StaceyJ - 10:07 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)
But, when the search terms are not in your meta description, then there's a stronger chance that the snippet will NOT be taken from your meta description tag. It's more likely to be from somewhere on the page where the search terms actually DO appear.
And this encourages keyword stuffing, does it not? I write descriptions for visitors, but always have keywords in the back of my mind. Knowing that if your keywords aren't in your meta description it's probably not going to be used as the snippet just encourages one to try harder to cram a few more in there, just to make sure. I sure wish they'd find a way to solve this.