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Google mis-identifying Blogoscoped language?

Milly [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
15 years ago3,136 views

Google appears to think about a third of the Google Blogoscoped site is not in English :-

English: http://www.google.com/search?lr=en&q=site:http://blogoscoped.com

"Results 1 – 10 of 7,080 English pages from blog.outer-court.com"

All languages: http://www.google.com/search?lr=&q=site:http://blogoscoped.com

"Results 1 – 10 of about 10,700 from blog.outer-court.com"

And here's a specific page :-

English: http://www.google.com/search?lr=en&q=site:http://blogoscoped.com+40tude%20dialog%20ifilter%20milly

"There were no results in your selected language(s). Showing worldwide web results for site:http://blogoscoped.com 40tude dialog ifilter milly.

Results 1 – 1 of 1 from blog.outer-court.com for 40tude dialog ifilter milly"

All languages:
http://www.google.com/search?lr=&q=site:http://blogoscoped.com+40tude%20dialog%20ifilter%20milly

"Results 1 – 1 of 1 from blog.outer-court.com for 40tude dialog ifilter milly"

Though that page's (http://blogoscoped.com/forum/13158.html) source code appears to me to be declaring itself as being in English.

I've seen this language identification glitch occasionally before, btw (on a different site), though I have no particular insights. Maybe other datacenters are showing different results (I haven't checked)?

Oh, and your own Google Co-op Custom site search shows (me) the same problem :-

English: http://www.google.com/custom?q=40tude+dialog+ifilter+milly&cof=S%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fblog.outer-court.com%3BGL%3A0%3BAH%3Aleft%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fblog.outer-court.com%2Ffiles%2Fgoogle-blogoscoped-logo-small.png%3BAWFID%3A4fb46e9cc9c8a46b%3B&sitesearch=blog.outer-court.com

"There were no results in your selected language(s). Showing worldwide web results for 40tude dialog ifilter milly.

Results 1 – 1 of 1 from blog.outer-court.com for 40tude dialog ifilter milly"

Just thought I'd mention it :)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Sigh, I wonder if Google "punishes" the server for being located in Germany?

Milly [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Hmm, your custom site search URL got removed. I'll try again below ...

http://www.google.com/custom?q=40tude+dialog+ifilter+milly&cof=S%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fblog.outer-court.com%3BGL%3A0%3BAH%3Aleft%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fblog.outer-court.com%2Ffiles%2Fgoogle-blogoscoped-logo-small.png%3BAWFID%3A4fb46e9cc9c8a46b%3B&sitesearch=blog.outer-court.com

   ... if there's nothing displayed above, it must be your server not liking the length, or the encoding, or something. (Just put [40tude dialog ifilter milly] in the search box on the left column, to try it.)

Okay now?

Milly [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Yeah, I guess it could be the German location.

Now that you mention it, that other site was hosted there too.

And occasionally I've seen about a third of *my* site disappear, which I just put down to datacenter glitches, but my host (1&1) has a German WHOIS too (even though I use the US .com office of 1&1).

Hmm :(

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Surely, if it was down to server location the entire site would be "punished"? I think it just makes a (poor) guess based on the page content. And since some of Philipp's pages have multiple languages, I guess it could be difficult to guess the language...

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