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I Thought Google Doesn't Use Meta Tags?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by festeris101, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. festeris101

    festeris101 Regular Member

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    So a site I built months ago is finally getting some big G action and I was checking some of the data. For at least two searches, the text beneath the hyperlink on the results page, is directly from my meta tags and NOT from the first few lines of text in the article?

    I was told many times that "G" doesn't acknowledge these tags, in fact I only put them in because I guess some engines do use them. Any of you guys notice similar things?
     
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    alexglo Junior Member

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    I'm pretty sure Google uses meta tags all the time, just not the keywords meta tag.
     
  3. henrikas

    henrikas Regular Member

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    That's meta description, u can learn more about it at:
    Code:
    seomoz.org/learn-seo/meta-description
     
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  4. festeris101

    festeris101 Regular Member

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    Oh, I get it. They use it like any other engine but it doesn't have any ranking impact.
     
  5. henrikas

    henrikas Regular Member

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    Meta description if well written helps you to attract more clicks (CTR) in the serp (search engine results page).
     
  6. rmv001

    rmv001 Junior Member

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    Meta description has a large impact on SERPs.
    There is one and only one rule to rank your sites higher on google:
    "NEVER BELIEVE WHAT MATT CUTTS SAYS IN THOSE USELESS VIDEOS"
     
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  7. festeris101

    festeris101 Regular Member

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    Amen to that! ;)
     
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    Oukast Senior Member

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    He's never claimed that Google doesn't use meta tags - just that they don't use keyword meta tag anymore due to keyword stuffing. Meta tags in general are widely used (e.g., description, author, content type, etc.), and should be used, as stated above.
     
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    rasmusk Senior Member

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    I wanna negrep you for saying something which is not true(but I can't). You're misleading people. No Meta Description don't have any impact on SERPs at all. The only impact it has, is on the CTR%.
     
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  10. rmv001

    rmv001 Junior Member

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    Take a chill buddy.. Why so much hate. I am not selling anything here so what will I get by misleading people.
    I have some articles ranking good just because of meta description. So I shared my experience here.
    Now if you say that meta description does not has any impact on SERPs then it may be right on your part. And I respect that.
     
  11. festeris101

    festeris101 Regular Member

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    I'm sure not everyone is going to have the same results and that is why I love this forum. So many members sharing their unique experiences and insights.

    Thanks to all who took time to share...
     
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    In some cases meta description has a huge impact in serps as well.
     
  13. makemecash

    makemecash Regular Member

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    Meta tags and keywords are key within google rankings. While they say "it's no longer used", it is. The only real reason why Matt Cunts says it's no longer valid is because of keyword stuffing. However, anyone that uses adwords substantially knows that meta description and meta keywords are crucial in getting a high Quality Score.
     
  14. rasmusk

    rasmusk Senior Member

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    Tihi not even gonna bother. I will setup a case study the next few weeks just because of you guys. <3 No hate from my pov, but I'm sure youre totally wrong in this matter!

    I will try to make it as objective as possible. I PM you when case study is up and running. I'm confident META Description have no impact on SERPs at all.

    Though some gonna me angry at me for saying this..... :p But it really don't, other than CTR%. And quality score haven't really nothing to do with organic results.


    @MAKEMECASH ARE YOU TROLLING ME??????

    Tell me or not, and I will make a case study just for you
     
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  15. festeris101

    festeris101 Regular Member

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    If you do this I would appreciate to hear the results. Especially where I kind of put quick, lame-ass meta in. If it really is going to matter a lot, I will go back in and edit all my pages with better descriptions. I probably should've done it in the first place anyway.
     
  16. Techxan

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    People get confused because Matt Cutts has essentially said that the meta kw and desc tags are ignored, or rather these tags do not influence ranking anymore.

    Technically, this appears to be a true statement.

    (If you are going to be in this business, you must pay attention to nuance.)

    He did not say "The information contained in the keyword tags and the description is ignored."

    These are two very different statements.

    Remember that the keywords tag, and the description used to be given extra influence vs the terms that did not appear in the tags somewhere else on the page.

    Now, if the TAGS are ignored (in the ranking algo), the content will still get read, but since the tag is ignored, the contents do not have any extra influence on the page like the title and heading tags still do currently.

    All it means is that the ranking algo does not see the tags on the page.

    The contents count as page content, and affect keyword density, but they do not have extra influence in the algo any more.
     
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  17. seojessica

    seojessica Newbie

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    silliest thing I've heard in a while.
     
  18. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    Really?

    Why do you suffer if the keyword tag is stuffed if the contents are ignored?

    Why does stuffing the keywords in the description hurt you.

    And above all, why does your page ranking improve when you fix this?

    Could it be that when you fix it, the keyword density falls, making the page more correctly focused on its subject, and the penalty for keyword stuffing the page falls away.

    Or is there some other mystic thing that happens at the exact time anyone fixes this problem?

    What experience have you had in this matter?

    Please pontificate on why it is not so.

    I am looking forward to your reply.
     
  19. browsejobs

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    Home Page:
    Google Index complete you post not only meta description
    so you have use h2,h3,h4 and Bold and Italic
    at that time your website get more searches on top
     
  20. onlinealways

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    Meta tags in general are widely used description, author, content type, etc and should be used, as stated above.