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How do I get the proper abstract?



7:04 pm on Feb 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hey there,

The abstract that describes my company on Google's results page appears to be incorrect -- or at least not what I want. I looked at the code to see where the content was coming from, and it seems Google has sniffed out the only table on the page and claimed that as the main content.

I'm using a lot of CSS on the homepage to my company, and like I said, only 1 table.

My question is, how do I ensure that Google has the proper discriptive text with my Company's link?

Any ideas would be great



11:41 am on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google index randomly within your WebPages and its not possible to say to search engine what exactly it has to display. But yes there is chance of getting the exactly what u want if you place the you info in the very first paragraph of the WebPages

Pradeep SV


1:49 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Really? That's strange because it's been picking up the table as the "first paragraph" for months now. When in actuallity the "first paragraph" is simply an <h1> at the very top of the page inside a <div> tag. Rrrrreally simple -- I don't understand why Google is skipping everything else on the page and heading directly to the table tag.

Furthermore, with more and more savvy designers heading towards a CSS-only design, properly formatted I may add; it's strange that Google would be doing this.

Thanks for the response, and if anyone else has any insight I'd love to hear it.



2:30 am on Feb 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My question is, how do I ensure that Google has the proper discriptive text with my Company's link?

You cannot control what is referred to as the Google Snippet. You can however influence it based on the search query. Snippets are produced on the fly based on the keyword and/or keywords you used for your search query.

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.

That Snippet is going to change each time based on the search. If you want to gain some control over it based on a specific keyword phrase, then look at your title, meta description, <h> and other content areas.


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