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User Generated Content for Multi-Lingual Site



9:35 am on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi guys,

I have a conundrum for you all.

I operate a video site with a few thousand pages indexed in the search engines. All of the pages are written in English.

I will be rolling out French and Spanish versions of the pages in the coming weeks. I have already decided on my URL structure for serving these pages but my big question is with duplicating the comments.

Each video has approximately 5 comments. 99% of which are written in English. The comments probably make up for approximately 40% of each pages content.

Will presenting these comments on each of the pages cause duplicate content filtering issues?

I have a few options to counteract any possible duplicated content issues.

1 - I can store all the comments in an iFrame and block all comments from appearing in search engines

2 - I can display all comments by default but then use JS to load up the comments on the French and Spanish language pages therefore blocking the duplicated content on French and Spanish pages.

3 - I can do nothing. I can leave things as they are.

What would you do and recommend?

And do you think that the reverse content cloaking approach in 2 could be seen as a grey area for search engines?


3:11 am on Jul 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lammert is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Hi blueflame, first of all Welcome to WebmasterWorld!

You could also ask the question the other way around, i.e. "Are my French and Spanish visitors interested in English language comments?". The answer to that question may well be "no", in which case you could just not show the English comments on the other language pages. That solves not only the duplicate content problem in the search engines, but can also create a better user experience.


3:20 am on Jul 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tangor is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

I'm with lammert on this, let the other language folks make their comments... adds value, avoids duplicate content at the same time.


4:10 pm on Jul 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi lammert, tangor,
That is one of the other options I considered. However, it's not easy to detect the language of a comment. When you sign up to the site you have to declare your location (for advertising and whatnot) but there is guarantee that a person living in Italy will comment in Italian :(


1:27 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If they're writing the comment on a Spanish language page, you can be pretty sure the comment is in Spanish.

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