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    Why won't google use my meta description?


    Firstly, I'm new here so hi all! :-)

    Now, I am having a hard time figuring out why google will *not* use my
    meta description in it's results? It just chooses to use the first text it finds on the page
    instead.

    It does this with all my sites.... is there some secret to getting them to use the meta description?
    As the results look stupid with it using the first text on the page.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by cyphix; Apr 8th, 2004 at 11:34 AM.
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    Simple, Google does not use meta tags. So it ignore the meta description for most sites.

    Just make sure the copy at the top of the page makes sense.
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    I thought it was just the KW's they didn't pay any attention to.

    Changing the first text on the site so it will look good in google wouldn't really work
    real well for me unfortunately.
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    you can do funky stuff with CSS positioning if need be. But again, no guarantee.
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    Originally Posted by cyphix
    As the results look stupid with it using the first text on the page.
    google doesnt use the first text on the page.
    it uses the text surrounding the search terms.
    so the text used will differ based on the search query.
    there is no way to control this other than to remove all text from the page....which is not logical.
    Last edited by relaxzoolander; Apr 8th, 2004 at 03:57 PM.
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    Google does use meta description on occasion in the SERPs. Just had it for one page til I changed the tag.
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    i think it uses the meta desc when theres no text available...like a frames page....or when it forgot which database it put the info in.
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    Normally, ones keywords are in the header tags at the top of the page.

    So what follows is the text after in the description. So a description would normally look like header - text following header.

    Best way to enforce it is to build your pages in a clean fashion that follows some standards.

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