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When is meta description still relevant?

I received this bit of advice about the meta description tag recently: Meta descriptions are used by Google probably 80% of the time for the snippet. They don’t help with rankings but you should ...
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404 page needs meta description (just to make Google happier)?

I'm fixing some minor things on the 404 page for all my websites. My punctiliousness makes me unable to sleep well unless I get an answer to this question. :) Does a 404 page need a meta description ...
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What's the difference between og description and meta description?

Should we have both for better SEO? Does having og description, override meta name description?
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Does Google use the Meta Description Tag for Description of Page?

When you do a Google search, there is typically a snippet of sample content from the page. I seem to recall that the Meta Tags can influence this choice of descriptive sentences. Is that correct(?) ...
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Should I have og:description and meta description together on every page?

Or will Google not like it if I have two kinds of description tags? I just put up a new blog and it automatically adds the og:description and og:title and I am not sure if that is going to get me ...
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SEO Meta Tags: Is it better to have empty meta content or no tag at all?

Basically, for pages that may not have a description or tags set, is it better to have <meta name="description" content="" /> <meta name="keywords" content="" /> or just skip the tags ...
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Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage

Before we launched our website, we had set up a "coming soon" page and google picked up the title and description from its contents. So the description in the search results said: Coming soon! ...
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After updating the title and meta description, how long until changes take place on Google?

I am using the Yoast plugin to help with the SEO of my site. I just set everything up and am wondering how long it takes for google to update the information. As you can probably tell already the only ...
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Should meta descriptions be unique for each page?

Specifically, I'm wondering about pages that have a purpose that is sort of removed from the main site. For example, a privacy policy page - would you duplicate the description of the main page or is ...
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Meta descriptions for manual

We have a text heavy, high quality and original content online manual for our software: http://www.scirra.com/manual/1/construct-2 I was about to embark on entering meta descriptions for these pages....
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Are HTML encoded symbols allowed in meta description? [duplicate]

I am using HTML-encoded symbols like &mdash; or &amp; inside the meta description field. Will they be displayed properly by Google and other engines or should I correct the text to have only ...
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What is the difference between the description and abstract meta tags?

There are two meta tags that seem very similar: description and abstract. What is the difference between the two?
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Within my HTML meta data, should it be © or &#169;

Within my copyright meta data I have the following <meta name="copyright" content="example.com &#169; Copyright 2011 by Me. All Rights Reserved." /> Is this correct, or should I simply ...
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Should we use name="description" or itemprop="description" in the tag for a meta description?

We try to improve the visibility of our website on Google and we've created meta descriptions for every page. Should we use: meta name="description" content="" OR meta itemprop="description" content=""...
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Google displaying Facebook "SECURITY WARNING" in result description

As of about 10 days ago, Google replaced the meta description in our organic SERP for "scorebig" with the following text: SECURITY WARNING: Please treat the URL above as you would your password and ...
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Why is Google omitting commas from the meta description tag in its search results?

I've recently improved the description meta tag for my website to be more descriptive of the visited webpage. Today I decided to check Google and see if it has begun picking up these changes. It has, ...
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How search engines detect when Javascript is finished execution?

I have single page application, which I would like to add different meta description tag depending on URL. Application does initial data loading from server via fetch (which is needed for description),...
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Meta Description has HTML entities, will Google show the real character or the entity code in SERP?

Will Google's SERP show the ampersand (&) or the ampersand HTML entity &amp; in its snippet? Here is my description meta tag: <meta content="Questions &amp; Answers" name="description"/...
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Meta descriptions for paginated single posts

I'm using the popular Wordpress SEO by Yoast plugin. I can use a wildcard (%%page%%) for the title of paginated posts, so that the title becomes: 1st post page: The Title 2nd post page: The Title - ...
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Grey text pre-pended to my meta description in Google search results

I updated the meta description for a site that I made for a friend of mine a few weeks ago and a Google search is just now reflecting my changes. However, there is a slightly greyed-out prefix to the ...
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Is it bad for SEO to have the same content for meta description and og:description?

I am using ahref.com and they are identifying critical duplicate content issues with my titles and meta descriptions. They say the critical warning is because the content in my meta description and ...
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What is Manifest for Web Application, and do we need it?

Web Application Manifests: Starting in Chrome 39, Manifests let developers wrap metadata about a Web application into a single file, reducing duplication and saving a bit of bandwidth. Adding apps to ...
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Title placement for good SEO?

Where should the <title> tag be placed for best SEO in relevance to <meta name=description content="" /> tag? Does placing it upper the <meta name=description content="" /> or below ...
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Will a home page with minimum text hurt SEO?

I'm in the process of setting up a new website for my web and graphic design business. I'm planning a home page that uses a very minimalist design: It will feature a large H1 title, a simple "...
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How can I add use meta description and meta keyword tags on a multi-lingual website?

Currently I m using <meta name="keywords" lang="en" content="..."/> <meta name="description" lang="en" content="..."/> for meta lang declaration. But my website is multilingual. Now how ...
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<br> in meta-description, ok or not?

