I have a 35-page website 100% in Spanish, which for a certain highly competitive phrase does very well in Google.
I paid for the main page and 2 other pages to be included in Inktomi via Lycos Insite (in English).
The main page for that same phrase ranks about 12 in MSN.com - not bad for a start - but is absolutely nowhere in MSN.es, the Spanish regional version.
My theories were the following:
1. Because the site is US hosted (yep, it was cheaper) Inktomi thinks it isn't Spanish.
2. One of those rarely used meta-tags might be needed to tell Inktomi how to index it.
3. Because I registered it through Insite, Inktomi thinks it's just for English consumption
1. I pinged the first 10 results to get IP addresses, and found 7 to be Spain hosted and 3 US hosted.
2. I reviewed source code for all of them and found neither meta data nor content to tell Inktomi anything about the site geography
3. I sent a mail to Lycos who replied with the following:
"Your subscription with Lycos InSite Search Engine Submission
will ensure rapid inclusion to the indices, Fast and/or Inktomi, which
powers the web results of these search engines.
This means your listing will be available as a search result to each
associated engine, however, how it is displayed, or if it is displayed
is determined by each individual search engine algorithm."
Why I bother I don't know.
In desperation, I have placed the word "Espaņa" strategically about the site, but if anyone has a more scientific explanation of what's going on and how the problem might be solved, I'd be forever indebted.