We have www.example.com in English that has 50,000+ URLs. We are in the process of building a new site example.de targeting German users.
The German site (www.example.de) will be a mirror of the English site at launch as we want to give a full experience to people visiting the .de domain. However, not all pages will be localized as we can't support that. We are planning on localizing the core sets of pages (~500) and leaving the rest in English. Post launch, we will have additional milestones to localize the remaining pages until the entire site is localized (converted to German).
Is this the correct way to go? Will this cause duplicate content issue?
Will adding "rel=canonical" tag on these pages solve the purpose?
I read Google guidelines and that seems to be the best way to go.
Is anybody using "rel=canonical" in similar situation?
Look forward to comments and feedback!
[edited by: tedster at 9:04 pm (utc) on Feb 9, 2011]
[edit reason] I changed the real domain name to example.com [/edit]