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Implementing NOODP Tag

caused a drop in rankings?

     
7:43 pm on Jun 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I implemented this tag about a week ago and since then have noticed an immediate drop in rankings for my 3 biggest 2 word phrases. No other homepage changes were made... coincidence?

Conversely since implementing it, Google is now using the title and meta description and rankings for the homepage have come back strong.

2:36 pm on July 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've also experienced this after implementing the no ODP tag.

Have you removed the tag and seen an increase in rankings?

12:37 am on July 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We'd be interested in hearing that too. The NOODP tag should have no effect on your ranking.
2:25 pm on July 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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msndude,

maybe you guys made another exception, after all you did say msn doesn't update on the weekend only 2 weeks before your weekend update :)

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I was wondering IF the tag effects the title as well this post seems to be saying that but I would like some confirmation.

On the question of serps and the ODP title.
At exactly the same time google started using the ODP title for my site it dropped from 4th to 6th for it's primary keyword which amounted to a loss of 300+ hits a day.
I am fairly certain they were directly related because initially some data centers were using my title and others were using ODP and on the ones that used mine I was 4th and the ones using ODP were 6th so yes it does seem to affect ranking.

Also it appears that piconsulting's experience of seeing google using his title and description again would make sense since google announced that they support the tag now yesterday, presumably they implimented it some time ago and simply didn't announce it till then.

12:52 am on July 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'd like to help, but one of my rules is that I won't discuss our competitors here.
2:43 am on July 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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msndude I was just looking for comfirmation regarding MSN and the NOODP tag.

I have gotten confirmation that Google will stop using both the title and description when NOODP is used but I'm not certain about MSN, though I assume that since Google is playing follow the leader that MSN was already doing likewise.

5:28 am on July 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Oh, okay. Yes, it is supposed to disregard all the ODP data for your site -- title and description alike. Let me know if you think it's not working, but remember that it can take up to four weeks to take effect.
10:08 pm on July 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Quick update:

The homepage was cached on 7/11 without the noodp tag.

The SERP shows the contents of the <title> but still has the ODP description.

Rankings are #12 and #26, where they were #1 and #3.

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The tag will only have power on the home page?

If the site has many many pages, how will this tag effect? Just only one page?

 

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