Yandex offers its users an option of limiting their search only to foreign websites. To search in English or other Latin alphabet-based languages on yandex.ru, users can enable the global search filter and see results exclusively from the foreign web resources. The global search is also available at the company’s experimental www.yandex.com launched for testing new search algorithms. Yandex has been indexing foreign websites and adding global content to its search results for two years already. According to Yandex’s analysts, web users in Russia look for, first and foremost, locally relevant information in their own language, with foreign websites being only an extension to local search results. However, it may happen so that the user wants to receive an answer specifically from a foreign website. Yandex can now satisfy this need in only one click.
Msg#: 4135386 posted 4:00 pm on May 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
A bit weird.
There was always the option of searching Yandex in English / Latin script and it did its best (a very poor best) to return articles in Latin script rather than cyrillic. There was also the option to append "-.ru" to any search.
Msg#: 4135386 posted 7:34 am on May 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
If they only would comprehend the same HTML attributes for search engines as the international SEs do. But instead they utilize certain home-made non-standard ones that don't validate and some have no counterpart at Yandex. As it probably is impossible at this late stage to change the behavior of all Russian webmasters some foreign sites have unfortunately felt themselves forced to simply disallow Yandex (insofar as they obey that). It would be tough for us to learn two different sets of attributes for SEs, and to add both sets to ones web pages, in order to obtain the results you try to achieve. But maybe Yandex could start to apply both sets of attributes?
Msg#: 4135386 posted 9:37 am on May 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
Sorry, I'm not equipped to publicly elaborate in detail. I have scattered bits of somewhat worrying information but can't present the total picture. I am hoping some more capable researcher would explain the current vital facts for us, now as Yandex is becoming of importance in the West. Yandex' bots have been hitting my sites (Europe and English) quite conspiciously for at least a year. There have been many threads on Yandex on WebmasterWorld, but some of them are less recent. Yandex does have a guide for webmasters, but it is in Russian. Needless to say: if you are active in Russia you have to play by Yandex' rules, not Google's, so in that case too it would be important to know them.
Msg#: 4135386 posted 1:57 pm on May 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yandex's crawler appears to have lost it's mind today. I've had several requests for non-existent (as in never existed at all) pages from its crawler. I've not seen that behavior from it previously. Seems like their database is corrupted or something.