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    Google crawl creating strange characters

    I have a search cloud feature on a script I am working on. It logs the terms people are searching for and displays them as a list. You can click on the search terms to go to the results for that particular search.

    Clicking the text logs it as a new search and adds it to the cloud. Google has been either following the links or running its own searches. Either way, it is registering strange terms such as this:

    bÃfà 'Ã,¯Ãfâ?sÃ,¿Ãfâ

    Does anybody have any idea why the searches are being logged liked this? Can this be some sort of encoding issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by corbyboy View Post
    Can this be some sort of encoding issue?
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    But if Google is creating the new records by following a pre-existing link, how come the encoding gets scrambled?

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    The website which gave the links to google might have not encoded properly. Or, maybe your application is the fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crmalibu View Post
    The website which gave the links to google might have not encoded properly. Or, maybe your application is the fault.
    This is what I was thinking, but what exactly could I be doing to cause this? The URL already contains the search terms, so how can Google crawling the link change these terms?


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