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What's the difference between og description and meta description?

Meta Description = Search Engines, OG Descriptions = Social Platforms Meta Description is used by Search Engines Bots, while the OG (The Open Graph protocol) is used by Social Media Bots, therefore ...
Simon Hayter's user avatar
8 votes

After updating the title and meta description, how long until changes take place on Google?

If you go to Google Search Console website, click on Crawl, the Fetch as Google you can order the page on your website that you are updating to be indexed. From that point, as of the date of this ...
Ricardo Mejias's user avatar
4 votes
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Can meta description content be exactly the same as the page content?

Yes. Although the point of a tag is to make a suggestion to Google as to what you'd like to see on the SERP result description. If you have only 2 lines of content - it's a no brainer for Google and ...
L Martin's user avatar
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After updating the title and meta description, how long until changes take place on Google?

There is no definite answer on how long will google take to reflect your content. But primarily it depends on few important factors like: How often google crawls this page of your site which again ...
abhinsit's user avatar
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4 votes

How frequently should I modify my title tags and meta description tags on my web pages?

When you encounter one of the following: Your content changes rendering the current title incorrect/incomplete You've learned how to phraze it better (e.g. experience, or A/B tests) SEO rules ...
Martijn's user avatar
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Should the name attribute of the meta tag be "description" or "meta-description"?

"meta-description" is a notation that means: meta element with the description name. (I’m using it for example in this answer.) So you don’t use meta-description as name (which would be invalid ...
unor's user avatar
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Will a home page with minimum text hurt SEO?

If your page will not be optimised well with appropriate text then it will not hurt in a bad way. But it may be hard for you to get the desired ranking. So, if you are serious about the ranking then ...
TopQnA's user avatar
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4 votes

Should we use name="description" or itemprop="description" in the tag for a meta description?

The standard format is: <meta name="description" content="What you'd like to appear on a search result"> Be wary that descriptions won't increase your rank. They will have ...
L Martin's user avatar
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4 votes
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How search engines detect when Javascript is finished execution?

They don't detect when JavaScript execution is finished. The halting problem means that it is impossible to know if arbitrary code that you are running will finish or not. The best you can do is run ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
3 votes

Updated meta description is not being shown on the Google result page

Because I cannot yet comment, why in first place aren't you adding <meta name="description" content="your content here" />? og: meta tags are for Facebook Open Graph. That ...
Shreesh Katyayan's user avatar
3 votes
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Can meta description and schema description be the same?

The two are part of two different standards. They shall never meet. For the HTML Description Meta-Tag, that would describe the entire page. For the Itemprop Description, that would apply to only the ...
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Are there any benefits to having unique meta descriptions and meta keywords per article/post/page on blog?

You seem to have a few things going on. I do not know WP so I will not give specific advice in that regard. However, you do not want multiple copies of either meta-tag on any page. Only one will be ...
closetnoc's user avatar
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Google trimming first few words on mobile

Looks like this was because of Google experimenting something. Today when searching with the same keyword Google displays the description as expected, everything shown from beginning and trimming last ...
Kalpesh's user avatar
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Does it matter if my meta description is truncated?

Actually Google own support.google.com doc pages using auto generated meta description. Also the words are not truncated properly. In most of cases Google ignore your meta description when user query ...
Goyllo's user avatar
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Unique meta descriptions for different divisions of a single page website?

You can't. meta descriptions are descriptions of the page, not the site as a whole. So you have to write some general description to cover everything. However, your content is more important.
Rob's user avatar
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Does title and description matter if a page is not to be indexed?

The meta-description will not have significance, but title will show up in the titlebar of the user's browser: But in terms of a Google penalty, it shouldn't be an issue if they aren't indexed. I'd ...
Wolfkin's user avatar
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Including meta descriptions content into the main body copy

Don't worry about it. Sites like this, using meta description in sidebar. Generally Google don't consider it duplicate content, so feel free to use it in your body content. Sites like developer....
Goyllo's user avatar
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Including meta descriptions content into the main body copy

According to Google itself, this is what they have to say about the meta tag description, here. The description attribute within the tag is a good way to provide a concise, human-readable ...
nunorbatista's user avatar
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2 votes

Updated meta description is not being shown on the Google result page

Google algorithm may not show meta title and description based on your written meta tags. Google picks from the page content and creates what best for the user. Having said that, if you optimise your ...
TopQnA's user avatar
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2 votes
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Will Google respect changing the <meta> description with JavaScript?

According to a quick search for "does google search process javascript" this result seems to answer your first question. Is there another way? Yes, use PHP to build your meta tags dynamically, then ...
Steve's user avatar
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2 votes

Spam sites are using snippets of our content for the meta descriptions repeatedly for a whole host of sites

Scraper sites like this won't usually hurt your site's SEO: Google is pretty good about knowing which site should get credit for content. Your site should get indexed and the scraper sites should't....
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
2 votes

Meta description showing other content other than specified in meta tag when inspected

Note that Google may not show exact meta title and description you may have entered. Google generally creates meta title and description based on search query and page content to serve best to the ...
TopQnA's user avatar
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2 votes

What should the meta description on a forum website be?

You have to know what is the difference between not including meta description and writing your own. If you don't include meta description in your code Google and other search engines will take first ...
knif3r's user avatar
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Is it bad for SEO to have the same content for meta description and og:description?

No it is not bad. There are lot's of articles where marketing guys tells about the meta description and SEO, but in reality Google does not use them most of the time. They use them just for snippet, ...
Goyllo's user avatar
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Meta description showing other content other than specified in meta tag when inspected

I checked out your meta description and it doesn't really describe anything, it looks like keyword stuffing to me. And probably to Google as well, so they picked a few lines out of your page they ...
Ivo van der Veeken's user avatar
2 votes

SEO what Meta enables the left display of information in google?

That information isn't being generated by on-page meta tags.That information is coming from Google My Business. You can add your business at: business.google.com Log in to GMB to edit all the ...
Coomie's user avatar
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2 votes

Will a home page with minimum text hurt SEO?

What is your home page for? If it exists for SEO, then you need a different approach. If it exists as a way to show off some work to people who came deliberately to check out your company, SEO may not ...
Ari Davidow's user avatar
2 votes

Why Google does not show complete meta description

Google uses its own algorithm to decide how to display the snippet in their results. If your meta description is being completely or partially ignored, it's likely because Google has determined it isn'...
JCL1178's user avatar
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2 votes

Drop in indexed pages: duplicate meta descriptions

Deindexing of pages on a site can happen for many reasons, so it's hard to specify the exact cause sometimes. Some of my sites had many pages deindexed, while others continue to grow in indexing and ...
Michael d's user avatar
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2 votes
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Grey text pre-pended to my meta description in Google search results

Google not only displays dates like this, but it can also display number of items. I work on an eCommerce site and for our category pages it displays a grey prefix in the serps such as 359 items. ...
Max's user avatar
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