(Just a quick post.)
Our quality guidelines have been available in over ten languages for several years, so every SEO should know about Google’s German quality guidelines, our French quality guidelines, our Italian quality guidelines, our Japanese quality guidelines, our Spanish quality guidelines, our Dutch quality guidelines, our Russian quality guidelines, even our Polish quality guidelines.
If you work at a large company that has doorway pages, keyword stuffing, or other tricks against our webmaster quality guidelines in a non-English language, consider this a courtesy notice that Google will paying a lot more attention to spam in other languages in 2006. Please check your site for issues now to avoid any potential problems.
Please don’t misunderstand me as an American who has something against other countries. For example, I love France. I took French for two years in high school. I’ve been to France several times, and I’ve spent a lot of time in the Louvre staring at a beautiful painting of Madame Pasteur. I’ve done chats with French webmasters at Abondance. Heck, my registrar is French (Gandi.net). But we’re going to be stepping up our efforts in other languages, and I won’t shy away from calling out examples of (French, German, UK, whatever) sites that are removed for spam reasons. Search engine users in other countries and languages are just as tired of webspam as American users, and they deserve the best quality that Google can provide.
(Note, I’m still traveling and therefore still not approving new commenters.)