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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 ...
unor's user avatar
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4 votes

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 ...
Evgeniy's user avatar
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Mixed English and Arabic URLs recommended format

Yes, translating URL slugs is an accepted practice. By translating the slugs you will make it easier for Google to understand what language the page is targeting. Similarly, visitors will also find it ...
Matthew Edgar's user avatar
3 votes

.co.uk site showing up for brand name searches from the US even when targeted .com site is available

I think the proper heading looks something like this: <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com" hreflang="en-us" /> <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.co.uk" hreflang="en-gb" /&...
Michael d's user avatar
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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 ...
unor's user avatar
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Arabic keywords in URL in two levels

I have pages indexed with Google with arabic and foreign characters in the URL. I think this is good for driving foreign traffic to my site. One link looks like this: example.com/अजमेर I'm also using ...
Michael d's user avatar
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Correct hreflang tag for Brazilian Portuguese speakers in the UK

Unfortunately, the hreflang standard does not specify regional varieties of languages. You can target by language, or by language and region, but that should be enough to target most users accurately. ...
Henry Visotski's user avatar
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.co.uk site showing up for brand name searches from the US even when targeted .com site is available

You should use hreflang to geo locate each domain. Quality links from those countries (local extensions and/or IP servers located there) would definitely help on local ranks.
Emirodgar's user avatar
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Implement hreflang with multiple regions same language and page

Most of your hreflang are unneeded, maybe because you are confusing languages and localizations. See https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5646.html#section-2.2.4 : Region subtags are used to indicate ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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How to make localized site discoverable on SERP

Everything you have done so far is correct: Created separate URLs for the content in different languages. (See How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?) Put in hreflang meta tags....
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
2 votes

Can JavaScript be used to obtain real-time GPS location data?

Javascript Geolocation requires special permissions. Chrome used to allow geoloc to be more easily accessible but has since restricted most code from accessing it. Here are a few examples of things ...
Michael d's user avatar
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Multilingual content and SEO - best practices?

Does having multilingual content help SEO in a given language? Does translating English articles into Spanish and French improve the rankings of the English content? No. Over time, there could be ...
Malte Landwehr's user avatar
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If .htaccess redirects domainroot to a localized start page, should the domain root (which should be canonical) be in the sitemap.xml?

Your sitemap should contain the URLs that you want search engines to index. It should not contain any URLs that: Redirect Are not canonical Google says: List only canonical URLs in your sitemaps. ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Google is indexing the root domain rather than the language subdirectory where it redirects

According to Google Developers' documentation, you can add localized equivalent for each page so my sitemap went from <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset ...
Adnan's user avatar
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Merge or create new GMB for business merger

It is not possible to merge two separate Google My Business listings - Google Reviews are stuck to the listing they were left on forever. You should keep both Google My Business listings active and ...
Mike Ciffone's user avatar
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.co.uk site showing up for brand name searches from the US even when targeted .com site is available

you can Do these things- Google uses several factors to rank a site in a region. like as Domain level extension - .com, co.in, co.uk etc. country domains ranks in relative country higher. but for ...
Harpreet Munjal's user avatar
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hreflang - do I need to prefix links on the different versions of my pages?

You should update all your links to include the language. This is because: Googlebot doesn't send a variety of Accept-Language headers to the same URL. It expects the language to be specified in ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Does localised content between two cities in the same country cause duplicate content issues for search engines?

Google only supports localization at the country level. You can have separate sites with the same content for two countries, even if they speak the same language. For example you can have separate ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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When translating a site into multiple languages, can we redirect our original language URLs to include the language identifier and maintain SEO?

If your developer is using a 301 Redirect then this is the best practice. Google guideline (and I guess guideline from other search engines) is simple on this matter. When you are moving a URL and ...
pierostz's user avatar
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How can I know the exact search results of a query in the U.S if I'm not in the U.S?

use VPN like "strong VPN" or "tunnel bear" and then open incognito mode, then type google.com for the USA, google.co.uk for the United Kingdom and so on. Then search for your keyword
deepak kushwaha's user avatar
1 vote

SEO: Separate domain targeting each state or one domain with state-specific sections

SEO vs CTR vs Usability Duplicate Content & Canonicalization onlinetrainingqld.com.au etc would never be good unless everything about the content is different. Your keywords would be dissolved ...
Electron's user avatar
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1 vote

Google analytics language stats seems contradictory

Isn't es the total combination of all spanish languages from different countries? No. Google Analytics is reporting the exact browser language settings of each visitor. So for any given Spanish-...
Ciaran's user avatar
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1 vote

Can JavaScript be used to obtain real-time GPS location data?

Yes, Javascript can be used to obtain real-time GPS location, if the browser has allowed the website to access the device location. The following code obtains the user's location, and the function ...
undo's user avatar
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Use a single global domain with language subdirectories and language specific URL slugs for Wordpress internationalization

No plugin required This can easily be done without a plugin and by using WP page templates Copy header.php to header-spanish.php Copy footer.php to footer-spanish.php Copy page.php to page-spanish....
Simon Hayter's user avatar
1 vote
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Avoiding Localization for Blog and Youtube

If you want to target a worldwide audience you need two things: A site on a global top level domain such as .com. If you build a site on most country code domains (like .co.uk) then Google will ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Global Blog Post and Duplicate Content Penalties When Using hreflang For Language and Regional URLs

example.com/fr/en/blog/2017/01/global-app-update-new-feature/ example.com/de/en/blog/2017/01/global-app-update-new-feature/ must be marked as canonical to example.com/blog/2017/01/global-app-...
Олександр Киричек's user avatar
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Should I build a second site just like the first but with a different keyword to rank for a synonym?

Google usually handles synonyms automatically these days. At most you would just need to use the synonym sometimes on the same site. Google calls copying pages and just changing one keyword ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar

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