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MS Bot sees site as dutch incorrectly RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I hope someone can help with this.  Our website www.doortechnik.co.uk hasn't been ranking on live for a while and I think it's because the MSNBOT thinks our pages are in Dutch, just not all pages.  They all have the same doctype etc and there are no dutch words in there as far as I know.

    To try and fix it I've added this tag:
    <meta http-equiv="content-language" content="en">
    to all pages.  Will this work, or is there a better way of doing it?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jimmy
    Friday, May 1, 2009 1:22 PM

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  • I should also add that the server is in London...
    Friday, May 1, 2009 1:24 PM
  • Jimmy,

    There are three small scripts you need to check.  The DTD (DocType), the HTML language, and the Meta tag.  Following is an example:

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" 
    
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd"> 
    
    <HTML lang="en">
    
    <HEAD> 
    
    <TITLE>My Website</TITLE> 
    
    <META http-equiv="content-language" content="en">
    
    </HEAD>
    Note that it really makes no difference where your webserver is located -- London, Japan, California, or Africa.  All my web pages and Sites are in English and located outside the United States, and have never had to declare a language type in the <HTML> tag.  However, doing so won't do any harm.  I believe that the META tag, declaring the "en", will be most beneficial and useful.

    We hope this has been helpful.  Please post a reply is further asistance is needed.

    pcOxygen, Volunteer Staff
    http://www.pcoxygen.com/
    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 10:45 PM
  • hi pcOxygen thanks for your reply.

    I made the changes you suggested and gave it some time, but the site is still 50% identified as dutch by MSNBOT.

    Some examples are:

    http://www.doortechnik.co.uk/steel_doors.html -- is seen as English
    http://www.doortechnik.co.uk/glass_doors.html -- is seen as dutch

    they both have same meta tags, though the content differs obviously.

    If anyone has any thoughts on this I would be glad to hear them.
    Monday, June 15, 2009 7:57 AM