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Google not indexes specific language pages Joomla.

Posted on 2012-04-10
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Hello Experts,

I have a problem with indexing on my site. http://www.egoeast.co.il
History:
1. 3 languages website (Hebrew, English, Russian)
2. I use "jcrawler" to generate sitemap.xml (xml is ok, and includes all relevant pages)
3 SEF SH404 for SEF URL's
4. System - Language Filter DISABLED!!!
5. sitemap.xml in root and accessible (http://www.egoeast.co.il/sitemap.xml)

Question:
Google not indexes "Hebrew" pages, Hebrew is website main language.
Rest of languages indexed well.
Some how, every time new customer accessing website he got ENG and not HE.(if it may help)

Please HELP!!!

Thank you very very much...

Dan
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by:eglescout
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My guess is that your default language for the site/front side is set to en-GB. Because you do  not have a language tag in your url for Hebrew language pages, I am guessing Google is missing those because your Hebrew language pages are not the default.   Would you check?

Here's how (in the English language version of Joomla):

1.

Go to the Control Panel or Dashboard of the  Administrator side of the site.

2.

Click the Language Manager icon.

3.

Make sure that Hebrew (he-il) is the default in the Installed - Site tab.  The default language will have a gold star in its row.  If Hebrew does not, click the white star to make it the default.

4.

Go back to the Control Panel / Dashboard  and clear the cache.  (Under dropdown menu Site->Maintenance->Clear cache)
Then check your site to see if Hebrew comes up as the first language.  If it does, Google may index the Hebrew language pages.

Let us know what happens.
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by:DanSmir
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Hello eglescout,

I did this two month ago. Hebrew is Default, and cache cleaned.
No luck. Ideas?
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by:eglescout
ID: 37852053
I thought you probably did, but it was worth checking it out.

Have you looked at the Language Manager->Content?  Do you have all three of your languages listed there?  Are they in the order that you want?

I am guessing you already have the following plugins unpublished:
System - Language Code
System - Language Filter

I also noticed that when I visited your site today, I initially hit the English front page.  I went to the sitemap and noticed the 'Home' link in the sitemap did not contain a language code. (http://www.egoeast.co.il/) I am not sure what that means other than part of your site is behaving in the way that you want it.

If the languages are in the order that you want, then something with sh404sef is not working well.  You may have to purge the URLs and let them rebuild.  You can make a backup of the URLS first before you do that.  You can also reimport them.
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DanSmir earned 0 total points
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Finlay solved,

Solution was Joomla upgrade from 1.7.3 to 2.5.1
It seems that 1.7.3 has a problem with multilingual web sites.

Thanks all.

Dan
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by:eglescout
ID: 37910529
I'm glad you found a solution!
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Author Closing Comment

by:DanSmir
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I found solution my self, after pretty long investigation.
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