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Google: You Can Say No To ODP

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Some website owners would prefer the snippet accompanying their organic listing in Google search to not come from the Open Directory Project.

Google Sitemaps technical writer Vanessa Fox has returned to the Sitemaps blog with a new post. This time, Fox tackles the issue of text snippets, those little entries that accompany a site’s listing in Google search. The organic listings frequently come from the Open Directory Project (ODP).

Not everyone wants the snippets provided by an ODP editor to be the ones that appear with their websites. Fox has reported that Google now supports this:

All you have to do is add a meta tag to your pages.

To direct all search engines that support the meta tag not to use ODP information for the page’s description, use the following:

<META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOODP”>

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


To specifically limit Google’s crawler, Googlebot, from using the ODP information, use the same tag but change ROBOTS to GOOGLEBOT.

After making the meta tag changes, it may take a while for the snippet changes to begin showing in Google search results. Naturally, using Google Sitemaps helps make the Google crawl process more effective for one’s site.

We’ve reviewed it before, and roughly every couple of months Google makes an update or adds a new feature to the service. It’s free to use, and accessible with a Google account.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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