Dear John Mueller et Pierre Far
I have a question regarding Google's HREFLANG guidelines, in particular:
"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:
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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