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Best Url Option For Multi-lingual Site


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#1 Say Yebo

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:22 PM

I have just completed on-page SEO on the English pages of a site that also has French pages (I was not asked to do the French pages.)

Now the client has asked me: How would you like us to manage multi-lingual content URLs for all pages, including the site root?

They have asked me which of these options is better from and SEO point of view, and I'm really not sure. Anyone have any suggestions?

Options:

Cookies/Sessions
?locale= GET parameter
Subdomains for each language
Enforcing unique URLs (like /home_en_US)
Subfolders for each language
top-level domains for each language

Thanks,
Caro

Edited by Say Yebo, 06 November 2011 - 09:55 PM.


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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:23 AM

If you want search engines to be able to index each language page then they have to have unique URLs. That rules out cookies and sessions.

Are you talking about multiple languages as well as multiple target regions. If you are then I'd recommend a top-level domains for each language. Each domain will target the correct region for you.

.uk - English
.fr - French


If it's one region with two languages (e.g. Canada) then I'd recommend choosing one language as the main one and having the other languages use sub-folders based on a two letter language code. e.g.

.ca - French
.ca/en/ - English

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:22 AM

QUOTE(Tiggerito @ Nov 7 2011, 03:23 AM) View Post
If it's one region with two languages (e.g. Canada) then I'd recommend choosing one language as the main one and having the other languages use sub-folders based on a two letter language code. e.g.

.ca - French
.ca/en/ - English


It is Canada... :-) Thanks for your feedback Tiggerito.




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