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    Angry Meta Tags problems - help pls
    Hi,

    We just launched our new website and we are making changes to it.

    Somehow, google is not picking up the right meta description tag.

    Let's call it Indended meta vs displayed meta
    We have it as
    Intended -
    Title: [Site name] - etc
    Description: [xyz name]

    Crawled and displayed by google:
    Title: [Site name] - etc (showing up OK)
    Desc: "cataloged by brand and performance type, graded." (Huh???)

    Why isn't it pulling the intended meta? I verified the source code and the meta title, description is in the right place.

    Help please.

    Only thing I can think of is a Java script that is overriding that. Link to Google URL

    http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...=lostgolfballs

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    That is your dmoz description.

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    You can get rid of these:
    <meta name="title" content="Lostgolfballs.com - Discount Used Golf Balls and Equipments"/>
    <meta name="abstract" content=""/>
    The first just repeats your <title> tag and the second means nothing.

    You also have four other superfluous (at least IMHO) meta tags: distribution, rating, language and revisit. These are either assumed by your IP, or derived from your content - except for "revisit," which will be done whenever the SE feels like it.

    Here is your Open Directory listing:
    Lost Golf Balls - Recycled golf balls in various grades. Choose from all of the top brands like: Titleist, Precept, Maxfli, and Slazenger - Houston, Texas.
    -- http://www.lostgolfballs.com/ Regional: North America: United States: Texas: Localities: H: Houston: Recreation and Sports: Golf (1)
    According to Arvhive-dot-org, some earlier iterations (3 samples in 2006) of the LGB site has no meta-description tag. It may have been then that some search engines picked up something from the early narrative on the page. But it is strange that sites prior to 2006 did have that particular meta tag.
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    delete ooops dupe post

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    That was not the one I found. There must be more than one dmoz listing and probably they took this one:

    http://www.dmoz.org/Shopping/Sports/Golf/Balls/
    LostGolfBalls - Offers used cataloged by brand and performance type, graded.

    The only time I have seen G use my dmoz description (long time ago) is when their datacenters are busy with some kind of update. Then once the update is done it reverts back to my metatag description. Anyone seen anything else?

    If you are not happy with the description and have changed the nature of your services/goods you can try writing to dmoz to have your description amended.

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    Since 2006, you can opt out of the odp description

    <META NAME="googlebot" CONTENT="NOODP">

    Reference:
    http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google...eta-noodp-tag/

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    The javascript in the middle of the metatags should be moved, preferably to a separate .js file but if not then at least out of the metatags. It looks like it causes your formatting to get wrapped. Having a line break before the closing /> characters can mess up the bots. I would use the NOODP metatag as CathyM suggested. Google agrees with what Beachy says too. I'm weeding out a lot of superfluous tags as I update pages. Yahoo does use your "keywords" metatag so you might want to keep that (if accurate) even if google does not use them.

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    Thanks everybody!!! This is the first time I came across Google pulling Dmoz info. I have requested for Dmoz to make changes to the desc.

    For those who replied, if you are already in my SAS program, email me and I will credit $5 to your account for your help! Expires 6/27/08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Ewe
    ......For those who replied, if you are already in my SAS program, email me and I will credit $5 to your account for your help! Expires 6/27/08.
    Glad to post and make suggestions, Eric. I know you would do the same for any of us. Sooooo, I won't be sending you my email - instead I'll hold out for a in Boston.
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