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Google’s Countdown to 2024: Multilingual Searches – December 23rd

Dec. 23, 2023 10:31 am PST | SEO Gazette | By Luke Ross

As language barriers dissolve in the digital realm, Google’s 2023 December year-end countdown opens the 23rd door for the topic of multilingual searches and how Google determines the best language for search results.

With a staggering 7,117 languages gracing our global tapestry and over half of internet users speaking multiple languages, the demand for content that transcends linguistic boundaries has never been greater.

Google’s September 2023 helpful content update, powered by cutting-edge machine learning, wasn’t just about understanding mixed-language queries.

Google Search Central Countdown – Dec. 23, 2023 – Screenshot | SEO Gazette

It now appears to have been somewhat setting a foundation perhaps in preparation of the changes coming in 2024, about embracing inclusivity, accessibility, and the rich tapestry of human expression.

Beyond Borders & Potential of Multilingual SEO

Imagine your website as a bustling international marketplace, welcoming visitors from across the globe. Multilingual SEO holds the key to unlocking this vibrant potential, offering a wealth of benefits when knowing how Google determines what languages show in results, including:

  • Expanded reach and visibility: Connect with audiences in their native tongues, this could lead to significantly increasing website traffic and brand awareness.
  • Enhanced user experience: Foster a sense of belonging and understanding for diverse users, leading to greater engagement and loyalty in the long run.
  • Unlocked markets: Tap into previously inaccessible or unthought of consumer bases, expanding your business’s or site’s global footprint.

Well, it can include all of this, yes, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds and won’t be in most cases.

To SEOs, it could just mean taking a few extra glances at their keyword research on their other monitor, and maybe a misspelling or two to fix after being swiftly copy/pasted into ChatGPT, Gemini or Elon Musk’s xAI Grok.

Multilingual Search Success: Actionable Strategies

According to the article by Google’s Sunny Nahar, Ali Tawfiq, and Danny Sullivan, if you’re optimizing or building out content in locations where, “several languages are commonly used to make content in those different languages rather than in just one that is widely understood. People appreciate content written in their preferred languages, and Google itself would like to show it when it is available.”

Translation: Localized Content That Resonates

Embrace translation as more than word-for-word conversion. Infuse content with cultural nuances and regional preferences to create a truly authentic connection.

Utilize professional translators or translation services for those high-stake, high-quality results, ensuring accuracy and as well as cultural sensitivity depending on the situation.

Hreflang Tags: Multilingual Guideposts

Hreflang tags can act somewhat as clear signposts for search engines, directing them to the appropriate language version of your website based on user preferences.

Implement hreflang tags strategically to ensure seamless user experiences and optimal SEO performance from your increased efforts and time.

URL Structure Clarity

Maintain a consistent and logical URL structure across languages, creating a well-organized and easily navigable website.

Clear pathways enhance user experience and guide search engines more effectively, boosting visibility and discoverability for both desktop and mobile indexing.

Helpful Content & Engagement in All Languages

Prioritize high-quality, engaging content that resonates with your target audiences, regardless of language. Be sure to conduct thorough keyword research in multiple languages to uncover relevant search terms and wording, then tailor content accordingly.

One might to consider the collaboration with native speakers or content creators to ensure authenticity and cultural relevance if able.

Tips for Multilingual SEO

1. Long-Tail Keywords & Niche Audiences

Forget generic terms; think something along the lines of, “best vegan hiking boots for rainy weather in Spanish.” Long-tail keywords in multiple languages open doors to untapped markets and laser-focused user intent.

2. Befriend the Google Translate Powerhouse

Don’t shy away from using translation tools. Utilize Google Translate to create draft content, check translations for accuracy, and research keywords in unfamiliar languages.

3. Voice Search: Whispers in Many Languages

Optimize your website for multilingual voice search, capturing those on-the-go queries and establishing your content as the best, whether in a multilingual or bilingual searched location.

4. Think Beyond Text: Embrace the Language of Multimedia

Localize images, videos, and infographics to add another layer of cultural understanding and engagement.

The use of basic/universally understood graphics, symbols & images in SEO scenarios where multilingual or bilingual search is a factor may prove to be a great strategy.

5. Keep an Eye Out For Language SEO Updates in 2024

We all know 2024 isn’t going to be fun for search and rankings, especially with Search Generative Experience which hopefully isn’t wrapped and under the Christmas tree already.

But, keep in mind, it’s the same for marketing in general and really a majority of American industries will feel some kind of impact, big or small. Plus, it’s an election year which are always fun, right?

Elections in the U.S. are a veritable rollercoaster of excitement and energy. It’s like a nationwide game of strategic chess, where every move is scrutinized and analyzed (typically reported on over weekends though), and the fog of war adds an extra layer of intrigue — which then in turn messes with the community’s beloved SEO campaigns and hard-earned rankings of course.

Stay informed on all Google’s ranking and algorithm updates, emerging trends, and best practices for multilingual SEO to maintain your competitive edge.

Embrace Multilingual & Bilingual Searches

In a world where diversity reigns and voices echo in a multitude of languages, multilingual searches and Google’s response and maneuvering isn’t just a strategy; it’s a passport to a vibrant future where Google stays the key player in the market.

By embracing these actionable tips and continually refining your approach, you can transform a site into a global destination, resonating with audiences across borders and languages.

So, don’t be afraid to take that first step into multilingual or bilingual SEO, take it and flourish on the international stage — hopefully!

Article written by Luke Ross, The SEO Gazette

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