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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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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When translating a site go with URLs in Chinese or English?

What is the best practice when translating a site to Chinese, go with URLs in Chinese or English? Could you please share the reason why?
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When the root URL of a domain doesn't have a specific site, how should visitors be directed to language folders?

My question is not technical (how to do it using X technology), it's about choosing proper approach that is good for SEO. Description Let's say I have a website example.com. It's a multilingual site,...
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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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Proper status code for language redirection (301, 302, … 307)?

I have build a websites with multiple languages. The URLs look like: http://www.example.com/en/ http://www.example.com/de/ If the user access the main domain http://www.example.com/ the web server ...
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How to name image files in multi language site?

I have one site with two languages: English and Spanish for example. What would be the proper convention to name image files? From my point of view it would be stupid to duplicate image and then name ...
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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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Multi Language URLs

I'm building an online store that will be supported in 3 languages: English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. My question is whether or not it is a good idea to make language specific ...
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Is it for SEO okay to mix the subfolder structure between /lang/ & /lang-country/?

We are currently maintaining country folders like www.example.net/de/ www.example.net/fr/ Now we are thinking about Swiss with 3 languages (it, de, fr). I think it's bad to change all the current ...
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How my website will be ranked if I host multilanguage blogs under my domain?

I want to make two weblogs in two different languages under my personal domain, such as blog1.domain.org and blog2.domain.org. I want to optimize my website in such a way that with searchs in either ...
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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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http-equiv=content-language alternative - the way of specifying document language

Lots of web sites uses following meta tag to specify the default language of the document: <meta http-equiv="content-language" content="es-ES"> When I go to W3C site and read about HTML ...
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Canonical tag for untranslated content on a multilingual site

We have a multilingual site where some pages have not been translated yet. However, our CMS already serves them under their language-specific URL, for example: https://example.com/email-inbox/ and ...
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Multi-language site, landing page

Couldn't find a similar question here, and seems kinda simple, so sorry if this has been asked before. I'm developing a site with dual language, setup in the following format: http://www.example.com/...
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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 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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Should I include the current language code in <link rel=“alternate” hreflang=“” />?

I have a multilingual site and I have the following <link rel="alternate" > in the head section. <link href="http://www.example.com/en" rel="canonical" /> <link rel="alternate" ...
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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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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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Multilingual and SEO URLs - best practice?

What would you recommend as a URL structure for setting up a multilingual site when optimizing for SEO? I'm thinking: www.yoursite.com/en/some-category/some-article/ www.yoursite.com/sv/en-kategori/...
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Multi language switch links translated or in current language?

Should I do: A: translate the language links in the current language: (if I am on the English version) <a href="en/">English</a> | <a href="it/">Italian</a> | <a href="fr/...
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How can I use dual language metadata?

I have an online newspaper website. The content is fully in the Bangla language. The language of the website is Bangla but visitors are searching in search engines (Google, Yahoo & Bing) in ...
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Can search engines change language and read the cookie?

I am building a multi language website in PHP and prepared all my strings in English by default using gettext() My locale/it_IT/LC_MESSAGES/default.mo file is working correctly and now I need to sort ...