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SEO - Multilingual website

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#1 super-grusha


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:42 AM


I am a webmaster of a multilingual website. We used INC files in php in order to modify the language according to user's country IP. This saves a lot of time creating separate folders for every language.

My question is: does this considered to be cloaking and is it better to create sub-language folders? Or maybe should we purchase suparate domains (ex: .ru .es .de etc...)?

As you might know, Google's spider has an American IP address therefore it would see pages in English. Does this means pages in order languages would not be indexed?

Thank you.

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:46 PM

Just saw this topic, so I am sorry it is such a late response. I hope you figured it out, but found something that would be useful for you:


I know a lot of sites will redirect a user to a subsection that corresponds to the language and the main domain shows the primary language you are targetting. Something like:

www.example.com <- content in primary language
www.example.com/en/ <- content in english
www.example.com/ru/ <- content in russian
www.example.com/sp/ <- content in spanish.

This would definitely be safer than showing different content on the same url based on some criteria.

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