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Foreign language pages - Index or not ?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Arcade81, May 2, 2013.

  1. Arcade81

    Arcade81 Newbie

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    Hello,

    I am pondering a question regarding foreign language search queries on the rise for one of my sites.

    The website has information published in many different languages to appeal to wide range of UK users. The site is receiving little UK traffic in these languages (Persian, Arabic, Thai & Russian) But is receiving some traffic from users in the native countries of these languages.

    Great! I think, that means the website has a wide ranging appeal and should be getting kudos for that. I used Google translate to check search queries and they are all related keywords.

    However the average bounce rate on these native queries is 100%, which cant be doing the site any favours

    So, from a purely SEO point of view, should I noindex these foreign language pages or not?

    Any advice appreciated

    Cheers
    A
     
  2. albaniax

    albaniax Elite Member

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    I always let them indexable, because you have a higher amount of indexed pages and this is a good plus for your overall SEO.

    Allthought I wouldn't ever auto-translate the Content with the Google translator.

    If you want, you can let only a few languages indexable like German, Spanish, Netherland, France, Italian, etc. which may have also some more targeted traffic.
     
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  3. Arcade81

    Arcade81 Newbie

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    Hi albaniax,

    Thanks for your reply. That seems like a very sensible suggestion which should be easy to implement. Cheers

    Just to clarify - I did not use Google translate on the site, all the information has been translated "authentically" by a translation service (at reasonable expense). I used Google translate to check on the search queries driving traffic :)