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Nav links replaced description in G's listings

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10:39 pm on Feb 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

When I enter my URL in Google I get the following result.

For example my website is http*//www.xyz.com

http*//www.xyz.com
About Us, Contact Us, Links, Sitemap Copyrights 2007 http*//www.xyz.com All rights reserved.

The above lines took place of the description tag of my home page although there is something different mentioned in the description meta tag.

Please advise how can I get the proper description appearing with my url.

Any help will be highly appreciated.

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Kamil

[edited by: caveman at 10:57 pm (utc) on Feb. 15, 2007]
[edit reason] Delinked links. [/edit]

11:50 pm on Feb 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've also seen instances reported elesewhere on the threads of navigation replacing the meta descriptions.

I'm not sure if it's an error.

We also saw the header text replace the meta descriptions, which is a worry, because we use some of the header text across several sites. My concern is that Google may take this in as a reading towards assessing duplicate content.

Any thoughts out there?

12:26 am on Feb 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm only seeing this on a site: search or a regular search on the domain name - in other words, not on a regular keyword search. Here's my thought -- possibly Google is working on further "ehancements" to the snippet area and looks for a keyword in the search terms to trigger the display of the meta description.
6:10 am on Feb 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't recall where i saw that header snippet, but I'll take more notice the next time it occurs.

That sounds quite plausible with regards to the meta description being overwritten.

Funny how "so called errors" can potentially reveal G's intentions.

6:22 am on Feb 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It seems to me that when a word in the search phrase isn't in the meta description Google looks for it elsewhere on the page and puts that into the snippet.
1:56 pm on Feb 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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*..navigation replacing the meta descriptions.*

There seems to be design trait of (mis)using H1 tags, site I looked at recently was using a generic description, and G chose to show the stuff within the H1 tag instead...

4:04 pm on Feb 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Do those results show when you search for a genuine keyword, or when you search for your site name alone?
9:46 pm on Feb 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

The result shows when I see the site by typing the URL

like http*//www.xyz.com.

No keyword is still working even the site is optimized and all the content is original but the site is only 1 month old.

Please tell me how much time Google will take to show up the site with the optimized keywords and secondly, please also clear the reason of my first problem it's still unclear to me.

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Kamil

2:49 am on Feb 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google does take time to extend trust to a new site and list them in regular search results - but it is not a fixed amount of time, so there's no simple answer to the question "how long". They are looking for various signs of quality and trust, epecially the natural growth of links from other quality and trusted sites.

When your site shows up in regular search term results, the description section should be different than what you are now seeing, because the algorithm has specific input to work with in such a search query. The description area is not the same every time a url from your site appears in the results. It can change with different searches.