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Does Google Index Language Negotiated Pages?

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Msg#: 30278 posted 2:27 am on Jul 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Seems like the right forum for this question.
If not, please move to proper forum.

I am experimenting with mod_negotiation on an Apache web server using the following code in the .htaccess file:

AddLanguage en .en
AddLanguage da .da

DirectoryIndex index index.php
Options FollowSymlinks MultiViews

How does Google index language negotiated pages?
Does anyone have any experience in this field?



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Msg#: 30278 posted 1:20 am on Jul 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Googlebot doesn't send an
Accept-Language HTTP header, so as long as you have set a default then Googlebot will be served that.

You might want to check out how Google has spidered other sites which are using content negotiation (view the cache) - the site of the Debian Linux distribution (debian.org) is a good example.


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Msg#: 30278 posted 4:16 pm on Jul 8, 2005 (gmt 0)


Many thanks for your answer.

Yes, I figured out that I could leave out the language of the default index page, which in most cases will be English anyway.

I find Language Negotiation very interesting, especially when used on a landing page and pages not intended SE indexing, like for example contact pages, "tell a friend"-pages etc.

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