|search engine question|
Not sure if this is the correct place for this post but here goes, i just typed in my site name into google to see if it would come up and it did, however that was all, the bit underneath that normally carries a small descripting was missing, so there was a page with other sites and there descriptions no problem get to mine and it was just my name, in the bit that would normally have a description was a link titled Similar pages, I have meta tags on all my pages with content and description, can anyone shed any light on this.
Google uses snippets from a webpage as the description instead of the description meta tag. So, if you type in "widgets" the description shown in google will be a few words before through the few words after the word searched for.
The other is that there is no real text on your page. Flash sites and all image sites can be susptible to this in that their "text" is actually images.
Now, if the listing displayed was just a URL and not your page title, that means that thepage has been recognized as existing by Google, but just has not been properly indexed yet.
If you haven't done so already, try
validating your page(s) on W3C:
One misplaced character can prevent Google
etc. from seeing your whole page.
Best - Larry
I may well have found the problem, I had not declared the doc type before the opening html tag, so have now replaced it with this
<?php echo "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"iso-8859-1\"?".">";?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
This was the major thing is failed the vaidator on aswell as a few other smaller details, whill watch and wait to see if the spiders start to work.
Just be aware that anything before the doctype will throw IE6 into quirks mode, in essence making the doctype declaration moot.
I have now started the doc with
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
However a search on yahoo shows a description but not on google,
Thanks for all advice to date.