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Why is a message showing in Google Analytics language column?

Google Analytics Spam is linking to THIS discussion thread now. If you got to this thread because you saw a referral in your Google Analytics, YOU HAVE BEEN FOOLED. Check the Language for those ...
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Why is a message showing in Google Analytics language column?

You can ignore this. It has no impact on your site.¹ What is happening? When requesting resources from your site, clients (i.e., bots, humans using a browser, …) can send additional request headers (...
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SEO impact of using non-Latin characters in URL

Some SEOs are wary of using these non-Latin characters in URLs because of the way it might display in certain browsers, or in certain text cases when the link is copied and pasted somewhere online....
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Can a <link /> element's href attribute be relative?

Looks like it. This example comes from the HTML5 specs: For example, the following link is a French translation that uses the PDF format: <link rel=alternate type=application/pdf ...
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How does Google determine duplicate content when it's translated into different languages?

...is it considered to be duplicate content if the site is in another language which happens to be an exact duplicate? Google doesn't consider the same content translated into different languages ...
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Foreign text on English website

You should use the lang attribute (e.g., on the html element) to declare the language, not a meta tag. This allows you to overwrite the language declaration for other parts on the page (note the lang ...
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Why would my website language be incorrectly detected, and how do I set it to the right language?

Try this in the <head> section: <meta charset="UTF-8"> <meta name="google" content="notranslate"> <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en">
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Why would my website language be incorrectly detected, and how do I set it to the right language?

One thing to note is that when Google suggests, "This page is in XYZ" and offers translation, it doesn't necessarily mean it thinks the entire page is in that language. Even if it thinks ...
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Should permalinks be in English on a non-English website for better SEO?

Permalinks, like all other site content, should be in the native language of the website if possible. As far as I know, there is no SEO benefit to having permalinks in a different language from the ...
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SEO - Redirect on first page (example.com -> example.com/en)

As of Jun 10, 2014 Google recommends either ccTLDs, Subdomains with gTLDs or Sub-directories with gTLDs. URL parameters such as ?lang=en are not recommended: https://support.google.com/webmasters/...
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How does SEO work for "non standard" languages?

I don't speak Albanian, but I ran a little test on google.al. When I type keng in the search box, it offered me kenge and keng popullore in the drop box. keng popullore returns many music videos and ...
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Should we localize URLs for default language or not?

I think it’s better to include the language code for the default language, too. Quoting the pros from my answer on Stack Overflow: If you decide to change the default language, you don’t have to ...
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Recommended approach for slug generation with multiple languages

You'll have better user metrics, if you create slugs in language according to the language version: users will easier remind about page addresses to visit them twice, users will faster understand ...
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French language comes up before English language site for site: search on English version of Google

To answer your questions: If you do not have localized country-specific versions of your site live at the https://www.construct.net/en-us and https://www.construct.net/fr-fr URLs, then remove those ...
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Using productontology in Schema.org for another language?

The fact that http://www.productontology.org/id/Vinothek works (it redirects to http://www.productontology.org/id/Enoteca) is not because it’s called "Vinothek" in German, but because the English ...
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link rel="alternate" and hreflang : targeting country independently of language

No you cannot do this using hreflang, they are primarily for language and location is optional, but you cannot just mark up the location: Do not specify a country code by itself! Google does not ...
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Will adding nofollow to alternate language links prevent Googlebot from crawling so many of them?

Adding nofollow generally does not prevent Googlebot from discovering content. See: Does a "nofollow" attribute on a link prevent URL discovery by search engines? If the nofollow link is the only ...
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Serving the same content in different languages over the same URL

What I want to do is detect the language of the browser in my PHP-script and serve the different versions based on that (there will probably be a button to switch the language as well). However, with ...
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How to make sure Chinese text is rendered in webpage?

If the specified font doesn’t contain a glyph for a character, browsers typically use a fallback font to render this character. (Browsers don’t have do this, of course, and how it exactly works ...
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How to make a website with another language but support to English Search Queries (Local Site)?

First off, I want to address the decision over language - as I initially thought that you would want to use both languages on your website... but the more I researched, the more I realized that it is ...
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How to make a website with another language but support to English Search Queries (Local Site)?

@BenoitLussier If you read my answer, English is (to some degree) naturally integrated into the Sinhala Language. Not to mention, Google understands the user's language based on their interface ...
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Do you use the country or country and language for subdomains?

Google determines language by running your page through a machine learning algo, they don't use tags: Google uses the visible content of your page to determine its language. We don’t use any code-...
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Why do some websites have language specific URLs, when the users still use the .com version?

Automatic language detection doesn't work well. It is usually based on either the geographic region associated with the IP address or based on the Accept-Language parameter. Geo IP databases are ...
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Hreflang attribute on <a> tag

The a hreflang attribute is indeed a semantically correct way to signal that a linked page is in a different language than the current page. Regarding SEO, it never makes sense to worry about the ...
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For language URLs, should the default language gets its own subdirectory or take the document root?

Either way can work fine for SEO. There is going to be no difference in crawl rate. Targeting can be done either way with hreflang. I have a site with great SEO with English at the root of the ...
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SEO impact of default language duplication vs redirects

Regardless of redirects (Saw your comment), if you don't set hreflang annotations and canonicalize pages Google will likely consider them duplicates. Via document <head> <head> <title&...
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How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?

The latest adoption into this direction like Single Page Application (SPA) for SAAS based products - Using different websites for different countries will be lose link juice that would otherwise go ...
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Cross-domain linking for a multi-nation, multi-language site?

As your question states, they are websites using the same application and maybe the same look and feel (template); they work exactly the same way. First, you must set Geographic target in Google ...
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What is the SEO impact of hreflang attributes pointing to non-existent pages?

Nothing will happen. If you know that you're implementing it like this, you probably want to achieve something with it though, so maybe you should just implement it properly? :-)
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Does Mediawiki need to be installed twice to support a second website in another language?

Not necessarily but it would require considerable time to tweak your wiki. See here: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Multilingual_MediaWiki Note that if you had both languages on the same wiki, you ...
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