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Best way to link between localised content

   
1:55 am on Sep 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

We have just localised a site into a few languages. About 10 pages on the site get the majority of the traffic from search engines. What I'm wondering about is if it's beneficial linking from the English page (that ranks very well) to the equivalent page in each of the other languages. I have read some people say that you need to be careful interlinking like this.

All pages include a set of localised links in the header area of them. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether it would be a good or bad to update these links so they go to the localised version of the page rather than to the localised homepage?

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

* Example page

www.widgets.com/edit.htm

* Current localised header links go to

www.widgets.com/FR
www.widgets.com/IT
www.widgets.com/ES
www.widgets.com/NL
www.widgets.com/DE

* Proposed update to header links

www.widgets.com/FR/edit.htm
www.widgets.com/IT/edit.htm
www.widgets.com/ES/edit.htm
www.widgets.com/NL/edit.htm
www.widgets.com/DE/edit.htm

2:01 pm on Oct 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator 10+ Year Member



Hi rfjc!

Good question!

I would have no issues linking to equivalent pages in other languages. The search engines wouldn't consider that dupe content. I'd go for for the deeplinks for sure.

9:02 pm on Oct 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member



Thanks Rumbas, I'll give it a try and see how it goes. If it seems to work well I'll add a follow up post here.
12:44 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator 10+ Year Member



That's great. We would love to hear about your findings :)
 

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