RichH - 5:58 pm on Jun 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
Here's another exception. I have a page on my hobby site that's dedicated to widgets for a popular music software program.
It consists of little more than download links (to files hosted on two different domains owned by me) for each widget and a very short description giving the name of the widget and its author. In this particular genre, made-up names (i.e in no known language) and deliberate misspellings are commonplace. Think "Blu Widgetz" rather than "Blue Widgets" and a lot worse! So the page is, I'd have thought, largely incomprehensible to a search engine spider looking for rational words/sentences. It could even look like spammy/spun content although it's anything but.
Despite this it ranks #1 / #2 in Google for the only key word phrases that anyone looking for these widgets would ever use. The only time this doesn't work is if you misspell the search for a widget that has already deliberately been misspelled. So a search for "Bloo Widgits" wont, of course, return my page which references "Blu Widgetz". The other site that I share the top 2 places with is that belonging to the company that wrote the original program, so no complaints there. In fact I know of at least one other similar resource for these widgets that's probably better than mine but it ranks nowhere.
The only slightly irritating thing is that, although I've specifically stated in the Meta tag info that the page is in British English, Google concludes that it's in Japanese.