Global Translator – Translates Your Blog Into 34 Languages

Global Translator is a free WordPress plugin that will translates the content of your blog into 34 languages. What makes this translation plugin better than others is that it doesn’t take your readers away from your blog and onto a translation site. Instead, all translated pages are kept on your blog and become new content. The key here is search engines will pick up this new content and index it. This is a great way to add a ton of new content without any writing. Conceivably, the number of indexed pages on your blog can increase by a factor of 34!

  • Four different Translation Engines: it has the ability to provide the translations by using Google Translation Engine, Babel Fish, Promt, FreeTranslations.com
  • Search Engine Optimized: it uses the permalinks by adding the language code at the beginning of all your URI. For example the english version on www.domain.com/mycategory/mypost will be automatically transformed in www.domain.com/en/mycategory/mypost
  • Fast Caching System: new fast, smart, optimized, self-cleaning and built-in caching system. Drastically reduction of the risk of temporarily ban from translation engines.
  • Fully configurable layout: you can easily customize the appearance of the translation bar by choosing between a TABLE or DIV layout for the flags bar and by selecting the number of translations to make available to your visitors
  • No database modifications: Global Translator is not intrusive. It doesn’t create or alter any table on your database: this feature permits to obtain better performances.

The first time a reader clicks one of the nation flags (say China) at the bottom of the post, it will take them to my chosen translation engine (in this case, Google). The plugin will then go to work and pull the translated content into your blog as a new page. The next time a reader hits the China flag, they will be shown the Chinese page created on my blog instead of being taken to Google. The quality of the translation range from good to pretty ridiculously.

Installation of the Global Translator is more involved than other WordPress plugins. You need to change permissions on several folders so the plugin can write content to them. If you know how to work a FTP program, you shouldn’t have any problems installing this plugin.

Since installing the plugin, Global Translator has created 1,299 new pages on my blog. That’s 1,299 new pages for the search engines to index. Global Translator can automatically provide the translated URLs to the Google Sitemaps Generator for WordPress plugin. After the next sitemap rebuild, all the translated URLs will be added to your sitemap.xml file.

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79 thoughts on “Global Translator – Translates Your Blog Into 34 Languages”

  1. Melissa says:

    This is way too cool! I’m going to do this now. I especially like the “no database modifications” part. John, have you seen your traffic increase even more after installing this plugin? Or can’t you tell since you have soooo much traffic anyway:)

    1. I guess you need to see what kind of traffic you have. Maybe this will not help too much, who knows.

  2. wesley says:

    Seems like a great plugin!

    Only one thing I wonder about; if google sees all these different languages on your site, how will they classify the site? I think I’ve read somewhere that the primary language on your site does matter..

    1. I may use this plugin, hope it didnt mess up too much.

  3. John Lynn says:

    Looking forward to the follow up post on how much your traffic increases from other nations. Not to mention traffic to your international pages. With the most interesting one being traffic from referring sites in other languages.

    Will also be interesting to see if the comments turn international as well.

  4. Pheak Tol says:

    johnchow going international

  5. Tutorial says:

    I use this plugin on my site recipes ( http://recetaschef.com ). The blog is written in Spanish and translated into English, German and French.
    The translations are not very good, but it helps a lot to get visitors who speak different languages.
    John: solved the problem with firefox. Now if I can keep your blog from firefox.

  6. SEO Tips says:

    Sounds amazing and very interesting however I am skeptical as to what reaction Google has to this plug in I shall wait a while and see what others reactions are to this tool before I go ahead and add it on to my site.

    Sounds brilliant though

  7. Yeah, I would have to wonder what Google would think of this as it sounds too good to be true. Maybe there’s nothing in place right now to send a red flag about basically duplicate content, regardless the difference in languages, but I bet the big G will implement a new form of filter quickly for this one…time will tell.

    1. Reyn Aria says:

      Yeah, that’s my concern too…

      When tons of people are using this, I believe Google will notice. After all, if the main translation engine is Google, they will break no sweat to find the duplicate contents in other languages.

