That seems to be a good news since now we can tell Googlebot our version of our website description
11:04 pm on Jul 14, 2006 (gmt 0)
I have the same question about the title. Will this tag make them not use it? Or is this only for the description. I'll be happy if they stop using the description but I'll be much happier if they stop using the ODP title as well. It's barely relevant to what my site now offers 5 years after it was added and trying to get it changed is like beating your head against a wall.
I looked on the msnsearch forum section about this tag and saw no followup on that question has anyone been using it for awhile for msn and know whether it stops them from using the title as well?
ODP = Open directory project, also sometimes called DMOZ.
I read on another forum that they had confirmation that it will also remove the ODP title tag.
1:53 am on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)
I tried for 5 years to get dmoz to change my site description after my business model changed.
8:31 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)
Kudos to the Sitemaps googlers for making such vital option available for publishers.
Personaly, my main site homepage started to show recently on all DCs the ONE WORD title which a "kind" DMOZ editor has chosen from the 5 words of my actual title (which has been there for years).
Returning back home from a short vacation, today I have just added to my homepage:
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOODP">
With both Googlebot and Google Adsense visiting my site daily at present, it would be very interesting to see whether changes will happen as fast as MC mentioned in his recent post. [mattcutts.com]
11:22 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)
I have a sitemap already on my site - Is it necessary to have a google site-map too?
What happens if I am constantly adding new content, right now, I add the new pages to the site map on my site
is that enough or what?
12:14 am on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)
If you are indexed, then there is no need for any additional work.
An HTML sitemap made for your visitors and for bots will be just fine.
5:54 am on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)
Thank u, Steve:) I hope it'll work
10:04 am on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)
This means that thousands upon thousands of sites will revert to spammy keyword-stuffed titles and descriptions, allowing the good sites to stand out from the crowd. :)
And in the 0.01% of cases where the ODP information was outdated or misleading, sites can correct it. ;)
12:38 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)
I've implemented this for MSN some time ago and our rankings went in the tanker afterwards. Careful how/when you use this.
12:43 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)
That's interesting - do you think the whole ODP connection is discounted? No 'link benefit' at all?
Would the tag be the same as removal from the directory?
4:56 am on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)
That's great news to me too. My site has two ODP listing, but one of them which should have the URL for a specific page has my homepage's URL. It's gotten to be quite a mess. I hope the tag works.
6:07 am on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)
marketingmagic, I'll bet it was just a coincidence of timing and you tanked for other reasons than implementing the noodp tag.
8:31 am on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)
My page title and description have finally changed in Google and are much more appropriate now. However, the change didn't influence ranking for the important keyword and is exactly same as with the old ODP title and description. So I still have to wait and hope my site's listing in ODP will be changed one day, since the important keyword is not in the title yet and the site doesn't rank so well for it.