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Hi E's, I want a opinion for what I will do in my project.
I will launch a project in 10 different languages. I have the domain for example example.com, and the page was index.php, so the address is www.example.com/index.php.
I will use index.php for show the contain in the 10 languages, without index.php?lang=en or es, or pt etc, I will control the language I show with session variables.

My afraid is google will see always example.com/index.php, regardless the language the client choice to see the page.

Google will index all languages, regardless the URL was always the same?

Regards, JC
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You would have to assume that the google bot isn't going to use session variables.  What is your default, English?   If so then that is what will be indexed.

If you were to include links in your site to change the language and use the GET variables then you would have a better chance of having the other languages indexed
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by:Tony McCreath
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Yep, you really want the URL to indicate the language if you want all languages indexed. And all links in a page need to stick to that language.

If you use a query parameter then a session variable, Google will forget the language and keep going back to the default.
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by:Pedro Chagas
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Hi, I have the same idea, but was not sure, I decided to ask.
I will rewrite all languages, like:
www.example.com/en/......
www.example.com/pt/......
www.example.com/es/...... etc

In this way google will index?

Regards, JC
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doing it like this:
www.example.com/en/......
www.example.com/pt/......
www.example.com/es/...... etc

would really help!!! but,

I thing the best solution is to register new domain names according to your country and languages and point each domain to it's own language and website files as needed and link your new domains to each other, so you would end having:

example.com
example.es

etc, etc, and so on......

This would help GEO targeting, your SEO and your indexing as well.
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by:Pedro Chagas
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Hi @andreeochoa, and sub domains, like es.example.com, en.example.com etc?

Regards, JC
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If registering domains is not an option right now, then I would go with sub domains stating the full language name, something like this:

english.example.com/
spanish.example.com/

Doing so will help SEO and Indexing but not GEO target.
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