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I'm not sure where else to take this issue...

Basically, I've noticed in past weeks that generic searches for apex/vf documentation is returning the correct SF documentation.. but in Japanese.

Salesforce provides their developer documentation in several languages - in fact, you can change the article language on the fly via a dropdown on their Apex workbook

The weird thing is, I haven't ever used the Japanese language version of their docs, but for some reason a couple weeks ago that's what started showing up on any Google search results for dev documentation. Weirder still, the english version doesn't show up lower in the list or anything.

Here's a screenshot of the results of a google search for 'Try catch apex'. enter image description here

Has anyone else had this issue? Is this a client-side issue that I can resolve, or has google just been messing with the SEO of the different language versions of their docs?

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    Yes, it's been happening to me with increasing frequency. Not sure who's gaming the SEO but it sure is annoying!
    – Adrian Larson
    Aug 3, 2016 at 20:52
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    That's definitely a problem with Google, and not one that we can solve directly. Maybe there's a way to report a bug?
    – sfdcfox
    Aug 3, 2016 at 21:09
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    Glad to know it's not just me. Salesforce may drive me to insanity one day, but today is not that day.
    – Derek F
    Aug 3, 2016 at 22:23
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    This is good question but i am not sure if its right fit for the SFSE? Aug 4, 2016 at 4:52
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    Just ran into this problem today. Does Salesforce Docs site need to send a Content-Language header back with response to let the client know? Google could use that to index appropriately, although I'm sure Google could detect the language by analysing the content anyway.
    – Alan Morey
    Aug 5, 2016 at 19:04

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This is an issue that needs to be worked out between Salesforce (the company) and Google. Either SF needs to change the way they serve multi-language pages to match what Google is expecting, or Google needs to adjust its indexing to handle what SF is doing.

And maybe one or both of those things has already happened, because I haven't seen this.

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I think it depends on salesforce instance where you log-in. After that chrome takes the language of the salesforce instance where you logged-in.

Please check the instance of the org where you logged and confirm if it Japanese/chinese.

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  • I don't think so.
    – Adrian Larson
    Aug 4, 2016 at 19:12
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    @Arun, I don't think this is relevant, as I don't have to be logged into SF (or SF's support site) for google to return Japanese results. That said, our business is located in the U.S. and our org is english only.
    – smohyee
    Aug 4, 2016 at 19:53

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