As mentioned in this post, one of my latest projects, Laugh Out Loud Videos has been making some nice progress. So far this year the site has received 166 unique visitors and is performing somewhat nicely in the Google search index. The reason I say somewhat nicely is because the results, or what Google is choosing to index, are really odd. To see what I mean, check out this link. The results are in a foreign language for the most part. Russian and Chinese appear the dominate languages. But why?!@ Talk about frustrating.. The site was designed to target an English speaking audience, not Russian and Chinese. Those people don't laugh anyway.
I've contacted some experts in the field to gain a better understanding as to why this is happening. The only option Google's Webmaster Tools provides that appears remotely close to toggling this option is Geolocational Targeting, but that's not what I want. I don't want to target Russian speaking people living in the U.S. The IDEAL target is English speaking people all over the world, but as stated, that's not an available option. What's a webmaster to do in a crisis like this, just wait it out?
Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas as to why this is happening. If you take a look at the site, you'll see the majority of the content is English - so why is Google choosing to primarily index Russian?
Someone suggested this is because the site is still listed in the Google's supplemental index. Many people refer to the supplemental index as The Sandbox. I should have known better... what a waste of a post.
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