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10/27/13
Original Poster
JerryWMiles

yet another "Incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation"

I've read the FAQs and searched the help center.

I see there are quite a few of these going around but haven't found the answer to my specific issue.

I received the same message as other people here:

We have noticed that on a number of the pages on your site the rel-alternate-hreflang implementation is incorrect
In particular, there seems to be a problem with missing or incorrect bi-directional linking (when page A links with hreflang to page B, there must be a link back from B to A as well). When our algorithms detect conflicting signals like on these pages, they may make indexing and ranking decisions that do not match what you intended.


I have the hreflang tags set for a few months now and nothing has changed recently with how they are implemented.

This is how they are set:

English page: domain.com/page.html

has the following:

<link rel="canonical" href="domain.com/page.html">
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="domain.com/page.html">
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="fr" href="domain.com/fr/page.html">



French page: domain.com/fr/page.html

has the following:

<link rel="canonical" href="domain.com/fr/page.html">
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="domain.com/page.html">
<link rel="alternate" hreflang="fr" href="domain.com/fr/page.html">


I'm using canonical since each page can have a few parameters for tracking purposes.

So I have the link back from B to A as needed, not sure what is wrong on my setup?

Thanks
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Christopher  Semturs
10/27/13
Christopher Semturs
can you share the actual domain being affected, so that we can take a deeper look?
You can put in also a link to a url shortener which then links to that domain if you do not want to show it directly.


10/27/13
Original Poster
JerryWMiles
This is one of the URLs which the message on webmaster tools referred to: http://goo.gl/oGzTaJ  (warning: NSFW)

Appreciate the help
Christopher  Semturs
10/27/13
Christopher Semturs
hmm, interesting case. We will take a deeper look.
I think that case is closed from your side.

10/27/13
Original Poster
JerryWMiles
Sorry, what do you mean by "case is closed from your side."?
Does it mean that everything is implemented correctly from my end?
Christopher  Semturs
10/27/13
Christopher Semturs
The specific examples sent to you are not helpful for investigation, we are looking into this. As long as you do not get a mail with better examples you should not worry, the general setup looks sane.
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Milos Lekovic
10/28/13
Milos Lekovic
Thank you, I appreciate it very much.
 
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