Google's "NoTranslate" Tag To Prevent Translation in Search

Sep 1, 2009 • 8:36 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

For a few years now, some webmasters have been trying to figure out ways to prevent Google from allowing users to translate their pages with the Google Translate tool. From time to time, webmaster ask if there is a way to prevent Google from displaying the "translate this page" link in the Google search results from showing up. We have such a question at Google Webmaster Help forums just the other day.

Here is a picture of the "Translate this page" option in action:

Translate This Page in Google

Did you know there is a tag to prevent Google from showing the "Translate this page" option in the search results?

Google says if "you prefer not have your page translated by Google Translate, just insert the following meta tag into your HTML file:"

<meta name="google" value="notranslate">

However, if you don't want a section of your webpage to be translated, just add "class=notranslate" to any HTML element to prevent that element from being translated.

The question asked in the Google Webmaster Help is that he wants to allow Google to offer this but only for certain languages. For example, he doesn't want to allow users to translate his Spanish words into anything else, because those are product names. It would be neat to have the option of specifying what to translate into which languages, at the webmaster level - but I am not sure how many webmasters would use that feature.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Jessica Griffin

09/02/2009 03:17 am

I don't understand why users would not want to have a translate option in the first is very helpful. However, the option for translating only certain languages is quite a good idea.


01/30/2010 08:48 am

What if i do not want any of my wordpress blog post to have this [Translate this page] link?


04/20/2011 05:39 pm

not use "value", must be "content".


10/02/2011 09:41 am

there is any way to filter countries in Google search by their language, if  they search for particular keyword. cpbiswas


03/21/2012 11:39 am

Because everybody's mother language in this university is Turkish and thus no one needs a Turkish page to be translated into English.


03/28/2012 03:10 am

No, it must be value!

Henk Dijkstra

09/08/2012 05:15 pm

I can give you a good reason: scrapers. Blocked IPs can still access your site through google translate. Terrible.


05/12/2013 09:19 am

In that case why have it on the web at all? If it's only for your University users should it not be on a local network only? I have to say that that is the most stupid argument ever posted.


05/12/2013 12:18 pm

Because all settings of the computers is set to English and thus Google Chrome thinks that user's mother language is English. (Wen you login to computer you have a complitly new session)

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