24 Oct '17, 11am

Google: Stick With ISO 3166-1 For Hreflang, Not 3166-2

Google responded to a webmaster asking if they can use ISO 3166-2 for their hreflang files saying you should probably stick with ISO 3166-1. Google's documentation specifically says they support ISO 3166-1 and makes no mention of ISO 3166-2. Google writes in their documentation : The value of the hreflang attribute identifies the language (in ISO 639-1 format ) and optionally the region (in ISO 3166-1 Alpha 2 format) of an alternate URL. There is no mention of ISO 3166-2, which is why Google is telling webmasters not to use it. I'd stick to the documented ISO 3166-1 for hreflang. Do you have examples where -2 would be better to use? — Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) October 24, 2017

Full article: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-iso-3166-1-for-hrefla...

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