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Google Translate Widget

If your blog is starting to draw an audience from overseas or you want to collaborate with other schools around the world, you’ll want to find a way to translate your blog into multiple languages.

One of the most common questions we receive from our edubloggers is how to implement Google Translate on their blogs.

This quick process will help you set up a Google Translate widget on your blog to make it easy for your blog audience to translate your website in a single click.

1. Go to https://translate.google.com/manager/website/add. You’ll be prompted to log in with a Google account. If you don’t have one, you can register for free.

2. Enter the domain of your website (i.e. dleeman.edublogs.org) and select the original language that your blog is written in.

Add a website

3. Customize the plugin settings if necessary (the default settings will work for most people). Click “Get Code.”

Plugin Settings

4. Open a new tab in your browser and log into your Edublog.

5. Go to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard.

Appearance > Widgets

6. Drag a text widget to your sidebar or widget area.

Text Widget

7. Copy the meta tag from Google and paste it into the text widget.

Meta Tag

8. Copy the code snippet from Google and paste it immediately following the meta tag in the text widget.

Code Snippet

9. Double check to make sure both the meta tag and code snippet are listed and press “Save.”

Translate Widget

10. Reload your blog. You should now see the Google Translate widget.

Translate - select language

Now your visitors can click on their own language to translate your blog!

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  1. Hi! I love google translate! I thank you!

    • You’re welcome; thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Hi There,

    I attempted to add this and was unsuccessful. I tried to refresh my code page on the google translate page and can no longer find it. May you please help me with this?

    All the best,

    • Hi Ajay,

      I apologize that I cannot provide a more in-depth answer, but I wonder if automated translation (per the help forum) refers to automatically sending users to a translated version of the blog versus the user self-selecting to translate via the translate widget on the blog. If you had set up your website in such a way that sent users from certain countries to automatically translated pages, then you would want this to be noindexed so that it would not create duplicate content.


  3. Thanks for the info.

  4. I followed every direction to the letter, but for some reason, every time I press “save”, half of the text I pasted in disappears. I have tried reloading the page several times and even regenerating the code, but nothing works. When I refresh my blog in a seperate window, only the leftover text is displayed, no translate box. Please help! I have many students whose parents do not speak English, and I think this tool would help me to communicate better with them. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Beth

      Please provide a link to the blog you are trying to add the widget to. We need to check your blog to see what is happening.


  5. Why won’t it work on the account that I have?

    • Hi Peter,

      Embedding media in posts and widgets is a feature of Edublogs Pro.


  6. That is a quick and easy trick so I’ve heard.

  7. I must agree that Google Translator is very popular among us teens these days. Although it’s not 100% accurate, it does help a lot. This is a great way for most of us second language learners to understand the language easier.

  8. is there any way to change title in google script select language into choose language ???????

  9. Greetings from Brazil!
    Thanks man! Great tutorial! It helped me a lot! I managed to put this widget on my blog just fine. 😉

  10. Hi Dan!

    Greetings from San Diego!
    Great tutorial! It helped me a lot! I managed to put this widget on my blog just fine.
    Do you have any to tutorial to include a (not spam script – like that one you are using below?)
    Thanks a lot!

  11. Hello Dan,
    Great Work. It’s really Helpful. Keep It up!

    • Mohammad Naeem Ramzani
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  12. Hi – Is the Google translation widget free to use or is there a cost associated with it? I have read contradicting information regarding this (i.e. charged for every million characters).

  13. Thanks!!! its help me lot

  14. I’ve had a lot of luck using http://babelblogs.com/ with machine translation and I’ve going to try their integrated human translation which would be even better. Anyone else using this?

  15. Thank you for the clear and thorough post.


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