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Richard Hearne
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Looking at multiple websites in various niches, 4webmasters.org seems to have mounted a fairly massive referral spam attack yesterday. From what I can tell these are phantom referrals in Google Analytics, and not actual visits. That means you cant block them at the server level, and need to rely on GA filters to take them out.

Would be great if GA would start to do some of this for us...
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The best I've seen is a filter in GA to exclude the data
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The Reclining Buddha at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayutthaya.

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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayuttahaya.

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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayuttahaya.

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 Wat Phra Sanphet, Ayutthaya.

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Dear +John Mueller et +Pierre Far 

I have a question regarding Google's HREFLANG guidelines, in particular:

https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq-internationalisation#q20

"We recommend not using rel=canonical across different language or country versions. Using it within the same language/country version is fine and one of the recommended ways of handling canonicalization."

The problem here is that I have made receommendations to clients about caonicalising different country versions in the same language that contain identical/near-identical content, and then letting Google display the correct LANG version using the values defined in HREFLANG values.

The set up looks like:

www.example.com/en/  - HREFLANG="en"
 - canonical="www.example.com/en/"
www.example.com/en-uk/ 
 - HREFLANG="en-uk"
 - canonical="www.example.com/en/"
www.example.com/en-ie/ 
 - HREFLANG="en-ie"
 - canonical="www.example.com/en/"

The above goes against the guidelines, but I've seen this set-up working very well.  I understand the recommendation is just that, but is there any technical reason why my implementation should be avoided?

The test site I always reference is http://href-lang.com/, and the associated notes for the test site can be found at http://www.stateofdigital.com/hreflang-canonical-test/

Any help is, as always, much appreciated!
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I hadn't realised Google recommend not to use  canonicals with hreflang.  Most likely because there's too many sites with errors being seen by Google. Who knows?

If you think about an ecommerce store with filter/sort parameters, by not using canonicals on each locale could turn out to be an indexing nightmare.

I always tell clients that each locale folder/sub should be treated as a separate site,  so ALL canonicals reflect the locale URL.

I also tell them that there has to be a very good reason why they are setting up locale versions. Currency, contact details, deliver info etc and to try and display the locale phone numbers globally on the corresponding header and same for the address on the footer. 

But I'm yet to find a site that has had issues if the majority of the site (60+) has locale differences.
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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayuttahaya.  Taken on Songkran.

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Hasn't this been done before?
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One of the reasons I've invested exclusively in .com domains over the past 12 months:
Consumers prefer to click on search results with a .com domain rather than a new domain, according to Verisign-funded research.
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+Richard Hearne ah I've moved some sites to .CO from .net.au or .com.au which seems to be working
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Internet Marketing & Development
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SEO, Conversion Rate Optimisation, Website/Web-app Development, Performance Optimisation, Domains
Employment
  • Red Cardinal Ltd.
    Founder, 2003 - present
  • Thailand Travel Network
    Founder, 2012 - present
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Phuket & Dublin
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Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Alkmaar, Holland - Phuket, Thailand
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Often found in Phuket Thailand where the sea is blue, the sky is clear, and the sun is strong
Introduction
I've worked online professionally since 2003, and I'm especially interested in:

* Technical SEO
* Conversion and online behaviour
* Front-end development in a multi-device world
* Performance optimisation
* Multi-lingual website development & International SEO
* Project management of complex website and web application development
* Domains
* Enjoying my son's early days to the fullest :)
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  • Trinity College Dublin
    M.A. Economics & Social Studies
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