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301 Redirecting Non-English Sub Folders To Main Domain


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#1 Ekon

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 05:30 PM

Hello,
 
I have websites in europe countries which are not performing well and I need to close the website in those countries. Different language websites are on different sub-folders on the same domain such as: 
 
example.com/es/
example.com/pt/
example.com/de/
example.com/fr/
example.com/pl/
 
The main site is in English which is on example.com
 
Now there are thousands of pages in different languages on the sub-folders (Spanish, French , German etc.)
 
Should I 301 redirect them to the english version site example.com  , will there be any issues ?
 
Is there any other recommendation or 301 redirect to the main site is the best solution.
 
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Edited by chrishirst, 31 March 2015 - 05:47 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2015 - 05:50 PM

Surely if you direct all languages to the English language pages, would it not perform even less well?

 

Always assuming you are talking about something useful such as conversions, rather than useless and pointless "rankings"


Edited by chrishirst, 31 March 2015 - 05:51 PM.


#3 Ekon

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 05:59 PM

Conversions and sale is definitely more important , but I wanted to make sure we dont lose the organic rankings of existing english version site.

 

So you would 301 redirect example.com/es/ and other languages to example.com

 

and example.com/es/category/ and other languages to example.com/category/  pages 



#4 Michael Martinez

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 08:43 PM

I'm not sure that would be a good user experience. How about redirecting each section to a page in its own language that explains that the non-English site has been closed and visitors should go to the English site (providing a link)?

Some people disagree with this strategy but you could also implement it as a custom 404 page for each language. I'm just not sure what people would make of the experience of looking for a page in Polish and suddenly finding themselves on a page in English.

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:42 AM

 

 

but I wanted to make sure we dont lose the organic rankings of existing english version site.

 

A question that nobody can answer, you might, then again you might not.

 

Rankings are such that an equally valid question could be;

 

When I looked out of the window, it was raining, will that affect my site's Google rankings?



#6 Ekon

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:50 AM

Michael Many thanks for your time replying. 

 

There is three options now :

 

1) 301 redirect page by page to the English version URLs.

2) Create a custom 410 error pages.

3) Redirect all the European language pages to single newly created page, explaining we have closed business in those countries. 

 

I might go with the 301 redirect page by page to the English version URLs.

 

 

chrishirst

 

You are a time waster mate , I just Googled all your replies to other topics, you are not helpful at all and very arrogant.



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 12:33 PM

 

 

All 7,318? ... ... In EIGHT minutes?? Now that's some speed reading. :)


Oh and read this, http://searchenginel...f-success-13258



#8 Jill

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:59 PM

1) 301 redirect page by page to the English version URLs.

 

 

Would be fine. 






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