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Different Languages - Paramaterized Links?

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#1 mortona


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 03:39 PM

Lets say my company is at www.mysite.com. Clicking on a language link sets a cookie via javascript and refreshes the page. Because of this, only the english is indexed. My suggestion after reading up on it is to put the languages in subdirectories (www.mysite.com/es). Some coworkers seemed hesitant and want to know if they could use parametrized links instead to set the cookie on the server side (thinking this works for crawlers). What are the implications of doing it either way?

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Oh, I forgot to mention: The importance of the cookie is that our site is primarily a flash application, and so language is set for both the HTML landing/home page and the app.

Edited by mortona, 02 July 2009 - 04:04 PM.

#2 Randy


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 08:47 PM

Either way should work out to be the same for the search engines. Adding a language subdirectory creates a slightly different url string from the original. Add a parameter also creates a slightly different url string from the original. Either way it should help the search engines find those different language pages. Unlike what's happening now.

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