Well another problem with google

Scribbller

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So another question about google here I am on page two of sports forum key word, but if you look at the description that is with the link it really doesnt sound like a sports forum at all how do i change the description google picks up.

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Lugh

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What forum software?

In vB3, I'd expect Google to pick up the Title & Description you set in the Admin CP--in the very first menu item with the long list of drop-downs.
 

Scribbller

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I am using IPB 2. The Title is picked up but the description is not.
 

Subhadip

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What Google sees is the code. So, what they pick up as description depends on what Google can pick up from the code first, relevant to the keywords. Of course, the best approach will be to bring an appropriate description as far up as possible. Or, maybe external linking if you have lots of javascripts or related coding. Generic words like 'Members', 'Register' etc. are often taken alongwith the keywords, ahead of the actual description you wanted shown! Again, this is because it appears further up in the coding.

An alternative approach will be not to mention the keyword at all, until the description. Although this can affect your rankings, the compromise may be worthwhile as users won't click on your result anyway with a misleading description.

There are many other ways, if you look around SEO-specific websites.
 

rogerd

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Google usually grabs a keyword-relevant snippet for the description. This is often very relevant to the keyword search (it shows the search words in the context they are used on the page), but of course it can go awry sometimes and pick up your navbar or other unattractive text. A good page title will help click-through.
 
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