Msg#: 27484 posted 5:22 pm on Jan 12, 2005 (gmt 0)
Google does pick up the title tag. In your example, there is none. Presumably this is because it wasn't in the point you were trying to make but, if for some reason, you don't use title tag, you should. The title of the page including a good description should, obviously, be in the title tag, some header and text on the page, as well as, hopefully, some anchor text of inbound links to the page.
You do not need to be in DMOZ to get a description. But the description is usually just a snipet of text from the page usually with search terms bolded. If the page is in DMOZ and you search for that specific URL, you will get the dmoz description. But generally any page, whether or not in DMOZ, found as a result of keyword searching will include the snipet of text containing the keywords.
Msg#: 27484 posted 8:38 am on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)
in the search results the decription is AFAIK only shown when the site is in dmoz.org
I only now noticed the top three results for a particular search each shows their actual meta tag description instead of a snippet. Am I slow or is this new/unusual? (I won't feel bad if I'm slow, just want to know.)
Msg#: 27484 posted 11:46 am on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)
The meta description is sometimes shown as the snippet, depending on whether it contains the terms being searched for, and (apparently) other factors. This has been the case for quite some time. However, it seems to come and go. A couple pages in queries that I follow sometimes appear with their description as their snippet, sometimes with text from the body of the page.