March 19, 2024

Why so many hreflang errors?

I am always amazed at the number of websites with major hreflang errors. Both Patrick Stox from Ahreaf’s and Dan Taylor’s recent research confirmed that most hreflang implementations are a complete disaster, with the majority of websites, 67%, having one or more errors. I have been curious about this and […]
May 17, 2018

Site with Most HREFLang XML Site Map Errors

Most global companies build their XML site maps dynamically from their various CMS systems. This results in the potential for numerous errors from broken pages, redirected pages, and canonical pages being added to the files. In some cases, the local market versions are not even updated after the first build. […]
May 17, 2018

Incorrect Global Canonical Tag Implementation

While attending Search Marketing Summit Sydney I was asked of the attendees to take a look at their HREFLang implementation.   They had spent hours looking at it but Google still gave errors saying they did not have alternatives set.   As we have identified before, one of the reasons the search engine […]
May 2, 2018

Incorrect hreflang Implementation Error Notice

MAY 20, 2016 BY BILL HUNT This past week Google has sent out a large number of notices for sites that have Incorrect HREFlang Implementations. The notice looks like this one below references two of the most common errors. Both of these errors are described below. Error 1 – Problem […]
May 1, 2018

HREFlang Error Pointing to Same URL for Each Reference

JULY 31, 2016 BY BILL HUNT We are starting to see more and more of these errors where the site uses the same alternate URL for each of its entries. The image below will help make the problem clearer. We believe it is one of the free tools that is […]
May 1, 2018

Are HREFLang XML Site Maps Effective?

JANUARY 17, 2017 BY BILL HUNT Over the past few days on Twitter there have been some comments on the lack of effectivness of HREFLanguage XML site maps. In my experience, having used them on over 500 different projects, they are extreamly effective when they are used correctly. I have […]
May 1, 2018

Reducing Language Errors in Google Webmaster Tools

[Originally Posted September 9, 2015 and updated May 1 2018] If you received a notification from Google that you have language errors on your site you can correct them by identifying the source of the problem. In this screen capture below, it indicates Google found 30,100 referneces to pages mapped […]