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Description From DMOZ Being Used
Why DMOZ?
webdude




msg:758422
 12:25 pm on Apr 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

In the past month, one of my sites, which used to display the description that was in the meta description tag, now displays the description which is used in DMOZ. Unfortunately, the DMOZ description was edited radically to be just a few words that really doesn't describe the site very well.

Another wierd part to this is that on some key phrases that are searched, the meta description from the site is being used, on other key phrases being searched, the description from DMOZ is being used.

Anybody know what's up with this? None of my other sites have ever pulled the description from DMOZ like this site does. I think it might be Google Directory related.

Thanks

 

webdude




msg:758423
 2:15 pm on Apr 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Bumping this because it took a while to get it approved...

victor




msg:758424
 2:36 pm on Apr 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Discussed previously here:
[webmasterworld.com...]
Though perhaps not completely explained in all cases

trillianjedi




msg:758425
 2:41 pm on Apr 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

Another wierd part to this is that on some key phrases that are searched, the meta description from the site is being used, on other key phrases being searched, the description from DMOZ is being used.

You're probably hitting more than one datacentre. Not all datacentres are in alignment, and have't been since allegra.

TJ

webdude




msg:758426
 8:49 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Victor,

I checked that thread and really there is no answer to this. I am wondering if this has anything to do with another thread I started about truncated URLs. This all seemed to happen at the same time. That thread is...
[webmasterworld.com...]

It's a pity because the description that a DMOZ volunteer wrote on my behalf doesn't even come close to what the site is all about. Nor does it include any of my keywords.

ie

DMOZ description...
Forum and search engine related to widgets in (my state).

oops... maybe one keyword -- widgets

Well, there is a forum and a search engine, but there is also articles written from pros in the field who are members, news releases, an image database with hundreds of images about widgets (contributed by users), stories contributed by users, a free want ad section for users, downloadable pdfs related to widgets, specialized directory all related to widgets and the manufacturing of widget goods and accessories, several databases that search specific dealers and distributors, etc etc.

ALL unique and "open to the public" content with several thousand users. Also it is a non-profit site that sells no goods or services - strictly a labor of love :-)

Sounds like an authority site doesn't it?

So how come do I end up with a description like...

Forum and search engine related to widgets in (my state).

Hmmm...

larryhatch




msg:758427
 9:14 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google uses the DMOZ description for my main entry index page.
I don't know why, but can't complain. -Larry

scottyman




msg:758428
 11:00 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have been seeing this off and on for the last month only when you search using a keyword that is in your DMOZ description - usually company name.

treeline




msg:758429
 11:33 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

So how come do I end up with a description like...

Forum and search engine related to widgets in (my state).

Because that sounds a lot better than:

articles written from pros in the field who are members, news releases, an image database with hundreds of images about widgets (contributed by users), stories contributed by users, a free want ad section for users, downloadable pdfs related to widgets, specialized directory all related to widgets and the manufacturing of widget goods and accessories, several databases that search specific dealers and distributors, etc etc.

From a usability point of view for real humans, the DMOZ description is pretty accurate portrayal of what is there. People who click on the link will find just what they expected. The fact that it isn't as helpful at keyword stuffing as you'd hoped is what makes DMOZ so useful in the areas it is.

How other people perceive your site is probably far different than how you want them to. Ask several complete strangers to write a short, concise description of your site and they won't highlight all the things you want, unless they understand neither short nor concise.

Try it: write & post a short concise description of Yahoo.com and lets see how it compares to yours, and if you want to include everything the site has.

webdude




msg:758430
 11:43 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

My description is already short and to the point.

ie

My Description...

(my state) widgets at (my company) offers widgetpeople a forum, chat room and contributor's images of widgets.

Doesn't seem to be too much of a description to me.

In fact, the search engine which is mentioned in DMOZ is just a very small part of the site and is buried somewhat. It also is not the main focus of the site.

I am not loading the description at all.

There has been some debate on other Google forums that the length may be a problem. Maybe my decsription is not long enough. Some are saying that short descriptions are being replaced with the DMOZ description.

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