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Google Showing Dmoz Description
Posted 11 January 2006 - 10:28 AM
With a client's site, a search for their name brings their site out at the top of the results page.
However, the description under the link is from DMOZ rather than the meta name description for the site.
This is now out-of-date and a request has been made to change the description, but there is no editor for the category and like all things with DMOZ, it could take a while for any change to happen.
Now for the question! Is there a way to 'convince' Google to show the meta name description instead of the DMOZ description for the site?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 11 January 2006 - 10:51 AM
Posted 11 January 2006 - 11:26 AM
We're going to try and edit the meta name description, and see if we can do anything to convince Google to use it instead. It'll be an interesting exercise if nothing else!
Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:00 PM
It might be that it's only doing it when you search for your site by name. In which case, it would not be any big deal.
Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:42 PM
Unfortunately, they are a well known organisation, and lots of people will be finding the site via this search. The DMOZ description is not only out of date, it also contains a typo! Good work whoever did that...
Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:50 PM
If you haven't already, I would recommend sending a change request to DMOZ and or asking them to remove your site all together. That would at least be better than an erroneous listing.
Just one more reason why there's no reason to waste time with DMOZ.
Posted 12 January 2006 - 08:51 AM
But rather than pointing to the uselessness of DMOZ listings, it seems to be the only thing that gets our sites any Page Rank at all - the site without a DMOZ listing is utterly invisible to Google, and has a Page Rank of 2 despite some careful seo work and a fair number of back links.
Further, I searched Google for phrases that appear in the DMOZ listing for our main site, even though they are not at all optimized on the site itself, and the site comes up in the top 3 Google results for those phrases, as opposed to coming up in the 30's for keywords that are not in the exact phrase order that appear in the DMOZ description.
Is Google reading the DMOZ listing to determine keyword relevance (gasp!)? Do you think we can get DMOZ to drop the listing any quicker than we can get them to change the description (which they refused to do, actually)? What about all those back links that use the DMOZ description with our link - is it worth while to write to them and ask them to change the description for greater keyword relevance?
Posted 12 January 2006 - 09:51 AM
Definitely not. They're not interested in your keywords (as they shoudn't be). DMOZ is only interested in the relevance of your site to their users.
If there's a factual error in your listing that is one thing, but if you don't like the keywords, you'd pretty much be considered a spammer if you asked them to change it.
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