joined:July 6, 2007
I run a website which is having strange Google results. For some queries, Google is truncating the meta description and adding its own snippet, so the result looks something like:
20+ items – a truncated meta description (one line) ...
subcat 1 name subcat 1 description ...
subcat 2 name subcat 2 description ...
It is more or less described [insidesearch.blogspot.com
] but it doesn't have the bullets (I think Google stopped doing them some months back as described [webmasterworld.com
Now, I understand how for some sites this could be helpful, but for my particular site it looks terrible. There's hardly any meta description shown, and the "items" it pulls are not very useful to the results. One would think the "items" are products (on an e-commerce site) but in my case, they are actually subcategories.
I would like to have it just not display that snippet so the full meta description can be shown.
The relevant HTML for the portion that its pulling the snippets from looks something like:
<a href="http://www.mysite.com/sub1.html">subcat 1 name</a>
<div class="category-list-description">subcat 1 description</div>
<a href="http://www.mysite.com/sub2.html">subcat 2 name</a>
<div class="category-list-description">subcat 2 description</div>
Does anyone have an idea on how I can get Google to stop doing this? Do I need to format the HTML differently? Are the CSS style names influencing it, or just the structure?