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    Meta data question (and favicon question)

    Now, I'm not looking to increase the rankings on this site, my question is more simple than that:

    I've entered meta data on my index.html page, but the description still hasn't changed on google (haven't tried other search engines...why bother?). My site has appeared at the top when you search "God Johnson" every time, even before I submitted the site to Google... but the description hasn't changed. It still is just a listing of the images on the index page.

    The description as of now is:
    "welcome to the official God Johnson web page... click here to enter the home page" which is what I named the first image on the page just so It wouldn't show up as "wood,wood,wood,wood..."

    here's my code:
    HTML Code:
    <head>
    <title>God Johnson Official Site</title>
    <LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://evanhauer.net/favicon.ico">
    <LINK REL=stylesheet HREF="splash.css" TYPE="text/css"  id="cssHolder" />
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
    <meta name="keywords" content="Music, band, god, johnson, god johnson, godjohnson, jam, jamband, minneapolis, midwest, minnesota, mn, mpls, minneapolis-based, funk, rock, rock and roll, cabooze, fineline, quest club, jason fladager, jimmy rogers, scot roerick, royce rock, timmy carrow, kevin sinclair">
    <meta name="description" content="The Official God Johnson website: find tourdates, the latest news, setlists & reviews, and much more here. ">
    
    </head>

    SECOND QUESTION:
    My favicon is also documented in the index.html page (as you can see in the above HTML) but doesn't show up until the second page in (main.html) and leads to the icon not being used while bookmarking the site, etc... any tips with that as well?

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    Well...

    I can't help you with the META thing, but you don't have to have the <LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" thing, just in the main directory have the icon named favicon.ico and make sure it is 32x32

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    Google Plays by Different Rules

    Quinn – Google is a fine search engine but plays by some strange rules!

    Google takes the first line of content text and calls that your description and basically ignores your <META description>. Good Ole Yahoo, for sure and I believe the new MSN “SE’s” use your description.

    So, maybe a little different design and layout is in order for Google.

    Regards,

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    some addition

    'favicons' are 16X16. a 'desktop icon' is 32x32. favicons must be 16x16 or else they wont work.

    Answered above: google ignores meta-data tags.
    Write good content, valid & relevant header text, and when using text for hyperlinks, don't use "Click Here". This is meaningless to search engines, spiders and 'bots. If the hyperlink points to, say, clawhammers, the hyperlink should say "Clawhammers". That means something, and anyone doing a search for "clawhammers" might find your site, because your site references this word. That just makes good SEO sence.

    Anyone wishing to create their own favicon, check this out:

    http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/
    Last edited by WebJoel; 03-28-2006 at 07:51 PM.

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    Ive noticed that google takes our meta description title, but pulls the full description from DMOZ which is different from our meta description (which we are working on changing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bytes
    Quinn – Google is a fine search engine but plays by some strange rules!

    Google takes the first line of content text and calls that your description and basically ignores your <META description>. Good Ole Yahoo, for sure and I believe the new MSN “SE’s” use your description.

    So, maybe a little different design and layout is in order for Google.

    Regards,
    No it does not, if you use a description meta tag it uses it.

    But it will not update to the new description untill the page has been crawled again our site gets crawled every other day but some sites only get crawled every few weeks.

    It only uses the content for a description if there is no description tag.

    EDIT

    I take it back after loking at some other sites they also do not have maching meta descriptions with the description showen in Google.

    Just it has always used the text I add to the description for this site.
    http://www.lease-hire.co.uk
    Last edited by johneva; 03-29-2006 at 11:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebJoel
    Anyone wishing to create their own favicon, check this out:

    http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/
    Nice. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johneva
    Just it has always used the text I add to the description for this site.
    http://www.lease-hire.co.uk
    huh...

    well, what's your secret!?!?

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