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Where did Google get my description?

Where did Google get my description?

     
4:35 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When searching for "office chairs" I come up #10, but the description is not on my site anywhere...are they editorializing the description on the result?

Wierd, any thoughs would be appreciated.

8:59 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Check your meta description tag. Google often takes the "snippet" from there.
9:34 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Have you tried googling Google's description of your site?
9:41 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A wide class of searches these days seems to return the DMOZ / Google Directory description rather than the traditional ransom note.

Search this site for earlier discussions.

11:19 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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By the way, if it's the site I think it is, your meta description needs a little spelling help - unless you're optimizing for misspellings. If so, oops, now everyone can see 'em.
11:45 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A wide class of searches these days seems to return the DMOZ / Google Directory description rather than the traditional ransom note.

Google does this for my site. It's a good thing that the OPD description is pretty good.

7:18 am on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Googleguy mentions the issue here (message 4):
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Even he's "not sure what the exact criteria are for using the meta description instead of a normal snippet"

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Clarification:
scottperry's site wasn't the one I thought. His description came from ODP. No spelling errors. :)
11:08 pm on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A couple of years back there was a snippet AND the ODP description which made much more sense. The ODP descriptions don't always make sense when taken out of the context of the directory category they live in.
 

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