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Hubpages executives might as well be deaf, dumb, and blind!

  1. djdaniel150 profile image59
    djdaniel150posted 4 years ago

    Good job hubpages! Tell all your authors to write 3 sentence summaries about their hubs. Then use these summaries for meta descriptions in the actual webpages. Stupid. I bet hubpages has millions of pages with meta descriptions that clearly violate search engine guidelines. Bing won't even index a page that has a 3 sentence meta description. This would be considered an SEO violation by all major search engines in fact. They are literally causing themselves to be penalized thousands of times a day by every search engine in existence. I think its obvious at this point that hubpages executives don't have a clue as to what they are doing at all. They also remove virtually any backlinks that authors here create that point to related articles on the internet. Stupid is as stupid does. Better yet, lets add "nofollow" tags to every single post! Again, stupid.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      So I guess you won't be writing here anymore. My summaries are usually just 2 sentences, I figured that out by myself. I don't expect Hubpages to do my thinking for me.

      1. AlexK2009 profile image88
        AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I do not expect them to do my thinking for me but when they give tips I assume there is a  good reason behind them or they are evidence based.

        If they are just giving tips based on "this seems sensible"  any good tips they give are going to be ignored.

        1. profile image0
          jenuboukaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          @ Univited writer, I have a "real" question, the two sentence summary thing that is under the right side right?  Where you just write a "summary" of the article, primarily using some anchor text?  And just two sentences are okay and not deem your article as spammy?  I am trying to update my hubs and create new content here, so your feedback would be awesome to this question.  OR anyone else that reads the thread, what is the best solution.  Sorry to get off track of being negative and complain, just really trying to give all the changes here a shot and just go for it.  Thanks!!

          1. That Grrl profile image79
            That Grrlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I like to keep the summary short enough that it doesn't get cut off when you see it appear on your HP profile. Did you notice the text describing your post there is whatever you wrote in the summary?

            I tend to write the summary once the post itself is just about done. It's always one of the last things I do. That way I know what I have written, how it turned out and what was included or excluded.

            Once I write the summary I usually paste it in as the first intro sentence for my post as well. The odd time I find just the right sentence (or 2) in my post and use that as the summary. But, far more likely I make the summary my introduction to the post.

            I don't think about adding heavy keywords because they will already be there if I am doing the job of writing the summary/ introduction well.

      2. psycheskinner profile image80
        psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        He is talking about the summary being used as meta-data.  If they are doing that, they really shouldn't IMHO.

      3. djdaniel150 profile image59
        djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Actually Uninvited, I am not here to monetize, I have my own websites, and my content is protected by my good diligence! I have nothing to fear from this sites policies as I write here, but not looking to make money here. Nothing this site does affects me at all. I am more concerned as to how their policies affect you guys, not myself!

    2. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      HP are now saying summaries should be less than 160 characters but they give you a limit of 500 characters. NOW they tell me. I only saw that tip a little while ago.  How much effort would it take to reduce that limit.

      While no one in management can get everything right,  I notice my traffic has suddenly plunged for no reason, even though I am doing what used to be right and it has beeb observed that  individual traffic seems to mirror HP's overall traffic.  Very odd

      1. Brie Hoffman profile image80
        Brie Hoffmanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        My traffic fell to half of what it was in the past 24 hours..ugh!!!

        1. Abby Attwood profile image61
          Abby Attwoodposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I noticed a big change in Google search results between Monday night and Tuesday night. I expect a lot of people to be hit hard by this.

        2. Mighty Mom profile image91
          Mighty Momposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Mine, too.
          Almost all of my remaining (not idled) hubs have falling traffic blue arrows on them.
          It's a bit depressing.
          But hopefully will not be permanent.

      2. profile image0
        jenuboukaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        As I just finished writing my question.....So is there a penalty or limit of using some of the keywords in the summary of only 160 characters not words..  Ugh, it seems to be getting more complicated.....

      3. djdaniel150 profile image59
        djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Correct, summaries should be 160 characters or less as defined by the search engines, not hubpages! Then hubpages states 2 to 3 sentences? How does that equate to 160 characters, when search engines generally view spaces between letters as a character. When search engines state 160 characters, they are stating 160 characters in length total. Google will give some head room here and willnot penalize for going over this amount just a little, but bing will automatically flag the article and remove it from their search results.

    3. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I wonder if it is fair to say HP executives are idealist who think good writing will make money no matter what.

