html - Website directory for multi lingual site

Hi I'm building a website in dutch, and on the index.html page there is an english flag for visitors to click on to get an english version on the site.

I'm wondering, specifically keeping SEO in mind, whats good practice considering web directories.

The dutch is www.website.com/index.html

would the english be something along the line of www.website.com/index-en.html?

any light shed would be appreciated.

2 Answers

  1. Mars- Reply

    2019-11-16

    Basically, Google will just take the default language to crawl which in this case is Dutch. If your website have separate English pages, not those using translator widget those sort, Google will also index it as separate pages. But in search engine, it will look like Dutch and English version of index.html next of another.

    Have a look at this > http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-html-language-declarations

    Hyphen would be good but remember not to overuse. Refrain from using other symbols. Google regards overusing of symbols as spammy.

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