Another language version of my website - SEO best practices

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I have a site on Weebly. To have an other language version of this website, I know I could use subdomains.

For example:
es.mydomain.com
it.mydomain.com

and with the original English site as just mydomain.com

But, my understanding is that subdomains are considered by search engines as independent sites. Thus, when the original English site is ranking already, creating a subdomain is not optimal for SEO.

The new language version of the site will be considered by search engines as a new website. It might take months or years to achieve the ranking I already have with the original site. Naturally, I want the new language version to have the same ranking as the original site. I don't want to wait a long time to achieve this.

And, creating different language pages in the same directory is even worse for SEO. In this case, we could potentially hurt the ranking of the original site.

My understanding is that the best option would be to use the same domain with a different directory for the other language version. Unfortunately, this feature is currently not available on Weebly.

Is my understanding of this problem correct? If so, what is the most optimal solution?
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  • If your website is on WordPress then many plugins available which help you to provide Multilingual on your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Muhammad Waleed
    i think, your understanding is correct.
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  • Profile picture of the author iubongda123
    you just edit Tag Alternate URLs for each pages of your site, google will know which pages to correct country
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  • Profile picture of the author Muhammad Hasan
    Maybe you should make a new website with a sub domain & provide a link of that website on the original ranked website.
    In this way you will achieve you goals as well as you require.
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  • Profile picture of the author JJUTechy
    i think, your understanding is correct also.
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  • decide if you need other language SEO
    plan out your strategy
    multilingual content
    choose domain structure and URL structure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    For various reasons I have always prefered a subfolder instead of a subdomain.

    mydomain.com/es instead of es.mydomain.com

    There are pros and cons to both and a lot of debate about which is better for SEO.

    In reality no matter how you do it Google will treat the subdomain or subfolder as a separate site. I wouldn't stress over it because there is no way to get around it. Ranking for keywords in English is not going to help you when you want to rank for keywords in another language. You have to do the SEO for those language keywords on another page anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Elsworth
    You can buy different domain. It will be more easier to manage and optimize
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  • Profile picture of the author Hugimand
    Why even go for weebly or something like that ? Weebly do allow subdomains ? Then use it with prefix yes. And If not it's even better to use completely different domain in completely different language anyway. I do not see how it's done here.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomtomtom7
    Checkout the plugin "translate press"
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  • Profile picture of the author CherryMiss
    Directory is better than a subdomain. Probably you may find some Weebly plugin for your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    Yes it is as simple as 1,2,3. all you need are plugins that can help you have the website in a different language. I don't think google will penalise you for that.
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