      Personally if a Hub consistently makes loads of money and gets loads of traffic it is a good hub. Even if the grammar and spelling are poor and the layout confusing.

      1. David 470 profile image85
        David 470posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Haha, from a financial perspective, a hub is successful if it gets traffic and money. But having decent grammar etc is still good to have. Obviously if someone has their spelling too bad they will not even get much traffic.

    4. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The crash in my traffic seems to be a drop in the number of visitors from Google.  This may well be because of the no-index and no-follow policy which, as pointed out, appears totally cretinous.

      Most of my traffic is now coming from HP and other search engines, as far as I can tell. 

      The same hting happened to Triond recently but traffic there seems to be recovering, though not earnings.

      I have earmarked the weekend for  putting some articles on a private site. This has gone on long enough.  Time for HP execs to stop the headless chicken act and start thinking.

    5. donotfear profile image90
      donotfearposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      So hit the road................
      don't let the door hit ya in the arse on the way out.

      1. AlexK2009 profile image88
        AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I did not say I was leaving, just scaling back my efforts for now.  I have no desire to find myself flogging a dead horse

    6. formosangirl profile image83
      formosangirlposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Djdaniel150, thanks for your tip. If I even write a description, it's short because I am too lazy to summarize my hub. Maybe this is a good exercise for this morning. I will do anything to improve my traffic.

  2. Nursey profile image61
    Nurseyposted 4 years ago

    I couldn't write more than two sentences anyways.

  3. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 4 years ago

    There is almost know validity to this conversation. Meta -descriptions and how they interact with search indexing, placement and presentation is very well documented subject.

    It doesn't match up with what is said here.

    The no-follow strategy is pure lunacy though, stupid is a mean word

    1. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Please be more specific.  I would like to know more especially how the reality does not match what is stated here.

      The recent  traffic crashes on HP are making me wonder  how much of my writing to leave here and what to  move elsewhere.

      There is also the question of how long HP can survive. I think they will as they have a lot of traffic, unless people start leaving in droves.

    2. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, the no follow strategy seems strange, especially as someone noted that once a page has a no-index tab search engines ignore it for ever even if the tag is removed.

    3. djdaniel150 profile image59
      djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Then your <personal attack snipped>! Its not my opinion, I am college educated and have been doing this for 7 years! I am not writer moron, I am an IT specialist! So bite me!

      1. Shadesbreath profile image89
        Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Sunforged doesn't have to point to a diploma, he can point to his long-ass track record. The guy has been owning SEO face and website earnings for years and those of us who have been around for years paying attention to this "idiot" have learned insane amounts from him, which has helped us earn too.

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          +1  I have more "sunforged" hubs bookmarked than the rest of HP put together.

        2. WryLilt profile image86
          WryLiltposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Agree.

      2. paradigmsearch profile image85
        paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You need to put a comma between writer and moron; otherwise; oh, my! big_smile

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Needs an apostrophe in "your" too, and an "a" before writer.  Wonder what college it was...

          1. paradigmsearch profile image85
            paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            In all fairness, forum posts are given slack.

            I'm still an observer at this point. big_smile

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Sure you are, paradigm, sure you are!  lol

            2. MelissaBarrett profile image60
              MelissaBarrettposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Except in situations in which they are attacking the intelligence of another poster...Skitt’s Law.

          2. gmwilliams profile image82
            gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            +1

      3. aa lite profile image92
        aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        djdaniel, I have asked you on another thread to link to a page where Google, or somebody else who writes more about SEO, state that long summaries are penalised, and I notice that you did not bother to reply.

        Writing long summaries is not very useful, because they are truncated in the SERPs, but that is very different from incurring an actual penalty.  I have read many things from Google about what they consider "good quality content", listened to Matt Cutt's youtube stuff, follow sites such as searchengineland etc. and I've never come across the idea that long summaries cause a penalty to the site.

        I hope you will not be upset that I just don't automatically accept what you say, what with your extensive IT expertise and college degree (v. impressive mate! good for you).  Still if what you say is true, it must be very easy to point to somewhere that other people mention this SEO factoid.  I could easily link to pages saying buying links is bad, keyword stuffing is bad etc. Similarly it should be easy for you to link to somewhere that says "long summaries will be penalised". 

        Or is it a top secret that only a few chosen SEO gurus are allowed to know?

        1. SimeyC profile image88
          SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          +1 Totally agree - if this is SEO fact, then all the other SEO experts on the web should be saying the same thing.