      1. Paul B says:

        People have been using these sorts of automated translation scripts for years. Well I’ve been using them for 4 years and I’m fairly sure I wasn’t the first person to write one πŸ™‚ Google isn’t interested in duplicate content in different languages (cos it’s not really duplicate if it’s in another language).

        What they don’t like however is people abusing their free services using automated scripts like this. You hit their services with too many requests from the same IP and you get a temporary ban from using the translate and a nast 302 redirect page to show your foreign visitors. The other translation services are a little more giving!

        1. Yeah, I didn’t think they’d have a problem with translated pages. Why would they?

  8. Thats awesome!! I hope I can find something like this for OnePoke.com when it is launched, as I want it to be a truly global website

  9. David Hobson says:

    I just installed this plugin and think its one of the best available.

  10. Massimo says:

    This plugin can help people like me πŸ™‚ to make an international blog.. It could translate the blog on the fly and, after that, I could correct the mistakes…
    I’ll give it a chance… πŸ˜‰

  11. going to try this. anything to help a new site.

  12. TY says:

    i was testing it out..seems like google wasn’t happy..

    ————
    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.

    We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

    If you’re continually receiving this error, you may be able to resolve the problem by deleting your Google cookie and revisiting Google. For browser-specific instructions, please consult your browser’s online support center.

    If your entire network is affected, more information is available in the Google Web Search Help Center.

    We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.
    ————————————–

    1. new gadgets says:

      There is a setting for this plugin called “Translation engine connection”

      This determines how often to connect to the translation engine. You may want to increase the interval.

  13. Cal says:

    Man! Excellent tip, John.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. sounds like an awesome tool to spread your blog foot print to further corners of the world! gonna have to give this one a try. thanks!

  15. John,

    One of the biggest benefits of this pluggin is the page duplication.

    1 Page becomes 34 pages if you translate with all the languages available for you.

    This quickly get more content out there and the content is indexed in the TRANSLATED LANGUAGE!

    Now, it’s not a perfect translation, it’s not gonna read fluently to a person reading their own language due to different “tenses” within language, but what it does is… it gets the point across, which in my opinion… is good enough.

    It’s a great plugin, and watch your CPU usage off your server. If it’s pulling on your cache too hard you could get your server host calling telling you to back off CPU draining.

  16. Rahul says:

    Thanks for this Q-tip. This is something kinda worth sharing with all my fellow people. Cheers.

  17. In a world that is now international, this comes very handy. I like the fact that readers won’t have to leave your blog to take advantage of this.

  18. Chef Patrick says:

    Nice little plugin. If you don’t want it on every post you can use Google’s translator bar and run it across the top of the site. This may be a little more noticeable as well.

  19. game-girl says:

    Global Translator is one more opportunity for people to widen international communication in blogging.

    1. Yep. I have people from all over the world visiting my sites, so this will come in real handy.

  20. Rick Vaughn says:

    John,

    Thanks for the heads up always looking for ways to improve traffic. Thank you!

  21. Infonote says:

    If you enable this plugin, be ready to get more hosting space, since each cached page is stored on hosting machine.

  22. Brooks says:

    Google WILL index it as duplicate content and de-index your site, be forewarned. I have tried it on two of my sites and quickly watched PR go down and indexing suffer in webmaster tools.
    However, one needs to balance this result against the potential upside of converting international traffic. Which if you are working smart with international affiliations like amazon, you will be fine on the landing page side of things….

    1. Mark A says:

      Can anyone else confirm this? My PR seems to be dropping, even though traffic is increasing and Google are sending me more of it.

      1. Paul B says:

        The trouble comes when the translation service (namely Googles) errors out a 302 cos of automated abuse. The spider gets served that and breaks the linking structure of your site and screws up any internal linking strategy you may be using.

