] RewriteRule .* http://www.example.com/frans [R,L] RewriteRule .* http://www.example.com/...
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Cross-domain linking for a multi-nation, multi-language site?

I have a website, that is available in, let's say, 3 countries (with data specific to each country), and provide users the posibility to see every website in each of the 3 primary languages of those ...
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How to solve misspelling error in non English website to optimize SEO?

I am the owner of website pretesti.ge. The content is not English and when I try to optimize it for SEO I come across the misspelling errors ("This page contains some spelling errors."). Is there a ...
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Why would someone try viewing the site with unsupported languages?

Our site is receiving page views with strange browser locales. The most recent, on Sunday, included the following; vi_VN vi_VI zh_SG as_AS bn_BN mr_MR kn_KN or_OR ml_ML pa_PA pa_IN pa_PK ta_TA te_TE ...
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multiple languages same pages shall I change the page URL path as well?

We own multiple country code top-level domains for our website e.g DE, UK ,FR. When someone visits for one of those domains they redirect to .com and the language automatically changes for the ...
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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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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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How would Spanish text at bottom of English content page change how our pages rank? [duplicate]

On our real estate site we are planning to put Spanish text (2-3 lines) at bottom of every page. Except for the bottom part, all the content is in English. I am new to Page Rank & Google search ...
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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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Patterns for creating a Language Switcher?

I'm a big fan of the book The Design Of Sites which has patterns for diverse things needed in webmastering and site design. However the topic about translation, localization and internationalization ...
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How to implement hreflang on a single domain?

Large amounts of a company's (English) content are duplicated across the following ccTLDs: example.co.uk example.com example.au example.ie example.co.nz The issue is that, realistically, we can only ...
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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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Am I violating AdSense TOS by allowing Google Translate widget to translate into unsupported languages?

DETAILS I want to use a Google Translate widget/plugin on my website. The website is written in English and has AdSense code embedded in it. The website is aimed at a global market, but because of ...
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Google is displaying “Translate this page” based on a previously registered domain inbound links

I recently started a new project with a newly registered generic tld domain. As soon as Google started indexing the page, it displayed a "translate this page" in SERP's, which tries to translate the ...
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SEO on multilanguage website URL

I'm setting up a multilanguage website and I would like to have your help to take the best decision as regard SEO. After reading this. I would like to change my URLs from this form www.mywebsite.com/...
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Get rank for non english keyword in a english site [duplicate]

I'm trying to get to the first page of Google search for a keyword in swedish language but the site and it's content is in english. What's my best option here to get to the first page? Will anchor ...
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What is the best way to handle special characters for Google searches?

For example, originally my name is Denny Müller but I have used Denny Mueller for many years. This is common practice in Germany and it has the same meaning but with a different way of writing it. I ...
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Should I just ban everyone who has no language setting?

I am constantly seeing in my logs the same type of visitor: They have no language setting, i.e. $_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE'] == '' so it's empty, and their referrer is some scam server in Russia ...
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SEO - Redirect on first page (example.com -> example.com/en)

I have website with multiple languages and at first entrance it checks for cookie and if no cookie is present then it defaults to English language and redirects to example.com/en. So basically every ...
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multilingual domains both crawled and come up to the wrong audience

I have a domain with multilingual support through subdomains. Each language version is identical besides the titles which are translated. e.g.: domain.com ja.domain.com es.domain.com I'm redirecting ...
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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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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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Chrome says my website is Serbian…how do I “force” chrome to use english? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent Google mistakenly offering to translate a page? Our website is based in the U.S. and all of our users are in the U.S. and the site is written in english. ...
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How to handle gender and sexual orientation on a form with select boxes more inclusively?

The existing question and the answers for it are not satisfying when one wants to be more inclusive. Gender as Male, Female or No Answer works for some sites, but not others. Taking the view that ...
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Transferring users and search engines to a new domain

I've been asked to take over the maintenance of an existing site that's being reworked. At present it's serving localised content for several languages, but via a fairly unhelpful mechanism that ...
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HTML Lang ISO Code

I have a multi-language site for English and Chinese (Hong Kong). My previous setting for Chinese Hong Kong (zh-hk) had: <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="zh-hk" xml:lang="...
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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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What is better with 3 languages: domain-lang.org x 3, domain.org/lang or lang.domain.org? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I structure my urls for both SEO and localization? I have three domains for similar content in three languages. One in each. I have now been told that the ...
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Will loading meta tags dynamically from a database hurt the site?

I have a website (ASP.NET MVC) which has its contents mainly in Sinhala language. So the search engines will list my site only when someone searches for Sinhala words. But,I need to list my site's ...
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Best practise for meta tags in various languages

We have a global site, all hosted on one .com domain (www.example.com/en www.example.com/es www.example.com/pt www.example.com/ru etc.) Each language sub directory is identical to one another, apart ...
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Multilingual Support on a PHP Website

I have a very basic PHP website that is currently setup for two languages like so: lang.en.php - English strings lang.es.php - Espanol strings en/ - folder with PHP pages (PHP first processes the URL ...
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Are inconsistent language tags bad for SEO

Our website offers 3 languages in the following manner: -English: www.example.org/en with <html xml:lang="en" lang="en"> -Spanish: www.example.org/es with <html xml:lang="es" lang="es"> -...
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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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Are there advantages of using hard coded URLs for localization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I structure my urls for both SEO and localization? On the Synergy website, localization is detected (and can be overridden) but uses the same URL for all languages. ...
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input type=“file” default language is system language?

I have a question, let's say I have <input type="file" name="image" />. Will the text of the button will change if user will have different language as his system default one? If so than how can ...
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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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I want to be a developer (website and web application) and want to choose asp.net as a programming lang [closed]

I want to be a developer (website and web application) and want to choose asp.net as a programming lang. I am currently an intermediate web designer. My friend told me that there are many things in ...
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Rel = translation

I can't find much online about rel="translation" We have tutorials and manual entries which we are going to get users to translate. If the original page in English is: http://www.scirra.com/...
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SEO & Multilingual: would be this a good practise?

I am currently making a bilingual website and I'd like to get nice SEO results of course. Here's my idea: The internal links would be composed of the "www" subdomain so that people can share links ...
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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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How does Google/SEs react to redirects from a domain root /

I have a website that's currently entirely English. I'm adding support for multiple languages, and would like them all indexed (so I can't serve different languages at the same URL). I opted to use / ...