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Q: Can the Google Bot handle cookies?

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

Friday, June 8, 2007
13 years ago7,381 views

Hey all
I am having a problem with a site of mine.
The site is offered in multi languages. The language can be switched and the value gets stored in a cookie. Now Google only has indexed my page in English. No German or French pages are indexed.
My question is if the Google Bot saves and resends the cookie. Due to the architecture I guess not.

Would it be better to append a "lang=" to each link?

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

If you haven't seen it yet, have a look at Philipp's piece:

Tackling Localization Troubles
blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-0 ...

and the associated Forum comments.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

A small snippet from the Google Webmaster Help Center:
"If features such as JavaScript, cookies, session IDs, frames, DHTML, or Macromedia Flash keep you from seeing your entire site in a text browser, then spiders may have trouble crawling it."

google.com/support/webmasters/ ...

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