Internationalizing a site is confusing, let alone the translation details but how do you communicate the language and country-level differentiation details to Google, so they properly pick up the variations of your web sites and rank them accordingly in their localized Google search properties.
Maile Ohye, a Google Developer Programs Tech Lead and a person who has an unbelievable way of communicating highly technical details in an extremely logical and easy way of understanding (how is that for an intro), produced a 17 minute video going through all the details.
The video is broken down into five categories, including:
- Potential search issues with international sites
- Questions to ask within your company before beginning international expansion
- International site use cases
- rel=”alternate” hreflang and hreflang=”x-default”: details and implementation
- Best practices
We've written about this topic a lot, for more, see here.
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