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Google Has Been Messing Around With The Way It Displays Snippets In Search Results

Google Has Been Messing Around With The Way It Displays Snippets In Search Results

By Chris Crum October 5, 2012

Google has been busy as usual making numerous changes to its search algorithms, and on Thursday, the company posted a big list of 65 changes it made during the months of August and September. 7 of these changes were related …

Do Google Snippets Need Improving?

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Google Patents Snippets

Since there isn’t an official definition of what constitutes a snippet, Google engineers have patented the way the search engine builds snippets for its results.

How To Look Your Best In Search Results
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Mom always said, "Put your best foot forward." It’s valuable advice, because often how you appear on a first meeting sends subtle signals about you and can influence what happens next. We should also be concerned the same way with how we appear, what information is presented about us, in the search results. 

Matt Cutts Discusses Snippets

First impressions are important, and as people, we prove ourselves with handshakes and “hello”s.  In Google’s search results, websites are represented by a paragraph or so of information, and the company’s own Matt Cutts recently took a few minutes to discuss these snippets.

Misspellings: The Fate of the Keywords Meta Tag

Meta Tags were once a major player in SEO. With the advancement of search engine algorithms, meta tags become less and less significant. The description meta tag is still used for your search engine snippets, but the keywords meta tag has been disregarded by all the major search engines.

China’s Brief Block On Yahoo Resolved

Google’s had its problems in China, but for a day or so, it seemed like Yahoo had been knocked out of the running entirely – the main site was inaccessible from within that country.  The block has now been removed.

Google Allowing Misrepresented Result Snippets

I’ve asked Google if it’s a "sneaky redirect" per their webmaster guidelines to send some users to a registration page that does not contain the words available in the search results page snippet (the words you searched for).

Ramping up for Super Bowl Ads

The Super Bowl is coming. It’s in Miami. It’s a big event … for advertisers. And, well, while the costs are high – to the tune of $2.6M for 30 seconds – the build up and after-game buzz can help make or break an ad.

Book Search Praised From Lions Den

Google’s Book Search project got major kudos from University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman speaking from within “the lion’s den” also known as the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The AAP launched a lawsuit against Google in October 2005 alleging copyright infringement as a result of the search company’s massive book digitization project.

Google Print Continues Amid Controversy
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Google will resume scanning in-copyright works today at partner libraries as part of its Google Print for Libraries program. The project was temporarily suspended after author and publisher outrage over potential copyright infringement so the search company could negotiate the terms.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX Snippet: Create It and Use It!

The Macromedia Dreamweaver MX have these powerful new addition to its toolset – introducing, Snippets!

Music For Better Decision-Making

In its January issue, Wired magazine reports on a new technology that transforms stock market data into music-based sound to communicate meaning …