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RE: Meta Data & Search Engines

From: Suzanne Topping <stopping@bizwonk.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 14:34:02 -0500
Message-ID: <55C7920E6F0A1E4A912F64EA4208640EBBD2F0@wonkserv.bizwonkhq.local>
To: <www-international@w3.org>
What is the URL of the site? I'd like to check out the rest of the head tags.
 
Having more than one description tag can be a search engine no-no. 
 
What did you do with the title tag?
 
 
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From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of "André (??) Schappo"
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 1:39 PM
Subject: Re: Meta Data & Search Engines


Apart from putting in the meta descriptions I did also at the same time change the header. I now see the new header in the search results when I search with google for my IDNs page. So I assume that google has crawled my page. 

I was expecting/hoping/assuming that when I have my browser set to english then I would see ""André Schappo's Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Page" in the google search results listing

And that when I have my browser set to Chinese that I would see "小山的国际化域名网页" in the google search results listing.

As per my meta descriptions:

<meta name="description" xml:lang="en" lang="en" content="André Schappo's Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Page" />
<meta name="description" xml:lang="zh" lang="zh" content="小山的国际化域名网页" />

My page does appear in the google search results listing but my meta descriptions do not.

But I do not know what the expected behaviour of the Search Engines is or if there is even an expected behaviour with respect to language tagged meta descriptions.

Suzanne Topping
BizWonk Inc. (Solutions for a Global E-conomy)
www.bizwonk.com <http://www.bizwonk.com/> 

stopping@bizwonk.com
Phone: 1 585.454.4210
Fax: 1 585.454.4213
  

 


	
	 

	André

	On 11 Feb 2009, at 16:51, Suzanne Topping wrote:


		What do you mean by "So far google, yahoo, baidu and sogou have not picked up on it or just ignored it."?
		 
		I'm not sure how you are evaluating the SE's "response" but one thing to keep in mind is that the engines may not be indexing the site at all, may be bouncing off the site without indexing it when it tries to, or just hasn't gotten back to your site since the last time it was spidered. You might want to use the Google, Yahoo! and MSN site map submission utilities to ensure that each of these indices gets updated, and -then- evaluate their "response" to changes. 
		 
		Suzanne Topping
		BizWonk Inc.
		www.bizwonk.com <http://www.bizwonk.com/>  
		 
		stopping@bizwonk.com


		 
		On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 7:26 AM, "André (小山) Schappo" <A.Schappo@lboro.ac.uk> wrote:
		



			A couple of weeks ago I put the following into my IDNs page.
			
			<meta name="description" xml:lang="en" lang="en" content="André Schappo's Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Page" />
			<meta name="description" xml:lang="zh" lang="zh" content="小山的国际化域名网页" />
			
			So far google, yahoo, baidu and sogou have not picked up on it or just ignored it.
			
			Anyone know if search engines are (/should be) able to handle the different language meta descriptions? Are there recommendations/standards on how search engines should handle them?
			
			Thank you
			
			André
			




		-- 
		Suzanne Topping
		stopping@rochester.rr.com
		585-208-2916
		


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