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9/14/14
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Colin Holgate

Re: Google shows wrong language on search results

It looks like the HTTP header Content-Language would set what language the page is in. Read this article:


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Shannon...
9/18/14
Shannon...
Welcome Jason,

I am not sure if this specifically applies but go ahead and check it out.

"Change your site's language"

Have you had a chance to visit the Google Sites Help Forum?

"Google Sites Help Forum"

Cheers,

Shannon




9/15/14
Original Poster
Colin Holgate
It looks from what you posted that you set html lang="es". I feel sure that's something different to setting Content-Language in the HTTP headers.

By the way, thanks for replying so soon, quite often we suggest things here and then never hear back from the person with the question!
JohnMu
9/17/14
JohnMu
Hi Jason

We ignore the HTML language attributes and the content-language header in the response; most sites get these wrong, so we've found it's not something we can rely on. In general, I'd recommend using the hreflang-markup ( https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en ) to let us know about different language versions of your pages. Past that, we recognize the language of a page automatically, and are able to recognize multiple languages as well, and in this case, we definitely understand that it's Spanish (as well as some English). Since the primary language is recognized properly, this wouldn't be negatively affecting your site's ranking in our search results. If you just want to suppress the "translate" link, you may want to try out the "notranslate" robots meta tag.

Cheers
John
JohnMu
9/18/14
JohnMu
Hi Jason
The current situation isn't making your site rank worse -- we still recognize the Spanish part of your pages. You can double-check the language recognition by using a language-restrict (via the advanced search settings), for example like this: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=lang_es&safe=off&q=site:videosdetetas.com . (FWIW we also don't use the DMOZ for language detection.)

The bigger problem is that your site is essentially the same as so many other sites that just reuse video feeds. That doesn't impress Googlebot much, so while i understand it's not trivial, I think in the long run it would be really helpful to just make sure that you offer something that users explicitly want to see from your site, something that they'll recommend over all of the other, similar sites, something unique, compelling and of high quality. That isn't something which can be fixed with a meta-tag, so instead of spending too much time on the technicalities of language-detection, I'd take a step back and think about what you could do to make something much more significant.

Cheers
John
 
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