You might see the hreflang attribute on websites with separate domains or subdomains for different countries. For instance, a website written in English might have the URL https://example.co.uk, whereas its French counterpart will sit on https://example.co.fr.
Imagine that you have a primary website in English and want to expand your brand to Germany. Naturally, you’ll go through the hard work of translating the pages. With hreflang, Google will know how to point users to the most appropriate page depending on their language or region.
You can inform a search engine of multiple locale versions of pages using three ways:
- HTTP Headers
Google doesn’t detect the page’s language using hreflang. Instead, it understands that one page is a localized version of another.
If you manage a huge website written in ten different languages, can you imagine how tedious it is to check on the deployment of hreflang? Here at Linko, we often say, “If there’s a way to automate it, do it!” The same rule applies here.
Using our tool, you can crawl through all the hreflangs in a site to assess if the translated versions reference your original URL correctly. This will save you precious time and give you an immediate report on how optimized your site is for an international audience.
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