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My home page had sunk to page two of the serps for my keyword. After contacting fast it rose back to #1.
Now it appears to have gone completely. A sub page now appears around page #5 of the serps but the home page does not appear at all fromwhat I can see so far.
What is really strange is that for primary phrase I almost completely fill the first 100 results but the home page still does not appear, only sub pages.
AllTheWeb defaults to searching in "English"
When I changed that to "Any Language" my home page comes up at #1
The home page as a meta tag
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-ie">
none of the sub pages have this tag which is why they were appearing in the SERPS.
It appears that FAST does not think en-ie is english!
If it's the tag, I wonder if it works the other way around? Eg. putting in 'de' would make the page show only at searches for german language?
Heck, maybe even better to just leave it out completly and let FAST figure it out?
The tag has been in since i created that page about two years ago. The fact that the page stopped showing up in the SERPS for English this week inidcates :
1) the algo to figure out a pages language has changed recently
2) that the default FAST search mode has changed from "Any Language" to "English" recently and I never paid attention to what the mode was before.
AlltheWeb now determines the country from which a user’s query is originating and provides relevant results in the user’s local language as well as in English. ... Although the local language and English are provided as the default languages, users will still be able to override the default language by selecting from the 49 languages available through AlltheWeb’s customized settings.
FAST has been all over the place for my home page during the last two weeks.
After my site went AWOL in the English listings it suddenly appeared again about a week ago.
It stayed in the SERPS for about two days and then it went completely AWOL from both English and International SERPS.
Yesterday it reappeared in International SERPS but is still missing in the English ones.