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How to get ranked in google.fr for mixed language pages?

 8:20 am on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

i have an english site of different personalities of the world.....

now i am putting in few french people biographies etc in there

i dont think i would get ranked in google.fr if the content is french but marked by

meta http-equiv="content-language" content="en"

so should i mark these few pages as

meta http-equiv="content-language" content="fr"

so that they get ranked in google.fr

my 99% of the site is in english,... only few of these pages would be in french,..... would this approach be ok?



 10:56 am on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

Yes, the language mark-up is page specific, not site-wide.


 11:43 am on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

I would suggest starting a .fr domain for French content.


 1:01 pm on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

it might also help to put the french content on subdomain such as fr.example.com that is geotargeted in WMT.
and inbound links from french sites couldn't hurt.


 9:14 pm on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

if the language markup is page specific, and with the geographic targeting potential that is attached with it, why isn't it more often used...... i mean, why in a non subdomain site, different pages are not targeted according to different languages more often?... dont u think it is a cleverer idea compared to creating an independent subdomain for every region/country/ language?

what could be merits and demerits of this approach?


 10:53 pm on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

content is targeted to language.
spanish and french are the official or primary language in dozens of countries each.
with GWT you can only geotarget one country per (sub)domain/subdirectory of a gtld.
cctlds are implicitly geotargeted.

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