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    Question How can I get google to change my description?


    Hi there.

    I'm new here...but I'm reading through the forums as quick as I can.

    I just launched a site www.mealtimecentral.com. The goal of the site is to let people find restaurant menus online and in the future order food as well.

    I'm trying to get my google act together. One thing I'm really unhappy about is the description that google gave me. When my site comes up in google, it says, "... Atlanta. Copyright www.MealTimeCentral.com.". I want it to say what's in my meta tag, "Offers restaurant menus, online ordering & marketing for restaurants. Includes online menus, online ordering service, and more."

    If anyone can help me to understand how to make this happen I'd really appreciate it.

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    Google uses the content on the page to dynamically build the description for the SERPs. So if that page ranks well for a number of keywords, you normally will find a different description used for each keyword you rank for (for the same page).

    Tweak the content within the page, until you are happy with the description. It can take a a few weeks to get it perfect, because it can take a few days for Google to update your description.

    Good luck.
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    ...just to add:

    If you search for your own page, use your regular keyword phrase. And if you're not ranking yet, make it something like:

    keyword1 keyword2
    site:mydomain.com

    That will show you the "snippet" that Google associates with your site combined with your keywords. It's probably what internet users will see in time, as you start ranking well for your favourite keywords
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    If anyone can help me to understand how to make this happen I'd really appreciate it.
    You can find a lot of interesting information on Google's FAQ and guidelines for webmasters.

    On this page: http://www.google.com/intl/en/webmasters/3.html

    "Site descriptions in Google results are actually quoted from the web page in question. Google automatically generates different descriptions based on the search terms used to find the site (these "snippets" display the search term(s) in the context of the page on which they appear).

    For example, if there is a pet site that deals with cats and dogs, and someone enters a search for the word 'dog,' the site description on Google will only talk about 'dogs.' If a person searches Google for 'cats' and the same site is delivered as a result, the description will be different it will contain references to the word 'cat' as it appears on the website.

    Google does not display a standard description. We look for the search terms specified (and in some cases, variations of those terms) and show snippets of where those terms appear. This is a completely automated process and editing is not an option. If you alter the relevant text on the page itself, Google will pick up those changes during our next crawl in a few weeks. "
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    # of indexed pages...


    Wow, thanks for the quick response. Actually if I use site:mealtimecentral.com for my keywords I pretty much do get what I was hoping for!

    On another note however, a simple search for site:mealtimecentral.com yields only two page. In actuality I have many pages, and in particular I have spent time writing articles I'm hoping to get indexed. You can see these from my www.mealtimecentral.com/default.aspx page after you select any location.

    Furthermore, when you click a link it takes you to articles.aspx which will have more and more articles over time. Why aren't these pages being indexed?

    A search for one of my competitors site:restaurantrow.com yields a whole bunch of pages!

    Thanks again for the help, I really appreciate your time.
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    As you said yourself, you're new to this and it is a new site, so it will take some time before google indexes all your pages. Your competitor has probably been around for a bit longer and that is why more of his site has been indexed.

    To get your site indexed more quickly, make sure you have a good site link structure. A sitemap may help. And lots of incoming links.
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    patience is all what you need in the starting... as only 2 pages have been cached with no BL...

    also wait till the deepcrawl hapen.. once the deepcrawl happens all you pages will be cached... so keep working on adding new text & pages to your site...

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