Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Complying with the Google Bot.

Websites translated with Localize can be indexed and ranked in Google.

There are a few steps you can take to optimize your website for search engines and to ensure that the translated versions of your website are appropriately indexed.

Give each translated version of a page a unique URL

Search engines need a unique URL to index for each translated version of a page. If you’re translating your website into 5 languages, you should have 5 unique URLs for each page.

There are a few ways to accomplish this.

  • Subdirectories: example.com/es, example.com/fr
  • Subdomains: es.example.com, fr.example.com
  • ccTLDs: example.es, example.fr

We strongly recommend using the subdirectory or subdomain approach. The ccTLD approach can negatively impact rankings since search engines view each domain as a unique website.

Link to the translated version of your pages

In order for search engines to find the translated version of your pages, you must link to them in your HTML. Make sure the translated version of each page is easily discoverable.

Translating Meta Tags

You can now automatically translate your meta tags by activating this option in your Library Settings. The library will then detect and translate your meta content.

Google Crawler Understands Basic JS

Google's search engine crawlers are running with JavaScript enabled, which means that Google will see your Localize translations the same as your normal website visitors do.