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As a relatively new webmaster, I have a question regarding changing the META name="description" content = " ". If I am not mistaken, this determines the title in the top part of a browser when visiting the site. I just changed this for one of my sites (the company name has changed since the web designer first designed the site). But the old name still remains, despite several refreshers and looking at in 2 browsers. Does anyone know why this could be, or what I may have done wrong when changing the code?
Also, how does the description content affect search engines (or is it just the keywords tags)? Thanks...
To change your site title in the browser you have to change the <title> </title> tags to reflect any new changes.
The meta description is *was* used to give the search engines a brief snippet of what was on the page an appetizer used on the SERP's promoting your site. There are a lot of arguments saying that they are no longer used by any of the major search engines anymore (but personally I still have them in place - used or not)
added: The about using Meta description above is also related to the usage of the meta keywords - they were once a haven for spammers and black hat search engine promotion techniques
I *think* that most SE's ignore them, but who knows what the current algorithm used by googlebot yahoobot & msnbot uses. Again I use them and keep them relevant to the page it cannot do any harm - the worst they can do is ignore them.
As long as the meta tags are close to the content you should be OK.
I work on a public service website and as well as the usual meta tags we use the "Dublin Core" meta tags.
But don't worry, as long as it's not a public service website, the standard ones should be fine.