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---- What is the correct use of rel=hreflang and rel=canonical?
Mishaelo - 6:07 am on Feb 25, 2013 (gmt 0)Thread source:: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4548343.htm
I don't think the above is correct, taken from the google support page:
|In the OP case, he has only template translated, but the content is in English on URLs he/she uses for other languages. In his case, rel alternate is wasted (as the content is the same) and the canonical is the right choice. |
|Some example scenarios where rel="alternate" hreflang="x" is recommended: |
You translate only the template of your page, such as the navigation and footer, and keep the main content in a single language. This is common on pages that feature user-generated content, like a forum post.
So I believe rel alternate is needed here, still not sure about the canonical though
That is not something I want to do, as I want Google to display the other languages to people coming from non US location (it's the reason those pages were created)
|Alternatively, OP could just stop the other language URLs that show English content being crawled via robots.txt and in this way stop the duplicate content. |
I need canonical on each language as I have affiliate links with parameters coming and would like to point to the "base" form of the page.
|I would think you would want to point the canonical to "the first choice" of the languages to identify it as "the origination of the information" or "best default choice" and leave the others as alternates only. |
Do you believe having a canonical from each page to itself (fr will have a canonical to fr, es canonical to es etc) will cause duplication issues? I was under the impression that the hreflang will signal Google this is not duplication but just a page in a different language (as each page has alternates to all other languages)
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