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avoiding meta tag description

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Msg#: 4663871 posted 4:22 pm on Apr 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

I sell sport videos by a website. For any video page I show some pictures and sometime I add some text from customers that send me some reviews.
Website is only in English, but I do not speak English fluently, so while writing a title is not a big problem the description could cause to me some grammar mistakes.

Can I erase the meta tag description from any page of my website?

Will that cause me a lot of ranking problems?



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Msg#: 4663871 posted 4:57 pm on Apr 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

The Meta Description is sometimes used by search engines, to display in the result pages after a search.

Question 1:

Meta tags are optional. You can erase them anytime without breaking your page HTML. Ranking is another issue.

Question 2:

It sounds as if you have no other text on the pages, except from the text that is also on all other pages (web site name, navigation, etc) - and on some pages, reviews.

So, if you erase the last snippet of text, most of your pages will be identical to a search engine. The only difference will be the text of the source URLs of the various images, movies, etc. So, you will be making a site full of duplicate zero content pages - that will be how a typical search engine will see it. Search Engines do not watch your images or videos, they read text.

So, to answer your question 2: Yes, that could very well send your ranking through the floor, as the Search Engine will see you offering a site with page after page of near-identical zero content.


For your particular situation - if I understand it correctly - it will be much better for you to have some text (eg. in the Meta Description) than to have no text at all. Even if grammar is not correct. I would even put the Meta Description on the page as visible text. Each page should be different from the others, by more than the page title alone.

Doing this, you satisfy search engine demands, but you disappoint your users with the bad grammar. So you must choose: Will you hide the bad grammar from your users (better for them), OR will you make the bad grammar even more visible (better for search engines).

Doing good for search engines is not always the same as doing good for users.


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Msg#: 4663871 posted 4:26 am on Apr 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

claus is right,

people see webpages

search engines read html and other code..

you need about 300 words on a page to add some value.. if ypu ever did a search for images you will see some times the names or search values come from the text near the image


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Msg#: 4663871 posted 7:38 am on Apr 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

Thank you. As said, sometime I get reviews from my customers. So 50% of my pages are text empty and 50% are full. But I think I cannot add metatag description, because I am unable to write it. I think Google can get text from the review if the page has the review.

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