SEO for international websites

SEO for International Websites 

Technical SEO for International Websites 

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Going International? You’ll need SEO!

Taking your brand international is an exciting time! However, with new levels of success comes new levels of challenges – and we’re here to make it easier! So, if you’re going international, then having a website in each country’s official language with native SEO is vital.

On the surface, international SEO may seem overwhelming… But we’ve compiled a list of steps that will ensure your website creates a positive experience for your international visitors.

Before setting your website live…

  • Create a country-specific URL e.g. This tells the search engine the language of the page
  • Aim to have the web hosting server location in the same country as your targeting
  • Submit the website to local directories and search engines
  • Cater to languages, not countries. In some countries, there is more than one language that is recognised as an official language. E.g. In Canada, both English and French are widely spoken
  • Signal the language of the page, to the search engines, through meta tags

Optimise your content…

  • This may seem quite straightforward, but mention the country that you are targeting in your content. Talk about the country, your location, the people, etc
  • Always remember online translation services e.g. Google translate is no substitute for native translation. These services cost but ensure content is correct and reads well
  • Consider interpretations of words. Certain phrases may have negative connotations in other languages. (This is where a native translation will help)
  • Look into the Google Trends for the country you are targeting
  • Analyse the content already in the country you are targeting, highlight content gaps and create the content
  • When creating content, consider differences. Including language and local phrases, understanding/ perceptions of terms/ phrases, currency, time zone, weather, contact information, opening times, culture(s), values, lifestyle, income, demographics, consumer habits, local/ public holidays, religion, regulations, laws
  • Identify keywords in other languages. What may be a keyword in your native language, may not be the same in other languages
  • Create quality backlinks from your content to websites located in the country you’re targeting

Inform Google through other means…

  • Set up for Google Search Console for International targeting
  • Set up Google My Business for each country you’re targeting
  • Set up social media profiles on various platforms, and set your information to be specific to that country

Get in touch with us to discuss SEO for your international website at [email protected]


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