I have a dynamically constructed page that automatically pulls specific page content and applies it to the meta description. There are <br> tags that end up in the meta description. Should I ...
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How much more or less value is placed in tailored meta tags?

I just built and released a site for someone. He has an SEO firm working for him. They made a really big stink about the meta tags not being completely customizable on a page by page basis. Yes, the ...
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Duplicate meta description

I am having an issue with one of the websites. Google is reporting that I am having duplicate meta descriptions for few pages. What we did is that we used URL rewrite to rewrite the pages to be more ...
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SEO: Is there a limit to how long titles/descriptions should be?

I am trying to fill up title and meta description for my Tumblr blog. The way I will do that is via the themes. For the title, it isn't too much of an issue, I can just get the title for the post ...
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Can meta description and schema description be the same?

I have been trying to work out what the actual difference between <meta name="description" content=""> and the schema.org item description that I am using itemprop="description" within my ...
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OK to have partly duplicate meta description and title

On my homepage, I am planning on using the following meta description. Premiere American Ninja Warrior website for fans and competitors. Train for ninja warrior, find obstacle blueprints, and info ...
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Duplicate meta title and description displayed in Google Webmaster Tools [duplicate]

In Google Webmaster Tools under Search Appearance --> HTML Improvements it's showing: Duplicate Meta Titles - 166 Duplicate Meta Descriptions - 275 For example: Duplicate title tags Offer prices ...
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Meta Descriptions not working for google search

I have unique meta descriptions on each of my pages, and when I search my site in google it will come up with no description. Any idea what I might have done wrong?
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Using Excerpts as Meta Descriptions?

I have been blogging from the past three years. And one thing that I didn't care about was to add Meta Description for every page. I was, unfortunately, fallen for the "Google doesn't care about Meta ...
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User generated articles, how to do meta description?

If users submit a lot of good quality articles on the site, what is the best way to approach the meta description tag? I see two options: Have a description box and rely on them to fill it sensibly ...
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Can meta description content be exactly the same as the page content?

I have a web site with very limited amount of content on every page (only two sentences), each page represents a product from our 150 products repository. The SEO is very important to me and I don't ...
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Google trimming first few words on mobile

I am seeing a weird problem when searching for our keyword on Google mobile. Instead of trimming the description from end, Google is trimming first four words (it includes Action word) and rest of the ...
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Are meta descriptions important for pages that are not indexed by search engines?

I have read about meta descriptions here on the webmasters forum. Is it necessary or important to have description on pages that are not being index by the search engine? Like for instances, pages in "...
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Spam sites are using snippets of our content for the meta descriptions repeatedly for a whole host of sites

I work for a doctor who has several large information websites on health, diet, breast cancer and lung cancer, to name but a few. The problem is that almost every post on every site has had every ...
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Is leaving meta description tag empty beneficial?

Recently I have been searching for different things in google search engine, bower save flag manage bower cache The first results for these two different queries were same page https://bower....
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Does title and description matter if a page is not to be indexed?

Does a meta-description and a title tag has any significance in a page that is marked to not be indexed (either via a rel=canonical pointing to another URL or noindex)? For example, I have a tutorial ...
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Google ranking category pages too high

I have a shopping site with two kinds of pages: individual product pages and category pages. The category pages contain links to products that fall into a certain category. The problem is that when ...
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Meta Description and Keywords in SharePoint 2013

Should I fill Meta Description only or Meta Description and Keywords in SharePoint 2013 SEO Properties? I heard Google and other search engines don't look at the Keywords anymore. Thank you in ...
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Discrepancy between Google cached meta description and description in search result

I have developed a 1 page website to deal with time zone world clocks. I have noticed that Google has the latest version of the page in its cache, so it has access to the latest meta description. ...
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New META TAGS with positive effects for seo ranking in 2011 and beyond

I'm trying to make an up to date chart of meta tags, for all of us, with their purposes, their use and their good (or bad) effects on search engines and being found. Also any body knows new or ...
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How frequently should I modify my title tags and meta description tags on my web pages?

I am new in this digital marketing industry and learning about SEO best practices, but I am confused about the meta tags that how frequently should I change meta tags of website's pages? Changing ...
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Google rewriting description of Singapore site, how can this be optimized? [closed]

For this page, when searching using this, it appears in the description: Tian Huat Tan, Etienne Andre, Jun Sun, Yang Liu, Jin Song Dong and Manman Chen. Dynamic Synthesis of Local Time ...
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For pages with one painting and no text except the painting name, media used and size, what should the meta description language be written like?

This Web site has approximately 90 watercolor images, with each image/painting on its own page displaying a name, media type and size above it with no other language on the page. Although I have ...
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How to avoid duplicate META and TITLE tag warnings in Google Webmaster Tools for the same URL in lowercase and CamelCase?

looking through Google's Webmaster Tools today I saw a long list of supposedly duplicate <meta name=description> / <title> tag content with all of them showing a duplicate count of 2. A ...
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Updated meta description is not being shown on the Google result page

The following is the updated meta description tag that is present on HTML output. <meta property="og:description" content="Click to see the details of used Diesel Generator - 25 kVA ...
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