Questions tagged [multilingual]

This refers to the optimisation of websites that provide content in multiple languages, or variants of languages. Common issues relate to mechanisms for directing users to content in their language, and addressing difficulties in targeting content to specific search engines.

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Problem with how Google indexes multi-language and multi-domain website

I have a problem with how Google indexes multilanguage/multidomain website. Website itself handles two regions/languages and two domains. Language is identified by url param, not by the domain. ...
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Multi-Language Website Language Redirect Google Index Compatibility

My website is localized in three languages: en, de, fr. The language versions are appended to the URL as folders (e.g. website.com/en/, website.com/de/, website.com/en/contact/, etc). The root page (...
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Where in the path may I put the language identifier?

My organization has an SEO Auditor telling us that we need to create subdirectories for languages that we support on our website. That requirement is fine. Our organization's site is comprised of a ...
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With WordPress multi-language site in English and Spanish, Google doesn't index the URLs with the /es/

I have launched a website with English and Spanish languages. I've done it using WordPress multi-language (WPML), but I'm having a lot of problems indexing and ranking the Spanish URLs, which appear ...
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Using hreflang with same content across multilingual sites

I have a business listing site. The content of these businesses is ALL in German (title, description, etc), so nothing is translated to other languages. This last fact makes my question slightly ...
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Is there any way to separate secondary websites language traffic data on different search console property from top level property?

I want to add second language to my website. Now my search console properties are like below: http://mywebsite.com http://www.mywebsite.com https://mywebsite.com https://www.mywebsite.com I ...
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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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How to create an XML sitemap in Magento for multiple stores?

I have created these sitemaps because there are multiple stores. There is only one admin account for all the stores and it does not allow my to create multiple files names "sitemap.xml". www.example....
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Is there an SEO or pagerank benefit in grouping (rel=“alternate”) multi-language websites (using multiple domains) together?

I'm building this website that will be multi-region / multi-language. And for that, Google suggests the following: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/182192?hl=en Since, my domain will ...
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Multilingual SEO and Single-page application

I have a website (Single-Page Application) in VueJS, and want to implement localized versions with URLs like these: http://example.com/en http://example.com/de http://example.com/it I'm trying to ...
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SEO effects of redirecting from top level country domain to subdirectories on gTLD

I am developing a website which has 6-7 translations, the client owns the top level domain (.fr, .de, etc.) and wants to use these domains to direct users to the gTLD subfolder. I will be using ...
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How to exclude a site address without url prefix from being crawled by search engines?

Let's assume, i have a website on the following domain: example.com When a user visits example.com, it will be redirected by my script to one of 3 languages, based on their navigator.language, if he ...
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WordPress Polylang plugin - how to properly setup Internal Links

I am using Polylang plugin for the WordPress Website. Primary language is English. Secondary language is Deutch. Home page, other pages and posts contains images and text links - which are ...
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Redirect visitors to equivalent pages for a multilingual site without effecting SEO?

I have 5 language on my website example.com (main page on English) example.com/esp (Spanish) example.com/ger (Germany) example.com/ru (Russia) example.com/it (Italy) What the best way to redirect ...
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Multilingual sites, OpenGraph and localised preview?

We have a multilingual site, which supports language detection based on a mixture of the accept-language request header ( and user profile preferences. I am currently trying to improve OpenGraph ...
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SEO friendly multilanguage approach with Webshop host

I'm setting up a multilanguage regional based webshop via Wix. SEO is important. Wix' "solution" to SEO multilanguage support is over URL parameters (?lang=en) and Google / Moz documentation says that'...
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Is it OK for SEO to remove 10 of 16 translations of our site in subdirectories?

Our website has 16 different languages, each in a subdirectory. hreflang is not implemented. We are now trying to redesign the website and we want 6 languages to be active. The rest of the languages ...
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Shall I localise and translate Schema.org structured data into each available language?

Let's say we have a website that is offered in English and German. Assume the Services offered - { "@context": "http://schema.org/", "@type": "Service", "serviceType": "#{t('TRANSLATION.MARKETING')}...
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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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For Multi Language website should be go for sub domain for sub folder [duplicate]

we are planning to lunch business in multi-language. Now, the content will remain the same for all the website but, we are also trying to cater to the local audience. So, what will be the best ...
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Which canonical URL for language subdirectories with gTLD?

If I have pages with same content and different languages, for example: https://www.example.com/en/page/ https://www.example.com/de/page/ https://www.example.com/fr/page/ What will be the canonical ...
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Semantic markup itemprop name / description on multilingual website

I would like to set up semantic markup for products such as accommodation on a language stay on a site available in fr, en and es. I wonder if I can have the name of the Product and its description ...
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How to handle 404-pages caused by missing translation on multilingual websites

I'm currently working on a customers multilingual website that has a language switch in the menu bar. On every blog article you can click that switch. However, some articles don't have a translations. ...
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SEO: Multilingual website with different subdirectories for each languages [duplicate]

I have a multilingual website with the following structure: example.com <--- Main english version example.com/fr <--- The french version Is it important for SEO reasons to put a ...
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Why do some websites have language specific URLs, when the users still use the .com version?

