How do I have both language versions of my site spidered?
Dave, I want to design a website in two languages. But if search engines only let you submit one 'index.htm' on the same domain, how can I make sure both language versions of the site receive equal attention?
An interesting question, particularly since my first book was on software internationalization (Global Software, now out of print). But the solution is easier than you think.
What I think you're not realizing here is that Google and other search engines index and sort through pages, not sites. When you think about your "Web site", you quite naturally get anxious about having two different sites, but take a deep breath. All is well with two areas on your site.
However, a few thoughts: first, make sure that your character encoding matches each language and use other meta tags to ensure that spiders and search engines can correctly categorize your site as Spanish, French, Chinese, etc. That'll help you match when users constrain their search to a particular language or culture.
Second thought: don't use too many levels of subdirectories to organize your site because many search engine marketing experts believe that the further into your site your pages lie, the harder it is for you to achieve top search result ranking. That is, "www.yourdomain.com/fr_index.html" is much better than "www.yourdomain.com/french/index.html".
Finally, I don't know your language skills, but I always recommend that people hire native language speakers to go through their pages and ensure that colloquialisms and regional dialects are used appropriately. There's nothing more frustrating than having native speakers snicker at your Web page and then leave it without ever telling you how awkwardly it's all worded.
Good luck to you! Let me know how things go...
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