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    Meta Name: Keywords or Description


    I am having trouble getting Google to recognize my meta tags (descriptions or keywords) for the websites I'm hosting. The spiders have found my sites, but for some reason, they do not recognize my descriptions.

    For example:
    one of my websites is www.islandviewlodge.com

    and when I search for islandviewlodge on Google, all that comes is the title. There is no description after islandviewlodge.com.

    What am I doing wrong? Can someone please help?

    Here are a few other examples:
    www.lpalm.com
    www.aafdesign.com
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    Google dosen't pay much attention to meta tag. It extracts description from content of a page.
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    yeah, some people say that google just uses meta tags for penalizing spammy sites. it is not used in the index.
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    Originally Posted by dejaone
    Google dosen't pay much attention to meta tag. It extracts description from content of a page.
    That's not strictly true. If it can't find it in the description, it uses part or parts of the content.

    My index page's description is visible now below the link in the serps, and appears exactly as I wrote it.
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    you can get complete meta tag details here


    you can get complete meta tag details here
    http://www.sale-force.com
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    Hi and welcome to us Colin Smaagaard,

    Google do not use the keyword tag and are only using the description tag as a description for webpages without any text content (a page can e.g. be in the index if it has links and only a flash animation).

    Some of the smaller serach engines still use the meta keywords tags. Your time is better used writing text that can be indexed by Google.
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    i agree with everyone else here. when it comes to seo, there's more important things to focus on than meta tags. for google, they're virtually useless.
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    and so ends another meta tag thread.....
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    Wink


    Originally Posted by jjkebab
    and so ends another meta tag thread.....
    The thread continues here:

    XHTML2 + RDF = the second coming of meta tag?
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    Originally Posted by dejaone
    Google dosen't pay much attention to meta tag. It extracts description from content of a page.
    This in not entirely correct. On some of my pages Google uses my meta description directly. On others G uses page content. Don't know why G is doing it, but it tells me that Google still uses the meta description string.
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    Originally Posted by SEO_AM
    This in not entirely correct. On some of my pages Google uses my meta description directly. On others G uses page content. Don't know why G is doing it, but it tells me that Google still uses the meta description string.
    And it's not just on some of your pages -- it is my understanding that Google's behavior varies based upon what search term was utilized.

    However, I have not tested this. YMMV.

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    Originally Posted by vprp
    i agree with everyone else here. when it comes to seo, there's more important things to focus on than meta tags. for google, they're virtually useless.
    WRONG! You're potential customers see the meta-description, that 's why it's so important to get it just right, because it has to be appealling enough to get those people to click, especially as we all know how frustrating searching on Google can be sometimes.

    Fact: If you stuff the description with junk, it looks messy in the SERPS.
    Fact: If you don't use a description at all, Google invents one from the content on the page, which again, can look messy in the SERPS.
    Fact: If you use the title and description in the manner they were designed for, you can get a lot of people to visit your site.
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    Hi AndyC,

    I respectfully disagree.

    The meta-description is only used by Google in special circumstanses; when the page contains no text. And not having text on a page is pretty bad SEO.

    Even when the meta sescription tag is displayed in the search result page, none of the words in the tag is searchable.

    Example: take a look at the www.safely-locked.com web site.
    This web site is using the following description tag:
    "Safely Locked wiltshires premier locksmiths"

    If you search for "wiltshires premier locksmiths" Google will return zero results.
    If you search for "Safely locked" Google will use this description:
    Safely Locked Website
    Safely Locked Website http://safely-locked.com/.
    www.safely-locked.com/ - 1k - I hurtigbuffer - Lingnende sider

    This is because this website does have some text on page.

    Example: take a look at the www.altastorsenter.no web site.
    This web site is using the following description tag:
    "Senterleder:Frode Wilhelmsen mob:.97574741Driftsleder:Trond Olav Olsen mob:.97598094"

    If you search for "Olav Olsen mob:.97598094" Google will return zero results.

    If you search for "Alta Storsenter" you will se that Google is using the description tag to describe the site.

    This is because this website does not have any text on page.


    We are not in anyway connected to any of the two websites used as examples.
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    sorvoja,

    If you re-read my post, you'll see that not once did I say Google indexes descriptions.

    I made the point, very clearly, that descriptions are one of the best ways for humans to read about sites in the SERPS.

    I never mentioned Google indexing descriptions.
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    Everyone should think of their meta description as their advertisement copy for searchers on Google. It is not indexed, but Google uses it directly as written to describe your site. I am glad my non-marketing oriented webmasters don't understand how important the description meta string is. It, many times, is the reason why a searcher will click on your link. Garbage... no clicks. Inviting... clicks. Logical... no?

    Edit: Each page where Google uses the meta desciption I have text on the page. Other pages where Google uses the page content for the description there is approximately the same amount of content on each page.
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