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[Plugin: Transposh WordPress Translation] Google Translation with negative effect on SEO?

  • Hi,

    what do you think? If you use the Google Translation within Transposh will this have negative effects on SEO for Google Result Pages? I mean: Google can easily find out that certain pages of a website have not been human written but only been translated by Google Translate – and then Google could rank those pages (or the whole website) low on Google Result Pages.

    I might sound paranoid but I would like your expertise or at least your opinion on this issue.

    Due to the above stated thoughts I decided to use the Microsoft translation within Transposh. Unfortunately my experience with the Microsoft translation is, that it doesnt at all translate as good as the Google Translation…

    Rgds, Jan

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/transposh-translation-filter-for-wordpress/

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  • I would have to say it doesn’t. I have been using Transposh to provide translation on my site for around 6 months now and apart from when I made a change I shouldn’t have, my SEO was excellent. We doubled our numbers in under three months.

    Plugin Author Ofer Wald

    @oferwald

    I think that your choice should be about giving the best possible experience to your users.

    If a certain language has better results with google, use it, for others, use bing, naturally its best if a human actually looks at it and fix it. But I know this is not always possible or feasible.

    Even if the SEO is great, when people reach a page they can’t really comprehend, this isn’t what you are looking for (or do you? 😉 )

    I have just started using WordPress for a few of my sites and it is awesome with all the plugins available. I am using Yoast for my seo and installed Transposh for translation. Having installed it I have seen various articles online saying sites can be penalised by Google where such translators are used – but nobody seems to be quite sure. Consequently I have discovered if I view code of a translated page all the meta information in the Yoast head is NOT translated therefore duplicating across all the page translations (in my case seven plus English as the default), which indeed could be considered spam – bottom line here is does using a translator such as Transposh adversely effect my google results?

    I have read somewhere in the google guide-lines that google prefers you not to use the automatically translated pages as it looks to google like spam.

    Best to check that out yourself.

    I myself have the problem that none of my translated pages appear in the (german) serps even though they are indexed. I was told from a SEO expert that I need to start link-building to the German pages but I think that should not be necessary to appear at all.

    Are your pages searchable? Do you have a clue why mine aren’t?

    Hi nodvnovnonO,
    Same problem here, pages are ALL indexed in ALL languages but google only shows pages with original language.
    We have several websites with different installations and same results 🙁
    We modify the automatic translations manually but google ignores our translated pages

    Any idea?

    Plugin Author Ofer Wald

    @oferwald

    I see that google have recently started misbehaving on some cases 🙂

    Next version will include some measures if you find yourself in such a situation, they are now being tested, so we’ll see if they have any effect first, if one is willing to try, contact me directly and I’ll add you to the test.

    Hello Ofer Wald,

    I would be willing to take part in your test. How do I sign up? My website is http://www.hiddenvietnam.com

    I do have more sites but this one is good with English serps.

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