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Does google respect NOODP meta?

     
6:52 pm on Apr 8, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I've had <meta name=”robots” content=”NOODP” /> on my pages for months and yet just today Google changed my homepage search result description to the one displayed on DMOZ.
7:32 pm on Apr 8, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Officially, Google supports the tag:

[support.google.com...]
9:08 pm on Apr 8, 2015 (gmt 0)

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That's not valid HTML.

Replace ” with ".
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” with "

Just in case your display is too small to see the distinction, it translates to replace curly quotes with straight quotes.

Some examples from the above-cited Google Support message...
To prevent all search engines (that support the meta tag) from using this information for the page's description, use the following:

<meta name="robots" content="NOODP">

To specifically prevent Google from using this information for a page's description, use the following:

<meta name="googlebot" content="NOODP">
1:16 am on May 26, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I have found google is not good at supporting this tag, I suggest:
<meta name="robots" content="NOODP">
<meta name="googlebot" content="NOODP">
<meta name="ffs" content="NOODP">
9:38 am on May 26, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Does google respect NOODP meta?


They certainly used to because I had exactly the same situation a few years back when someone at DMOZ unbeknown to me changed my url from my example.com to my test example.biz site!

As soon as I used the meta it was honoured.
 

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