HREFLang FAQ’s

Using HREF Builder

There are a few key reasons for pages to be missing from and HREFLang XML Site map that HREF Builder generated

1.  The URL did not have a country match – we exclude any page that does not have a match in another country – note, we are adding a feature in a future release that will allow you to keep single URL’s.
2.  The URL did not render a 200 header status code, it was either a redirect or a page not found status.
3.  You have localized folders or page names.  We use a folder/page matching process to map the pages to each other and we are currently not able to match local language versions across markets.

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Unfortunately, No it is not possible.  Without common page names across the countries we are not able to pair them to each other.

Note:  According to Google,  they would not consider them to be alternative URL’s either so it would not generate HREFLang types of errors.  You may still have duplicate content issues as the content on the page is exact or near match.

If you have common page names in English but local language directories we can map those pages by using the regex or language removal function to take them out.

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If you don't have separate country and language versions of your site but simply have a global Spanish, French or Arabic language version that covers all markets you can easily set that in the tool.

To set the file as a Global Language simply click the "Country Language Selector" and scroll until you find the Global Version of that language.   In this case, the site is only in French and the user wants it to be seen in all markets where French is appropriate.

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If you open the view for your HREF XML account and it is full of red rows it is due to the tool not being able to detect the country or language.   For example, if your site uses the format of www.mysite.com/ar/page.html and you use the syntax of language then the tool would assume this is an Arabic site but does not know for which country.

If you had set this as a country in which case/ar was for Argentina, we do not know of the site is in Spanish or English.  So you would need to tell is which it is.

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To set the country or language simply click Edit File to bring up the entry for this source file.   Click the Country Language selector and scroll to find "Global Arabic"  this is will create the HREFLang entry <link rel=”alternate” hreflang=”ar” href=”http://www.example.com/ar/” />

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In the second case, if this is actually for Argentina, you do the same thing, click "Edit File" and bring up the entry for the source file.

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Click the Country Language selector and scroll or type "Argentina" to find "Argentina"  if the site is for Argentina but in English choose Argentina English this is will create the HREFLang entry <link rel=”alternate” hreflang=”en-AR” href=”http://www.example.com/ar/” />

If the site is for Argentina and in Spanish, select Argentina Spanish this is will create the HREFLang entry <link rel=”alternate” hreflang=”es-AR” href=”http://www.example.com/ar/” />

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