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Getting Pages Indexed in Google.de

 3:57 pm on Nov 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am trying to get pages indexed in Google.de and so far have not had much luck. The pages are listed in the Web-wide search (1st button), but not in the German language search (2nd button). I am using this tag <META NAME="Content-Language" CONTENT="de"> to identify language. Is this correct? Should I be using <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="de"> instead of or in addition to?

Another interesting find is that Google.de is indexing .pdf files found on these pages, but not the actual page itself. Both the page and the .pdf file are in German, so it seems that Google.de is recognizing that the .pdf file is in German, but not the page. Any suggestions for what I should be doing to get this pages indexed in Google.de?

On some of these pages the Title Tag is in English (I am working to correct it so that they are in German). Would having the Title Tag in English have any impact on whether or not Google.de recognized them as German language pages?



 4:15 pm on Nov 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's not just the language which determines whether the page is listed as German in google.de (or the other regional Googles). There are two other parameters which you need to take into account: the domain name extension and the location of the hosting.

For example, a site with a .com domain name and hosted in the US is probably not considered German even if the content is in German. If your .com is hosted in Germany, it may well be. Also, a .de domain hosted in the US may well be listed in the German results.


 8:06 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Encyclo - As I understand it, the domain name extension and location of hosting only have an effect when you search using the 3rd button at Google.de. When I search using the 2nd button, many results are returned from .com sites. I think the 2nd button indicates that the page is in German language. The 3rd button indicates that the site is a German site (.de). My question is regarding searching using the 2nd button, pages written in German. Thanks for your suggestion.


 10:20 pm on Nov 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

dmarbiz, showing up as a site in german "Seiten auf Deutsch" (pages in german) your page has to be german. For better ranking it definetly help having hosting in Germany and having a .de domain. So try to let your site look as german as possible. :)


 8:31 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

What actually is consider as 'hosted in Germany'? I have several .de and .at domains registred with a provider in Germany, using also their namensserver but pointing to my IP in the US - where the server host my pages.
Now, by Google, are these domains consider as 'German' or 'US' hosted domains?
Also, do I have any chance to get with a .at domain with only english contend a good position at the Google.com? Any on with sucess of a .de or .at pages for the English speaking marked?


 12:29 am on Dec 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

To clarify: "Seiten auf Deutsch" means "pages in German", not "pages in Germany". My sites in German, but with .com domains, not hosted in Germany, rank.

"Seiten aus Deutschland" means "pages from Germany". Those same pages do not rank. I see some .com domains though, so maybe it's enough to be hosted in Germany.


 2:43 pm on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

hosting in Germany is always better if you target the german market. NS or registrar does not help. Also it's better for users because the sites load faster.

Andy Atkins Kruger

 8:00 am on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google's language recognition does not favour pages which feature mixed languages - a positive contribution would be to get those title tags into German.


 8:03 am on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Also, do I have any chance to get with a .at domain with only english contend a good position at the Google.com? Any on with sucess of a .de or .at pages for the English speaking marked?

Of course, there is no problem with getting a country-level domain high in general .com searches in English.

Added: on the other subject, I would recommend going with the W3 recommendation for language, which is this format:

<html lang="de-AT">


 9:24 am on Jan 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

>at domain with only english contend a good position at the Google.com?

As Stever says, no problem at all. However the other way around - getting English content ranking on Google.de on German searches is not possible.

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