Solved

Cultures in Search engine optimization

Posted on 2014-03-20
5
258 Views
Last Modified: 2014-06-23
Hi,

I have a worry concerning SEO on my site. It is accessed using URLs like this one: www.mysite.com/startpage. Now, the site is multilingual and the culture is set by the visitors browser. The visitor can also at any time change the culture. There is no indication of culture in the URL.

How can I instruct the search engine to look for all available cultures for the site?

Best regards
RTsol
0
Comment
Question by:RTSol
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 47

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
Comment Utility
This depends on how your web site is set up.

Search engines search for fixed links such as http://this_site.com/secondpage.html

If you use javascript to supply links they can't find those pages.  See http://www.htmlbasictutor.ca/search-engine-javascript.htm  So if culture links are accessed by javascript they won't be found.

If you have a sitemap page link on the website and the sitemap includes the links for other cultures then the culture links will be found.  In your example link above there is a sitemap page link.
0
 

Author Comment

by:RTSol
Comment Utility
Hi,

Well my problem is that the same URL can provide a bunch of cultures. Which is the default culture when for instance the Google crawler makes a visit?

There is no javascript involved in choosing the culture - it's all code behind (C#).

Do I have a problem?

Best regards RTsol
0
 
LVL 47

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
Comment Utility
>>  Which is the default culture when for instance the Google crawler makes a visit?

Google doesn't care and accepts all languages.  See http://rafistern.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/tuning-localization-for-googlebot/

Also see https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/Sg6P3C7bE-U

If you sitemap has links to all of the different cultures then there is no problem.
0
 

Author Comment

by:RTSol
Comment Utility
Hi,

Well, I have looked at your references and to me it seems like I need a separate URL for each language - or am I wrong here? As it is now the URL http://www.mysite.com/startpage can display many different languages depending on the users actions - there is no indication of language in the URL.

Best regards
Robert Tell
0
 
LVL 47

Accepted Solution

by:
dbrunton earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
>>  Well, I have looked at your references and to me it seems like I need a separate URL for each language - or am I wrong here?

You're right.

Also see https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en

>>  As it is now the URL http://www.mysite.com/startpage can display many different languages depending on the users actions - there is no indication of language in the URL.

It is taking the accept-language variable that the browser passes to it and then adjusting the language for the web page that it sends back to the browser.  Googlebot doesn't send that variable when it searches.
0

Featured Post

What Security Threats Are You Missing?

Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

Join & Write a Comment

Marketers need statistics and metrics like everybody else needs oxygen. In this article we explain how to enable marketing campaign statistics for Microsoft Exchange mail.
This code takes an Excel list of URL’s and adds a header titled “URL List”. It then searches through all URL’s in column “A”, looking for duplicates. When a duplicate is found, it is moved to the top of the list. The duplicate URL’s are then highlig…
This tutorial walks through the best practices in adding a local business to Google Maps including how to properly search for duplicates, marker placement, and inputing business details. Login to your Google Account, then search for "Google Mapmaker…
The viewer will learn how to create and use a small PHP class to apply a watermark to an image. This video shows the viewer the setup for the PHP watermark as well as important coding language. Continue to Part 2 to learn the core code used in creat…

763 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

8 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now