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Google displays second level translated page instead of first
helenp




msg:4572216
 8:20 am on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi,
I just dont get it,
I have a link on the menu that appears on all pages
for widgeting.

The page's title starts with widgeting 2012 and then more text.
On that page there is a link to see the widgetings in there original languages (on this other page the content is equal but mixed in same language plus 1 or 2 more).

So when I search in google for widgeting my company.
The page with original languages comes up in the serps, this is not what I want and I dont understand why google gives a second level page more importance (or third if we count the homepage) than the page that is linked from menu and is the page that links to the other with equal but some translated content.
Obviously the first is more interesting to users than the translated version.
Also in my sitemap for google the first page has a lot higher priority than the second.
Any ideas why google can do this?

 

tedster




msg:4572542
 1:45 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

I just dont get it,

You've sure got my sympathy, Helen - I also say that about Google a lot (; I don't think we can really understand why these things happen unless we are deep within the data structures that Google uses, and we're not. It's certainly not a straightforward database.

WRT to the Sitemap priorities, those are suggestions for frequency of crawling, not for search indexing.

Are ytour different languages all on one site and throughly marked up, also serverd with correct server headers?

helenp




msg:4572663
 11:36 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Are ytour different languages all on one site and throughly marked up, also serverd with correct server headers?

Yes they are, but the page in question
has comments, and the page linked from menu that is the one that should be indexed
is all in english, however as some of those comments are translated by us for user experience, then there is a link to a page with the same content but with the original comments, so these comments are mixed english, spanish and swedish. And this original page is the page show in serps. The other (only english) is indexed as well but not as high ranking for some odd reason.

Possible reason, the only english one is "overoptimized" having the keyword first in sentence while the other have it in middle of a sentence,
or maybe google like the word original lol, maybe google understand that the page with several pages is the best as it is the original.

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