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Advice re canonical and hreflang usage - international site

     
9:18 am on Jul 24, 2018 (gmt 0)

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If a site has multiple versions of English in different sub folders, should every version of English have a self-referencing canonical tag?

For example in the following directory structure:

/eu/ (default)
/eu/en-za/ (South Africa)
/eu/en-zu/ (Australia)

Currently, for the above pages, the site in question has canonical tags all pointing to the default English /eu/ versions, for every English variant.

Conversely, the hreflang implementation on the same pages, points to these separate English versions.

Observations:

1. If en-za or en-au pages are ranking in the SERPs, the title and meta shown in the SERPs is from the /eu/ canonical (and not the localized version).

2. The cached version of ranking en-za or en-au pages is also the /eu/ canonical.

Will implementing self-referencing canonical tags for en-za or en-au fix the above issues? Thanks!
11:30 am on July 26, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Hi dami99 and welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com]

5 common mistakes with rel=canonical [webmasters.googleblog.com]
2:03 pm on July 26, 2018 (gmt 0)

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The hreflang issue comes up frequently and though I don't use it, I did a search here for a recent discussion or two that might help with your question: [webmasterworld.com...]
and an older but very similar one: [webmasterworld.com...]

If you need the Google answer, they offer help here: [support.google.com...]
2:08 pm on July 26, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Thanks both for your replies. Have subsequently found some statements from John Mueller and other sources that back up using self referencing canonicals with each hreflang instance.