        Google do not in my experience treat translated pages as duplicate content. It’s the collapse of your sites linking that causes PR drop and other content to stop being indexed.

        1. Clement says:

          Now you are talking. I am experiencing exactly the same thing on my blog. But is there a way to ensure that Google does not index or follow pages created by this plug in. I need this plugin so that readers proficient in other languages should be able to read my blog after clicking their country’s flag.

          1. Paul B says:

            Just add the right noindex stuff into your robots.txt file.

          2. Clement says:

            Then the SEO benefits that are supposed to come with this plugin will be lost completely, not so?

      2. Nobody knows how really google works. Guess not even them

    2. Well, that’s a damn shame. I wanted to use this.

  23. SEO Tips says:

    I am not sure but if you use adsense and someone hit your adds as he is is using the translator it doesn’t count for adsense.

    1. Bruno Silva says:

      This is wrong.
      I’ve been using this plugin on some sites for over 1 year now and I have a lot of income coming from these pages.
      You must be careful though, because some languages aren’t supported by adsense, so you must remove them from the site.

      1. Clement says:

        Looks like this plugin is bringing more complications than solutions. How does one check all the 34 languages in order to find out if they are supported by Adsense or not. Isn’t that too much work?

  24. I’m going to try this… thanks a ton John!! πŸ˜€

  25. munawar am says:

    I have take apart to download it, thanks a lot for sharing. I love WordPress.

  26. Robinoz says:

    My experience with English – Arabic translators is that it may well produce a variety of what we called “Chinglish” back in the 70s when China was beginning to make an impact on Australian imports. Then, most of their written guides were almost incomprehensible.

    I’ll give it a go and get some of my ESL friends to read it and give me some feedback. If it works it will be brilliant.

    Robinoz
    All About Jobs blog
    http://www.e1jobs-blog.com
    Central Australia

  27. H. says:

    Pretty handy indeed.
    Blogger also has a similar feature now using one of Google’s translating features.

  28. Definitely a great plugin. I will need to try it someday looks promising, thanks for sharing!

  29. John,

    Thanks for your tips! This plugin translator seems the best on the market if we judge how many reviews received worldwide!

    I’ve checked also your post with the “16 best plugins” and few of them I’ll use them, too, like the translator above.

    Cheers.

  30. Ken says:

    Those automatic translators are not very good, and the translations sometimes are so bad that they are funny. I think it’s better to let viewers themself translate content they don’t understand at for example translate.google.com.

    Do you really want your website to be like this:

    http://www.micktravels.com/china/signs/06-funny-chinese-sign.html
    http://www.tripntale.com/trip.aspx?did=411

  31. huh, nice resource tool thanks for sharing.

  32. Ruben Ricart says:

    Been looking for something like this! Thanks for sharing John…

  33. Christian says:

    now that’s smart thinking. making your site more accessible to the entire world with click of a button. nice. that’s my kind of leverage πŸ™‚

  34. Christian says:

    It’s true, as an earlier commenter mentioned, that some translator scripts do not do the most perfect job, but the idea is extending the resource to your reader…at least it’s there. If they don’t like the translation then I don’t think that necessarily means they will hold it against you. Also, for many instances like in Spanish, I’ve found the translations are just fine. Not perfect, but it makes the site more useful, which is the point to begin with.

  35. Will we need all those languages? Yes!! When I check my analytics i have people from around the globe checking out my blog and I know it would be much easier for them to read it in their native language. Most actually do speak and read a little English. Reading it in your own language is better.

  36. game-girl says:

    I totally agree and think that the translatos will be of great use with their drawbacks and funny translations they are able to give the main idea in the quickest way.

  37. I would have preferred this plugin if it translated the blog post like http://www.johnchow.com/en/global-translator-translates-your-blog-in-34-languages/

    This would have got 34x more in links on Google πŸ˜‰

  38. Anthony says:

    John, there are also solutions giving you the possibility to translate posts by yourself. Of course it takes more time, but it’s also much more efficient.

