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Social Networking Page Url Throwing Odd Characters In G Search


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#1 houndog

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:37 PM

Hi,
So I realize this isn't really an SEO question, but thought maybe some of you techies might know. Someone's F-book page, when googled, is showing Chinese characters, or some other language, in the text area where the meta description can sometimes go in G's search for their company name and fbook. Y doesn't even give close to the same search results on this one, so no idea what it shows. But, the URL that is shown in search results has a prefix of ja-jp.f-book.etc. A search for this ja-jp (can I say that?) kind of revealed one other page with the Chinese looking characters, but that's all I know about that. The Page was put together by a firm in India.

It's odd to me that these characters would show up, and the firm really has no comment about it when the owner wants those characters removed. The page shows up fine in F, and is in the search (although I swear, last week, was not coming up in that search, which is why we had to G it).

If this is harmless, and just a result of a developer's geographic location inadvertently inserting stuff for that country, then is this just an awareness issue, that if hiring someone in India to build the page, that something like this could happen?

Thanks!

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:45 PM

On the surface the symptoms sound like someone had set a different language characterset somewhere in the code. To something other than English. By the initials you used I would guess it was probably Japanese.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 04:50 PM

Thanks!




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