joined:May 11, 2012
Currently I have a website setup that uses a multi site setup. Within my structure is my .com domain, a .ca one, .co.uk and a .in domain. Each site is essentially an online shop which shares a lot of the same stuff (products, categories, pages, etc), although images and some text have been changed to make it individually geared towards a certain county. In the end, [mystore.au
...] is the same as [mystore.au
Right now, at the bottom of my site, I have a hyperlinks to all 4 sites and obviously the same list appears at the bottom of every site. In other words, the list says, "see our Canada store, see our Uk store, etc". I know if I just put a repeated list of links on all sites, it would look like link farming to Google. So instead, I have done this:
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-AU" href="http://www.mystore.com.au"/>
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-CA" href="http://www.mystore.ca"/>
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-GB" href="http://www.mystore.co.uk"/>
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="x-default" href="http://www.mystore.com"/>
This should tell Google that although I am linking to each store, each store serves it's own purpose.
My question is, some of my pages and posts have internal links back to my main domain. In other words, let's say I wrote a block about t-shirts and in the blog post I say, "Looking for the best t-shirts, then visit Site-X!" Well, on the .ca store, Site-X links to [mystore.ca,
...] on the UK store... the uk domain,etc. Should my url be as simple as <a href="http://www.mystore.ca">Site-X</a> or should I go as far as <a rel="alternate" hreflang="en-CA" href="http://www.mystore.ca">Site-X</a> even for internal linking? I figured most people viewing that hyperlink are already on the .ca site, so there is no need to mention the language or region in the url tag.
Sorry if I this sounds confusing. :)