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  1. Well, at first, I couldn’t figure out how to reach a translated page. I tried clicking the flag images at the top and bottom of your blog post, but, that didn’t do it.

    So, it would probably be good to make the translation links more prominent. Until reading this blog post, I never even knew they were there.

    Eventually, I noticed the flags at the very bottom of the page and clicked one. I can understand a little bit of French (though I’m not fluent), so I clicked the French flag.

    Unfortunately, it brought me to a 403 Forbidden error page on Google, which said:

    We’re sorry…

    … but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now. Etc.

    It happened again each time I clicked a different flag.

    So, unless that can be fixed, it looks like it might be useless to keep the translation links.

    Best wishes,

  2. Thanks Apollia
    Yes, the software has stopped working since I last checked it. I could have saved some time writing the post if I had checked it more recently.
    My question is answered like you said. It’s useless so I’ll remove it.
    Thanks very much for taking the time to check and recheck and comment.

  3. Does Google like translated content – I think yes. However, they do not like scripts that uses their translation service. There are some services that do not mind it, but I am not sure of a script that is easy to use and good for SEO purposes. The best bet may be to translate individual pages manually if you have a real purpose for it. You could use Google’s translation (time consuming) for this or hire a translator (probably a better choice but expensive).

  4. It is a bad idea to use machine translation, it usually does not work very well, and in addition you risk being penalized by Google, which since the Panda update frowns on incorrect grammar.
    If you really want your visitors to be able to understand your pages, try adding Google translate to your site – you will not be penalized because the translation is “on the fly” (i.e., no permanent pages) and of course Google knows what Google Translate is… but the quality of the translation will still not be very good.

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