    You can check my blog to see ZdMultilang (my plugin) in action as it not only translate posts, but all that is possible via human translation. Maybe I can talk to you about that if we meet at some network event in Vancouver (I’ll be at LPV6).

  39. Wow excellent, I think this will work very well with my safari holiday blog, many thanks for the tip.

  40. Erik Prabowo says:

    Very nice plugin, the translate result not very good, but it really work for the one who one to read my blog (i write it in Bahasa Indonesia)

  41. flac says:

    They’ve really got to work on their translation quality. Even with spanish, it’s sometimes a pretty awful hack.

  42. Chris says:

    Google might think that you’re setting up mirror sites to artificially inflate the number of links to your site.

    1. Clement says:

      Thats what I think as well.

    2. And to think we thought Google was intelligent…

  43. Carlton Bale says:

    I tried this plug-in quite some time ago. Yes, it creates more pages, more search engine visibility, and potentially more traffic. But in my experience, it creates a bunch of poorly-written pages that are more of a disservice to your visitors than a benefit.

    A native-speaker de-translated the “about me” page of my site. It stated that my gender was “little man” and that I “really like young goats but don’t have them yet” I uninstalled the plugin.

    You may get some additional search engine traffic, but don’t expect return visitors reading each of your latest posts. They will think that you typed the translation yourself and that you are a moron.

    1. Clement says:

      It also brings lets a lot of tags to be indexed by Google. I am taking it out right now.

  44. Erik Prabowo says:

    I have a problem using arab, vietnam, chinese, japanese, korean, but it work with europe, english languanges .I think it is very must install plugin in your blog.

  45. Robert says:

    Most non-English speakers have their own favorite translator. They don’t need this plugin.

  46. make150aday says:

    common…
    the best transaltion is by human…
    Once upon a time Altavista made babel fish popular, but I wa snot happy with the transaltion.
    They are not accurate.

  47. make150aday says:

    John–
    Are you thinking of adding this plugin yourself?

    How about
    http://translate.google.com/translate_tools?hl=en&sl=en&tl=hi

    http://www.labnol.org has google translation.

    1. Clement says:

      I have now deactivated the Global Translator plugin from my blog. I think it messed up the link structure of my Google indexed pages in such a way that my posts were going down in SERPs at a very fast rate. I have since installed the Google Translator gadget from the link that you have provided.Everything, except China, is becoming “Googlized”.

  48. Very nice and useful plugin, since visitors to ANY site can be anyone around the world. Hopefully this doesn’t use Google to translate it because embedding the script into the website is a better solution.

    -Mike

  49. Ali Hussain says:

    Wow, nice little plugin. Making your blog available to all kinds of people and not only people speaking English

  50. Bash Bosh says:

    Well, I think that’s not real replacement for real translators!
    I also think that some language pairs that I know (serbian or croatian) are not translated correctly for sure!

  51. marhgil says:

    If you are using Google Adsense, take note that some of the languages on Google Translator Plugin are not yet supported by them. Google Adsense TOS says:

    Please also be aware that placing the AdSense code on pages with content primarily in an unsupported language is not permitted by the Adsense Program Policies

    There are 10 languages there which I disabled to stay compliant with their TOS. I blogged about this here.

    Of course, if you don’t use Adsense, you don’t have to worry about this. πŸ˜€

  52. 100wordrants says:

    This is a great way for your blog to be read by the world. It could really benefit my site.

  53. Takumi86 says:

    I have never seen this plugin before so Thanks Very much for sharing this plugin!

  54. Nice find, John! I’d been looking for a translation plugin for a while now. Didn’t want to use Google’s because of the way it’s setup. This plugin is way better.

  55. “….The key here is search engines will pick up this new content and index it. This is a great way to add a ton of new content without any writing….”

    This sounds very good, but do you think some search engines like the big G might treat it as spam. What do you think John?

    Peter Lee

  56. Gagan says:

    but Google translate rox !!

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