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The under-used no snippet meta tag

Getting the description you want



7:38 pm on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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A snippet is a text excerpt from the returned result page that has all query terms bolded. The excerpt allows users to see the context in which search terms appear on a web page, before clicking on the result. Users are more likely to click on a search result if it has a corresponding snippet.
If you wish to prevent Google from displaying snippets for your pages, use the following tag:
Note: removing snippets also removes cached pages.

Some people feel that any meta tag other than the title tag and description are a waste of time.
It seems to me that the no snippet tag is very under-rated. The description of your web page is often just as important in getting a surfers interest. So many people decide to let a robot decide what to use for a description on all of their pages. I find that most of the time i would rather decide what the description says for my webpages in the search results, even if it means the page will not be cached.


7:45 pm on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I would agree that the description is important. But I think your assumption that blocking the snippet will cause Google to replace it with the meta description. I don't think that is the case. I think they will just display the listing with no description at all.

Of course, I could be wrong. I haven't paid much attention to it in a very long time. If anyone is using the no snippet tag and getting their meta descriptions displayed instead, I'd love to hear about it.


9:40 pm on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Right <nosnippet> = no description in the search results. At least that's the way it worked the last time I tried it.

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