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    Google indexing my site in the wrong language


    google is indexing my pages after we went live with a redesign yesterday...so i guess that's a plus

    however, the content is being indexed as follows

    柊lbany, NY ∑ 肘ndianapolis, IN ∑ 姫hiladelphia, PA ∑ 柊nnapolis, MD ∑ 弼acksonville, FL ∑ 姫hoenix, AZ ∑ 柊tlanta, GA

    and google has a [translate this page] next to results from site:mysite.com

    We have a java drop down menu with bullets in front of each of our categories (which are capitalized) and i'm wondering what part of this makes google think that our page is written in JAPANESE...yes....JAPANESE. Maybe it's having problems with capital letters?

    Don't get me wrong, they are a great people, but dammit i need to optimize for the US...we don't ship international!

    What else could be triggering this?

    We use x-cart if that helps.
    Last edited by jujujujujubbeee; Apr 13th, 2011 at 02:45 PM.
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    The java could have some kind of issue going on.

    Have you checked the page source that is actually loading?
    I notice each city has a different character in front of it so it could be the capital letter and something hidden in front of it are combining to look like a Japanese character when Google tries to read the java.

    Check the heck of of that java/javascript. Maybe even try loosing the bullet and see if Google can better interpret it.

    This is one reason to avoid Java especially in site nav. (no offense just for anyone else thinking about it)
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    I'm sorry, but I don't appear to be able to see the URL of your website to be able to have a thorough inspection of it. However, from looking at what you have written, I would presume it's an encoding problem somewhere.

    Is the page's encoding type configured to UTF-8? If the content is being taken from the database, then you may have encoding issues within the actual database. The database needs to be configured as UTF-8 as well.

    Don't get me wrong, UTF-8 isn't the ONLY charset in existence, but it is one of the charsets that supports a substantial amount of characters.
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    search the key words...I think you'll find the site...why it's doing that I haven't a clue, but would like to know.
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    well i guess as long as we're #1 for "肘ndianapolis, IN" we're in the clear!

    the site is panoramas-dot-com.

    I removed the bullet from in front of each sub category. There was no space between the bullet and the first letter so maybe that's the case.

    I'm going to see what happens when they get re-indexed.

    I've also got a ticket opened with the maker of the mod so maybe they can pick it apart and peg it down. too?

    I will check out and make sure the database is utf-8, it is definately pulling the content dynamically.
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    charset=iso-8859

    if i update this to utf-8 will it break everything?
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    In theory, the "ISO-8859" encoding type is perfectly fine, by changing your encoding type, however, it won't break anything as long as you set it to "UTF-8".

    It's worth a try, but aside from that, it's worth waiting for an actual response from the creator of the mod.

    Please keep us updated with how it goes!

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