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How to tell google your website is Dutch and target is google.nl

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Martin1971, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Martin1971

    Martin1971 Senior Member

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    Hi All,

    Today i have seen something strange in google results. My website is ranking in top 10 in google.nl and language is Dutch. In the top 10 are only Dutch website's. On de end of the line wich shows the domain name google is asking: Translate this page:

    Example

    Title from my website
    www.mywebsite.nl Translate this page
    Discription: this is my Dutch website

    Why is google asking to translate my page, the page is in Dutch and target is google.NL although i do not now how and where to tell google that my target is google.NL could not find anything about this in google wmt.

    Best Regards and many thanks for helping!
    Martin71
     
  2. increaseyourlevel

    increaseyourlevel Newbie

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    Hi Martin,

    Did you put "NL" in meta tags.
    Something like ...
    <html xmlns="...." xml:lang="nl" lang="nl">
    <meta NAME='LANGUAGE' content='NL'/>
    ?
     
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  3. SaulGoodman

    SaulGoodman Registered Member

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    Increaseyourlevel is right, including the above meta tag in the <head>...</head> of your sites source code (header.php if you're using WordPress) should do the trick.

    Another thing you can do is defining Dutch/Netherlands as your sites geo location in Google Webmaster Tools !

    Best regards :)
     
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  4. Martin1971

    Martin1971 Senior Member

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    Hi Increaseyourlevel and SaulGoodman,

    Thanks for the advice: here it is, on TOP off my source, above the head section:
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="nl" lang="nl">

    Not sure where to find sites geo location in GWT i see a lot but not the section Geo Location.

    Thanks to both of you for the kind help.
     
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    remon24 Regular Member

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    Right top in WMT, site settings ->geographic targets
     
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  6. Martin1971

    Martin1971 Senior Member

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    Remon24

    Thanks a lot man, i realy do not now why i always only look LEFT :)
     
  7. 1+1=2

    1+1=2 Junior Member

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    you need to have .nl domain (or) you need to host your site in a NL datacenter. If you can't afford both, then you need to create a WMT account and set the targeted region as someone mentioned above. Personally i wouldn't recommend to create a WMT account for any black hat site.
     
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    badboyseo Newbie

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    It's a Google UI setting that needs to be checked..
     
  9. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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    Indeed, as said above, set your country and language in the meta tags and you should be good.
     
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    PrinceVisi Elite Member

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    I don't see the need to worry at all.
     
  11. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The Dutch language is so unique, google will identify it instantly. Things aren't so black/white with US English and UK English for example, I see lots of mixups in some search results.

    The key to your local promotion is to host it in NL, promote it witn NL links and have a NL domain, then you should be set for top rankings if you do the on-page stuff right.
     
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  12. UrsuAke

    UrsuAke Power Member

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    OP, you didn't tell us what google tld you're searching with and the browser + google search settings. If you're searching with Google.com then it's normal to find the "translate this page" link when searching for non english kw's.

    Also if you're searching with google.nl but your default language is set to english, it's also normal to see that link. With non-international languages, you don't need the xml language tags or the geo location for google to see your language. 99% of the times the default (automated) geo locations value in the GWT is spot on.
     
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