After installing the Global Translator plugin for WordPress a few weeks ago, I have decided it has a negative effect on SEO. I originally installed the Global Translator plugin as a convenience for the non-English-speaking visitors of this blog. The plugin quickly increased crawler activity and the number of pages being viewed in other languages. However, I recently discovered the negative SEO implications of the Global Translator plugin as it created multiple errors as shown in Google Webmaster tools. Some directories created by Global Translator had already been added to Google search results.
Obviously the errors on Google Webmaster needed to be fixed but how bad was the problem? After some research online, I discovered that there are number of issues created by the Global Translator plugin:
- Google webmaster tools errors
- Increased file size on server
- Violation of Google Translator Terms of Service (TOS)
- Duplicate Content
For these reasons, I decided to uninstall Global Translator plugin from ModernSaver.com. If you decide to do the same, here are the steps to follow:
1. Disable the plugin
2. View “/your_wordpress_blog_root_folder/wp-content/gt-cache/” on your server and determine how many directories Global Translator has created.
3. For each directory in step #2, create a “Disallow” statement in your “robots.txt” file so crawlers ignore these directories. For your convenience, below is a list of all directories to be removed:
The list of language directories to disallow should be placed in your “robots.txt” file.
4. Use Google Webmaster Tools to request all of the aforementioned directories be permanently removed from Google’s search results. Unfortunately, you need to make an entry for every directory.
5. The process of removing directories/pages from the Google search index will take a few days. Wait until the requests have been completed on Google Webmaster Tools, then remove the cache files from your server.
Anyone had a different experience with Global Translator? I am interested in your story. For those of you with an experience similar to mine, I hope you found the problem early before hundreds of your pages were indexed in another language!