I am thinking of dropping the language translation from this blog.
If you can read other languages besides English please take a look at some of the translated versions of this blog using the flag icons at the bottom of the home page. What do you think of the non-English versions of this blog? Are the translations really useful? Do they seem to get the point across?
For nearly years I have used Translation Gold on this and several other sites.
This translation script seem to work well from a software point of view. It translates the pages and saves them in a cache that can be found by search engines and indexed. I actually get a very high percentage of non-English visitors to this blog and the other sites and blogs I run the translation script on.
Why am I considering removing Translation Gold from this site?
I have a high number of bounced visitors.
The bounce percentage is definately higher on the translations. I would like to lower that percentage. While some translated pages rank fairly high, the traffic is not staying. This leads me to think the translations may not be that good anyway.
Poor ad performance.
Many advertisers only want English traffic. AdSense does not seem to perform very well on these pages either. It may be because of the translation or simply lack of demand for ads in those languages. To put it shortly, there’s no money in it.
Google has recently started to complain about the redirects in translated pages.
Google likes the pages themselves. Google does not like it when these pages have links that lead to pages that are blocked by robots.txt. This gives me errors in Google Webmaster Tools and simply makes me nervous. This may be due to the way the pages are cached and the robots.txt is made, but I do not have the skill needed to figure out how to make Google happy with this. Perhaps a better writted robots.txt would do it.
Translation Gold is no longer available.
I am not sure if it is still supported. It has worked very well and is a testament to good scripts. It may be time to stop using it though.
Please share your opinion of translation software with a comment below.
As pointed out by Apollia in the comment below, the software is not working anymore. This answers my question and I have removed the software since it is now useless.
I also discovered that there was an extreme error in the comment section of the blog with a plugin blocking comments it should not have. I have disabled this plugin till I can make sure comments are working properly. Thanks for all those that have tried to comment and were not able to.