If you open the project view for your HREFLang Builder account and it is full of red rows it is due to the tool not being able to detect the country or language for that source file.

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 if the site is in Spanish or English.  So you would need to tell is which it is.

To set the country or language simply click the Edit File button to bring up the entry for this source file.   Click the Country Language selector and scroll to find the appropriate combination of country and language or you can choose a Global Language.   For example, if the source file is for your French language site  you should select “Global French” this is will create the HREFLang entry <link rel=”alternate” hreflang=”fr” href=”https://www.example.com/fr/” />

If the site is a language version for a specific country you select that combination.   For example, if the source file represents your Spanish URL’s for Argentina, 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=”https://www.example.com/ar/” />

January 2, 2021

What are the red rows in my project?

If you open the project view for your HREFLang Builder account and it is full of red rows it is due to the tool not being able to detect the country or language for that source file. For example, if your site uses the format of www.mysite.com/ar/page.html and you use […]
March 29, 2019

Can I use a global language like French?

Yes, if you have only language versions and you have one you want to use for all French speaking markets you can easily set that in HREFLang Builder. This is very common to have a single site in Spanish, French or Arabic language that covers all markets. Follow these instructions to […]
December 19, 2018

How do I Add or Replace URL’s for a country?

We have a couple of methods to add new URL’s into the system and which to use will depend on what you are trying to do. If you want to replace all URL’s for a single market and they are not in your current XML/CSV source files use the Append […]
August 10, 2018

Duplicate URL’s used in HREFLang Elements

We have detected that you have used the same URL multiple times in your HREFLang elements.   Typically, each HREFLang element would be unique to a language version of the site.  There are cases where it is acceptable to repeat the URL multiple times. Use Case 1 – Global and Local […]