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We have been develping a new multi-lingual web portal and we are trying lots of seo practices in it. And so we are also using pretty urls to make site more specific for search engines.

My question here is , if i have a url targeting to english users which one is better :

Also, will this affect google location based targeting for region specific users. What i mean to say is will :

be country specific results or users can see similar results in search engines.



still waiting to know which one is better from seo perspective :

en-US or en/us



  1. For Google to understand the multilingual version of your website you have to implement hreflang. Google will display the right version of your website according to the language set.

    <link rel="alternate" href="" hreflang="en-ie" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="" hreflang="en-ca" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="" hreflang="en-au" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="" hreflang="en" />

    For language/country selectors or auto-redirecting homepages, you
    should add an annotation for the hreflang value “x-default” as well:

    <link rel="alternate" href="" hreflang="x-default"
    > />

    For more information:

    To verify the hreflang implementation you can check Google Search Console – > International Targeting.

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  2. still waiting to know which one is better from seo perspective :

    en-US or en/us

    None is better than the other from a SEO perspective. They both help to differentiate.

    BUT, you should use hreflang anyway to make sure Google understands what you are trying to achieve. If you don’t, you’re taking a risk Google won’t get it like you want it.

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