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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Have search engines recognise multi-lingual sites

I have organised my site by language using the following structure: www.domain.com #spanish language version homepage www.domain.com/en #english language version homepage The site is of Spanish ...
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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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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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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 using optional URL segments bad for SEO?

I have a multilanguage site with urls like this https://example.org/en/ads/2 https://example.org/es/ads/2 https://example.org/it/ads/2 which serve the site in different languages. My site also ...
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Do Search Engine Spider's submit POST forms?

If I have content behind a POST form (a select box, in my case) will Googlebot, or other Search Engine Spiders be able to crawl the content behind that form? For example, if I were to have 4 ...
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Should I translate URL for better SEO?

I have a website about TV shows, that for default (EN) pages, it's like this: example.com/en/show/actors example.com/en/show/episodes The site is localized in different languages, and I was ...
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Is having a landing page for multi-country websites detrimental for search engine ranking?

I have a multi-language / multi-country website which uses a single domain name. The url structure is as follows: country-name.example.com/language/ Ex: ca.example.com/en/ ca.example.com/fr/ uk....
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Multi language site - use of canonical link and link rel=“alternate”

I keep reading everywhere that if you have a multilanguage site, where the same page appears in, say, French and English, then this is considered as duplicate content by google. It is written that ...
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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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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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SEO implications of having multiple languages available at same URL

I am in the process of translating a set of websites to multiple languages. Would there be any negative implications if I were to serve each different language from identical URLs? I fully intend to ...
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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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URL strategy for multilingual website [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data? I was wondering what would be the best URL strategy for a multilingual website (for an Italy ...
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Why doesn't Google index the translated versions of my page?

I have a website in Persian language and translated some of my popular posts into English and added this header in <head> section in both of the pages (not entire site): <link rel="alternate"...
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When using country and language codes in a URL, which goes first?

When running multiple international Websites, is the best practice in language tags to specify firstly the language code then the country code, or vice versa? For instance: http://www.example.com/en-...
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SEO optimization multiple region site, domains and multilingual site

I am taking SEO of our website to another level. I read a lot about it and study all aspects of how to properly handle multiple domains and languages. For now we use three domain names www.myurl.eu, ...
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Duplicate content appearing for multi lingual sites

I have a site which has a default url say "http://www.blahblah.com/" (which is default in english language). In my site there is support for multi languages. I am having few links at my home page say "...
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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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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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Multilanguage site meta content-language tag

I have a website which is in 3 languages: English (primary), German and French. When a language is selected all of page's content is translated to the selected language (the page content is always in ...
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Multi-country redirection where US is not the main site and it's SEO implications

We run a custom built e-commerce platform. We started in Canada and our main site was thus built to serve canadian buyers. When we expanded into the US, we added a /us sub-folder as an identifier. We ...
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Multi Language website with subfolders, what to do with root domain?

I am setting a Magento multilanguage website with subfolder as suggested by many SEO and Google guideline. For example: example.com/it (Italian default) example.com/en (English) example.com/fr (...
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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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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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How to make Google recognize language for a multilingual website?

A few weeks ago I implemented a translation functionality for my company website. The website now offers content in french and English and I took the time to look on various guides on the internet on ...
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How do you set up the directory structure for a multilingual site without duplicating content?

I want to make a website in two languages. I've looked around and settled on the directory option of separating both languages. How do I make it work? Let's say I have the following three files for ...
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Should I specify both <a rel=“alternate”> and <link rel=“alternate”> for multilingual websites?

I have read Google's recommendations regarding <link rel="alternate"> in the <head> for multilingual websites. As far as I know, we can also use rel="alternate" on <a> tags, and so ...
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Does Google use any “Language” flags / tags set within a PDF file when determining its language?

When determining the language of a HTML page, I understand that Google looks at any language declarations that the page owner has set, and then also applies its own language detection algorithms. But ...
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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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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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Clean URLs at multilingual single-page site

I'd like to get rid of multilingual stuff in URLs, i.e. to get site.com/page instead of en.site.com/page, site.com/en/page, and site.com/page?lang=en. The motivation is: humans don't need the stuff. ...
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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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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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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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Best practice when translating sites into multiple languages - new domains?

For the same website I've got 3 domains: .fr, .com, and .co.uk. To start with it was to avoid people buying the same name. I used have my content in French only and redirected all the traffic to the ...
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Multilingual sites SEO and canonical

I'm in the process of improving the SEO in one of our client's multilingual sites. Currently the site passes a user the site in their preferred language by checking for a language cookie set by the ...
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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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Tagging different currency pages for multi-currency webshop

I present two selections in my site; one is language (which will change the URL and content) and currency. The currency setting is applied via querystring, like page?curr=EUR, then it'll remember for ...
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Rewrite to SEO friendly URLs for language negotiation with type-map files on plain html files using .htaccess

When visiting the website www.example.com/ the visitor should be redirected to the correct language version, e.g. www.example.com/en for english and www.example.com/es for spanish. My current ...
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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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Multilingual website Google bot

Introduction I'm working on a project where a website exists out of 2 languages: nl and fr. The website itself is developed in ASP.NET where every page only exists once where the content of the page ...
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Redirect from the main page on multilanguage site

I've decided to start developing multilingual web site. Now I'm thinking about the structure. The idea is to use a simple algorithm to find out what language is most interesting to the visitor when he ...
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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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Different Title/Description for Google in different regions

I have multilanguage website targeting by subdomain: http://en.example.com/ - Displays only contents in English http://de.example.com/ - Displays only contents in German ... http://example.com/ - ...
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How can a two language page (about learning a language) be optimized for search engines?

I know that there are lots of docs about multi-languages website, but still cannot find a solution for my problem: I'm building a website to help people to learn Italian. The site contains pages with ...
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Can you use the ccTLD for sub-directories when geotargeting?

I know when targeting a specific country or region the best way to do it with the the ccTLD. But if you choose the sub-directory route, should those sub-directories be named the same way you would use ...
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Indexing a multilingual website

I am trying to create a multilingual website using the Django framework, all default content is English. I have added a native translation (Dutch). https://mydomain.com/ redirects to the user request ...

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