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    Multilingual Sites, Multiple Sitemaps?


    Hi guys,

    I know this topic has been covered previously but I can't find any info that addresses my particular issue. I'm currently working on a site that has a number of different location versions in subdirectories as follows:

    www.mywebsite.com/en
    www.mywebsite.com/fr
    www.mywebsite.com/de
    www.mywebsite.com/us

    etc

    Now, I want to set up href lang tags that tell Google which content to display for each region or Google version used, for example in Google France I want the the French site to be shown with the French content in the description, same for Germany etc. (as you do)

    I am going to implement the href lang tags in the sitemap as opposed to in the head section and my question is, should I be submitting a sitemap for each country to Google and putting all the different languages and alternate tags in each or is it better to just have one sitemap and with the href lang information?

    Any help with this would be amazing!
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    Put it in the head, simple.
    Google is not the only search engine out there so submitting it to google so only they know would be a bit foolish.
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    Thanks Cheddars, another question though, for the href lang tags to work correctly do they need to be added to every page with the correct URL?

    for example:

    on the index page it would be like so,

    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/en" hreflang="en" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/de" hreflang="de" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/fr" hreflang="fr" />

    and lets say on the about page it would be like so,

    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/en/about" hreflang="en" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/de/about" hreflang="de" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/fr/about" hreflang="fr" />

    and the contact would be like so,
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/en/contact" hreflang="en" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/de/contact" hreflang="de" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/fr/contact" hreflang="fr" />

    and so on....

    Because this is where the problem lies in the site I'm working on at the moment. There is no way to hardcode specific tags on specific pages because of the template structure, hence the decision to use the sitemap implementation method.
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    If your using wordpress I am sure there will be a plugin for this. But in answer to your question yes it needs to be done on every page.

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