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

     
8:20 am on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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)

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Yes, the language mark-up is page specific, not site-wide.
11:43 am on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I would suggest starting a .fr domain for French content.
1:01 pm on Mar 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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.
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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)

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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.