I'm creating my first multilingual website and I have been looking at examples from other websites. So far I've noticed that many popular websites have a .com version and a kr.example.com or example....
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Domain redirect to main domain with language param (301) [duplicate]

The following scenario: I have purchased multiple domains for a project: domain.app domain.com domain.de Originally it was planned to display a landing page on domain.app. On domain.de the german ...
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Does translating images' file names in a multilingual website matter for SEO? [duplicate]

I'm taking care of a website's SEO. Its languages are Portuguese and Spanish. Usually, I just use English for programming, including files naming. In order to take advantage of boost rank that ...
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Multilingual site: what to do with untranslated pages?

We have this setup for our website: https://www.example.com/something.php → English version https://www.example.com/es/something.php → Spanish version Same for other languages. We also have some ...
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Is it a good practice to use 'nofollow' on internal links in a multi-language website?

I've a website which is in en-US and fr-FR and I'm building links for the en version of the website. Should I put all the fr links on the English version nofollow? Is it a good practice?
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Place language slug in URL or not?

I see that https://developers.google.com/ offers articles in different language. They get the language from browser setting and don't place any language slug in the URL. Is this really a good practise?...
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Issue with language subfolders ranking in wrong country

I have a multi language website with subfolders: /uk/ /au/ /us/ /ca/ Unfortunately in the US, our UK subfolder is ranking causing users to go to the wrong version of the site. What's the best way to ...
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SEO impact on switching the landing page language

Say you had a .com website which is currently not in English, and that you decide to both add English and make it the default language for the landing page. Would there be any SEO impact ? The ...
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ccTLD (e.g. .it) instead of a gTLD (e.g. .com) for a multicountry AND multilang site

I use a ccTLD for my website and I want to use it as a gTLD. Will Google punish me for using a ccTLD instead of a gTLD (e.g. .com) for a multicountry AND multilang site? The URL structure I'm aiming ...
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Using addon domain name for multilingual website

I want to have translated versions of my website to serve certain countries. I want to use different, dedicated domain names, like: www.mywebsite.example (main domain) www.monsiteweb.fr (new) www....
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A domain for each language or a single domain, which is better for SEO?

My project is in 7 languages. For each language, we bought a domain. The project already has some success. Some domains have many visitors from search engines, some not so many. When we launched, ...
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How to configure the robots.txt file with a multilingual site?

I have a site with Drupal 8 and I activate English and French (Language from the URL path prefix). Here is what my url resembles : https://www.example.com/en/node/add https://www.example.com/fr/node/...
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Is a single Internal Link enough to tell search engines that a page is regional specific?

I am working on a multi-national/multi-lingual eCommerce website, with the following website structures: www.example.co.uk (UK Based English speakers) www.example.co.uk/es/ (UK Based Spanish ...
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What is the most SEO friendly way to redirect the main domain to different subdirectories?

I have a multilingual website (English / Hungarian). I need to redirect my domain (mysite.hu) to subdirectories (/hu, /en), based on chosen user language preference (the default is Hungarian). For ...
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Change of Address tool - Google - how to solve migration to example.com/cs/

My question is about change of domain address tool. Old domain is example.cz, we resolve the move to the multilingual example.shoes domain example.shoes is domain with language mutations from ...
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Is it cloaking to use translated international content in different subfolders?

I already read all the recommended answers, but they don't give me any help on what I want to ask. I already read the following: Root index.html file of a multi-language website but it does not ...
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Why would a person or bot visit my “about us” page three times every day?

Something strange happens on my site (which is on 6 languages): I use statcounter for monitoring the website. In the last 3-4 months, I observed that at least 3 times per day, one page is "visited", ...
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Should I serve a customized sitemap to Baidu that only contains URLs with Chinese content?

I'm working on a multilingual website which has Chinese as one of the supported languages. I have a sitemap that includes links to all the pages on the website. Should I serve to the Baidu bot a ...
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Root index.html file of a multi-language website [duplicate]

I have a multi-language website and according to the Google guidelines for multi-language sites, I should keep the two or more versions of my website in two different subfolders, like: www.example....
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Multilanguage and Effect on Live Website's SEO

I'm new and learning to SEO. My question is, if I already have a website that has a pretty decent rank with just one language and I wanted to add another language, do it affecting my previous rank? ...
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Will showing social media sharing buttons cause a website to be banned inside China?

We are about to build a multi-regional website that targets users in China and other places. However, a concern was raised about the use of social media sharing buttons. Since China blocks common ...
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SEO Multilingual Sitemap structure

I have noticed in a few articles that xml sitemaps for Multilingual websites are setup like this... http://example.com/sitemap_fr.xml http://example.com/sitemap_en.xml http://example.com/sitemap_es....
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Are hreflangs needed in the XML sitemap if they are used in the head of each page?

I have a multi-language website like this: example.com/de/about example.com/fr/about example.com/about (English) I decided to put the hreflang link elements in the <head> of each file. Now I ...
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German site is not indexed, Search Console says it is duplicate of the English site, even though it is different language content

I have problems to understand why my website isn't ranked correctly. I have 2 domains which open the site in 2 different languages: DE: https://ausgaben-rechner.de/ EN: https://expense-calculator.com/...
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Hreflang & duplicate content on a multi-language website

I have a multi-language website like this: example.com/de/about example.com/fr/about example.com/about (English) On this website there are about 3000 users. Many of them have a profile picture, a ...
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Does different IP address of similar sites affect SEO?

I am administering two similar sites on two domains, XX.cz for the Czech language and X-X.sk for the Slovak language. Both sites are on different servers with different IPs. I suggested to move the ...

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