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Will (potentialy poorly) Google translated text cause penalties?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jing0, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. jing0

    jing0 Junior Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm in the process of setting up an Amazon niche website at the moment. I have the ability to relatively easily translate (using Google translate) my content (high quality English) into another language so I can target other countries, such as Germany, Spain, etc. I'd put it in a url like mysite. com/DE/keyword-in-german.

    However, I'm concerned that the google translated text might not read correctly in said language and so I'll get bad content penalties. Will this occur do you think? If it does, will those bad language penalties apply to all Google search engines languages (like .com), or just the specific language (.de)

    Thanks!
     
  2. FBad Maniac

    FBad Maniac Registered Member

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    Hire someone to proof-read or better to translate in first place - I guess its cheaper than writing articles from scratch.
     
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  3. jing0

    jing0 Junior Member

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    Thanks for the response, but I am aware hiring a native language would be best. I'm more curious as to the technicalities surrounding the potential Google penalties.

    Cheers!
     
  4. FBad Maniac

    FBad Maniac Registered Member

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    Then this might help you:
    brightlines.co.uk/en-gb/brightlines/blog/2014/6/19/are-your-international-websites-invisible/

    Sorry can't post links yet :)
     
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  5. jing0

    jing0 Junior Member

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    Just what I needed man - much appreciated! For the lazy:

    "The use of automatically translated web content is against Google webmaster guidelines. Google, the number one ranking search engine, does not deem raw translated texts from Google Translate or any other automatic machine translation tool as high quality content. Google doesn't like it, and will penalise your site. When this happens your website could be unranked for months, and your customers will have difficulty finding you. When a website is translated accurately by a human translator, for example when a website has a German language and English language version, Google makes comparisons between the two and stores the correlation in order to improve the accuracy of Google Translate, little by little. Google senses auto-generated content because it creates a dangerous feedback loop for them, endlessly recycling its own translations making the translation service less and less accurate over time. That's exactly why Google doesn't even give you a chance. As soon as you publish automatic machine translation content as your own translation, Google will stop indexing the site."
     
  6. misteryou.

    misteryou. Power Member

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    do not use google translate, try bing translator instead, depending on the writter you can get quite good results, 2 times more better than GG

    i wanted to try and I tried to post 5 well translated articles on wordpress they all got indexed as normal
     
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  7. mickyfu

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    At the beginning of last year I started a project, the project was to use English article directories and translate the content into several languages, on one website. Using the translated articles to fill the main website, and other articles to make web2 sites to point to the main site. I could not have cared less about the article quality on any of the sites / web2s, the main site lasted several months and hit between £4k and £8k a month, and due to being rev share, still continues to make money even though it got burnt. I would guess I put no more than 20 hours into the whole process, so was it worth it, penalty or no penalty, well I would say so.
     
  8. misteryou.

    misteryou. Power Member

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    You were making only web2 or some others others types links as well ?
     
  9. Adam718

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    If you wanted to give this method a try, I'd use something other than google translate. I'm sure there are other prestigious translation programs out there (ones that cost money, but you can torrent) that can give you a decent translation that can slip through the cracks.