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Meta descriptions, (and titles in some cases) not appearing in Google
darkyl




msg:4306167
 11:15 pm on Apr 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

I noticed a sudden drop in traffic for one of my sites: while it still ranks as before it looks Google is not showing meta descriptions (and cache links) anymore for several pages. In some cases it doesn't also show the title and replaces it with the url.

I checked and everything seems fine with the code.
Any idea on what the problem might be?

 

tedster




msg:4306175
 11:57 pm on Apr 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

It may not have anything to do with your site - see this discussion: Google Changing Page Titles & Descriptions [webmasterworld.com]

darkyl




msg:4306290
 10:48 am on Apr 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Unfortunately I've found what happened.
Someone, who somehow gained ftp access without authorization, disallowed the whole site in robots.txt, which I didn't initially check because I was 100% I didn't change.

Anyway Google didn't drop the pages, they're all still ranking very well, but often without cache, title and meta descriptions.

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