joined:Aug 10, 2010
It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything regarding multilingual SEO strategy and I was wondering if anyone who employs multilingual SEO tactics has needed or noticed a change in strategy.
Here are the things I have read previously in relation to multilingual content on our websites, please let me know if you think any different (I’m aware some of the points below aren’t used by Google but as good practise for web accessibility) :
- Consider URL structure if you are targeting languages as part of an international strategy
- Using HREFLAN
- Localizing keywords rather than straight translation of text
- <html lang=”en”>
- <html dir="rtl"> for right to left languages
- Using the CSS ‘lang’ pseudo class to set different font sizes and font families depending on the value of the ‘lang’ attribute as some languages could be hard to read in font size 10 or 12.
- UTF-8 encoding of URLs with none English characters
- Avoid automated translations of text that could be nonsense and lead to your page being counted as spam
- local addresses & phone numbers on the pages, use of local language and currency, links from other local sites