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Friday, July 14, 2006

Tags stop Serps results showing ODP descriptions

There has been some furore where a search engine will show not a website's description but the description that appears on the ODP listing within its search results.
But Google are now following MSN and will recognise the following tags which will stop this happening and allow your own, I'm sure more apt descriptions, to shine through in the serps.

To direct all search engines that support the meta tag not to use ODP information for the page's description, use the following:
meta content="NOODP" name="ROBOTS"

To direct Google specifically from using this information to describe a page, use the following:
meta content="NOODP" name="GOOGLEBOT"

Note that not all search engines may support this meta tag, so check with each for more information.

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