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Should you list only legitimate alternate hreflang URLs?
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Let's say your ecommerce site uses Google Shopping/Merchant and is available in 10 countries and in 10 languages, each country with it's own language and currency.  But your URL structure is country/language.  Every country/language combination is accessible by visitors and Google bot so Google Shopping can see your localized prices in all languages and shoppers in any supported country can shop in any language.  Would this site have 10 alternate hreflang listings, one for each country and the main language spoken there or 100, every language and country combination available?  Note that in this situation that all county versions of any single language we be exactly the same content except for the country specific currency/pricing/checkout.
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Thank Nikola but I already know the basics of alternate hreflang.  Just please answer my question if you could.  In this scenario should I have 100 or 10 alternate hreflang entries?
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Would this site have 10 alternate hreflang listings, one for each country and the main language spoken there or 100, every language and country combination available? 
Follow Google's recommendations for hreflang:  
Some example scenarios where indicating alternate pages is recommended:
    • If you keep the main content in a single language and translate only the template, such as the navigation and footer. Pages that feature user-generated content, like forums, typically do this.
    • If your content has small regional variations with similar content, in a single language. For example, you might have English-language content targeted to the US, GB, and Ireland.
    • If your site content is fully translated into multiple languages. For example, you have both German and English versions of each page.
    • Alternate URLs do not need to be in the same domain.
    • If you have several alternate URLs targeted at users with the same language but in different locales, it's a good idea also to provide a catchall URL for geographically unspecified users of that language. For example, you may have specific URLs for English speakers in Ireland (en-ie), Canada (en-ca), and Australia (en-au), but should also provide a generic English (en) page for searchers in, say, the US, UK, and all other English-speaking locations. It can be one of the specific pages, if you choose. 
    • If it becomes difficult to maintain a complete set of bidirectional links for every language, you can omit some languages on some pages; Google will still process the ones that point to each other. However, it is important to link newly expanded language pages bidirectionally to the originating/dominant language(s). For example, if your site was originally created in French with URLs on .fr, it's more important to bidirectionally link newer Mexican (.mx) and Spanish (.es) pages to your strong .fr presence, rather than to bidirectionally link your new Spanish language variant pages (.mx and .es) to each other.
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exactly so, Nick!
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