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Still, the Language meta tag can't hurt. There could be some engines out there, that actually support this tag. The correct syntax is <META HTTP-EQUIV="LANGUAGE" CONTENT="de"> where "de" stands for German. (Don't ask me what the abbreviation is for other languages - I have no idea.)
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>I believe that at least the better engines (including all international ones) rely >on automatic language recognition software, of which there is a lot around >nowadays.
I agree. Maybe the engines are smarter now :)
joined:Oct 23, 2000
I has been mentioned here that if you have a page in both english and german the engines could be confused wether the page is in german or enlish. As Renke said they often rely on sofisticated automatic language recognition software, but if the page is too dilluted with different languages is can be messed up and maybe you don't receive the link pop you actually deserve.
If ex. Google can tell that a site in german is relevant for esel that it's also relevant for donkey - I really don't know.
I always try to build linkpop with other sites in the same language.
Maybe some of the other europeans can help out here?
Are the engines able to tell theming across languages. Is a site with an "esel" theme also relevant for "donkey"?
As to multilingual sites, I always recommend my customers to split them up into single language sites registering domain names in the language e.g. esel.com/esel.de, donkey.com/donkey.co.uk, burro.com/burro.es etc.Then just provide links on each site to the other languages. It also makes automated submission and rank checking a lot easier to handle.
About moving to reciprocal links. As I see it, it is more about possible language problems in relation to themes, than about link pop per se. And language issues are generally only discussed here and in the Asia forum.
A pretty good theory it seems. There have been more than one discussion at WmW about sites turning up in Google for a keyword that exists nowhere on the site. Nowhere! Closer examination of the Google cache has shown that the page has not even been indexed, but is listed - and listed high - simply on the basis of the link text at other sites. I have seen this with my own eyes - hard as though it was to believe them. But only Google works that way. As to Fast, we'll have to get NFFC in here.
As to outgoing links: yes I have heard that too and there are people claiming that linking to very popular sites can be a major factor. Even internal links are claimed to be important.