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Google Sites - Page Description - Meta Description Tag & Snippets

posted 27 Jul 2012, 04:31 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 7 May 2014, 01:51 by Unknown user ]

Google Sites - Page Description - Meta Description Tag & Snippets

Google Sites now offers Page Descriptions, so you can write a summary of the page's content and Google Sites uses this for meta tags on the page.  This means when you share or +1 a page via Google+, Like a page via Facebook or when search engines index your site Google Sites will give your Page Description as the snippet text rather than the first piece of text on the page.

Google Sites uses the page description for various pieces of meta data, which includes the Open Graph Protocol (for Facebook Likes), Google-recommended schema.org microdata (for Google+ shares and +1's) and the standard description meta tag (search engines often use the meta description tag for search engine result pages snippets).


Instructions

  1. Sign in to your Google Site

  2. Navigate to the page you want to add the description to

  3. Use the More button then Page settings

  4. Add your description to the Page description box in the Page Settings dialogue box and use the Save button.

That's it, you're done.

Availability

You can get this feature now on stand-alone/consumer/personal Google Sites and Google Apps domains with the Rapid Release track enabled.

Advice

Do not try to fill the page description with meaningless key words, make it a true description/summary of the page's content.  Search engines can easily detect spammy content so they can choose to ignore the page description.  Search engines may even decide to display a snippet that differs from your page description if they feel your page provides better text elsewhere on the page that describes its overall aim.

You can find more advice, from Google, about page descriptions in the video below.

How much time should I spend on meta tags, and which ones matter?

Further Search Engine Optimisation Advice

For more SEO advice see Google Sites SEO Guide.

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Page Description - Page Settings

Google Sites - Page Description - Page Settings


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