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URLs with non-English words are okay in Google's SEO but what about other search engines? 0 Recommended Answers 1 Reply 0 Upvotes
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I saw the video by @JohnMu (Mr. John Muller) "Can my URLs use non-English words? - SEO Snippets" and I understood that it is better for SEO to use the UTF-8 which describe the page and page content; however, is this practice good for other search engines? (main question)

Additionally, when users copy UTF-8 the URL is very long and distracting with the percent-encoding, will this affect my visitors UX, is there a way to solve this issue? (I'll add this in another question thread.)

Thank you!
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They are ok. Most of modern search engines can understand non english characters in the URL.

On Yandex for example, it's ok to use Cyrillic characters on the URL, in fact, it is considered more user friendly and preferred by Russian users.

On Yahoo Japan, you could definitely use Japanese characters on the URL, but it is just more common to use latin characters in instead.

That being said, I think it is important to think about how the users prefer to type in the local you are targeting. The user experience as you mentioned is important as well (will it be ok to copy and paste urls with percentage-encoding? The URL is memorable, easy to type?) and also how these URLs will work with other systems you have in place such as CMS (some are know to have problems with special characters in the URL).
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