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    Site Redirection


    What's the standard to "re-direct" from www.domain.com to www.domain.com/language without affecting rankings for www.domain.com (i.e. www.domain.com remains in the serps)

    i.e. http://www.ibm.com automatically redirects to http://www.ibm.com/us/en/

    Hilton.com for example re-directs to http://www3.hilton.com/en/index.html

    Would using a canonical / 302 work? or what would be the best practice?

    IBM uses a 302, which is what I was assuming but I noticed some sites such as Hilton using a 301. Any ideas on best practice for multiple languages?

    Thanks!
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    301 would be best recommended practice as it passes around 90 to 95% link juice whereas 302 doesn't pass link juice
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    Originally Posted by logreen
    301 would be best recommended practice as it passes around 90 to 95% link juice whereas 302 doesn't pass link juice
    In my scenario it is specifically for multiple languages.
    I.e. let's say the default is english so www.domain.com/us/index-en.html

    Let's say a user's web browser has spanish as the default language so the redirect would go to www.domain.com/us/index-es.html or if the user is in germany www.domain.com/gn/index-dd.html etc.

    The redirects shouldn't be "permanent" as the main site www.domain.com is the default. Using a canonical with hrefslang="x" rel="x" maybe?

    Thoughts?

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