        2. djdaniel150 profile image59
          djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Hey aa lite! Sorry I haven't had the chance to respond. Yes Google will truncate long title tags, meta descriptions, etc. And, no they will not penalize you for having one meta description tag that is too long. But tens of thousands of pages with too long of meta tags (such as with a larger domain like hubpages) presents a serious problem. Bing on the other hand is a lot more picky about meta tags and titles being too long. They will instantly send you a warning in your Bing webmaster tools account that they are not happy with it and ask you to change it. You would like a link to more content that covers what we have discussed? Go to my website, the link is in my profile. There is a section that contains several articles concerning search engine optimization on there. In fact, I created an entire dedicated section for SEO just yesterday. Just click on editorials from the main page. I am working to get more up soon. I'm not expecting anyone to automatically believe what everyone else tells them, including myself. Its best to attempt to try and learn for yourself, rather than claim someone doesn't know what they are talking about. As for sunforge, everybody is claiming he's a web guru? Well, I checked out his site, he didn't build anything. He used a "cookie cutter" template in word press. He simply cut and pasted text and images, nothing more. I designed pctechauthority in windows notepad! I'm not kidding either. I know how to code and don't need a program to do it for me. As for Who else points to my facts? Google themselves. The search engines are the ones who make the rules, not me. I am simply reiterating what they have already stated. Feel free to check out the guides on Google's webmaster central, the info is there. A lot of it too! I doubt anyone will ever read it all, but it is there, and it is good info. As far as SEO specialists go, I'm yet to meet one who actually knows what they are talking about. search engine optimization? Think about it? What does this refer too, and what are you optimizing? The answer, your code and your content! Search engines index HTML and CSS, they haven't a care in the world for all those scripts, but they will try to read them the best they can. The problem is, there is no standard programming language when it comes to the web. Javascript is proprietary, while HTML and CSS are actual standards as defined by the W3C. We have standards for a reason. If every appliance in your home had a different type of plug, and none of them used the same or similar voltage or current ratings, your entire house would be on fire, and all your appliances would be ruined. Oh, and the secret to SEO? Knowledge, and nothing more. Ignorance is not a virtue! Too many claim to be SEO experts, but they don't even know how to build a simple webpage. Too bad, because the internet consists of mainly HTML and CSS, Including the page you are viewing right now, and any and every page ever created. The real issue with so called SEO specialists, almost none of them seem to understand how the internet and search engines actually work. If you don't know web design, you aren't optimizing anything on the internet, plain and simple. How can someone be an expert about something they know nothing about? I think this is the real question that should be answered. As for me, if you don't want to believe what I say, that's fine too. However, if I didn't know what I was doing, then why are you guys all relying on hubpages for revenue, when I am not. I don't have to follow anyone's guidelines on my websites, I also don't have to share revenue with hubpages. Why? Because I can build a site myself, and don't have to rely on anyone for anything. This is the power of education, and it's very real. Learning it all ain't easy either. I spent 35,000 hours doing this stuff, not including the time I spent in college, and honestly, I did it because I enjoy it, otherwise I'd be banging my head against the wall. As for everyone attacking me? This makes no sense. Why not do the research yourself before you jump and try to discredit what others state. I think the argument I just gave you is not only reasonable, but logical, and so is information technology as a whole. It's all what you make of it. Like anything else, if you don't how a car works, then don't bother trying to tell the mechanic how how to repair your car either. You may not like what the mechanic has to say, but he knows his job better than you do. Do you people go to the doctor, and tell the doctor how to treat you? Makes no sense to me. Maybe I shouldn't bother giving any advice on here anymore. Make sure the next time you guys go to the doctor because you're sick that you tell the doctor you know more than he does. Ridiculous. Anyway, my advice to people who don't understand how it all works, don't hire an SEO specialist who cannot show examples of their work, and make sure they know how to design a website, if they can't, "Don't hire them!" I'm so glad I can write tutorials and save people money so they don't have to pay. It's a shame that people don't value my hard work or help. No one is perfect, and no one knows everything, but people who claim to "know it all" like sunforge, have nothing to back up their knowledge, other than a word press template where they click a button and add an image, so the program does it all for them. What happened to the web designer? They are a dying breed. Everyone is too lazy to learn. I can't believe we are still discussing this thread, and I think it's due time for a new one. I won't be responding back to this discussion, thanks to those who appreciate me for my help, and for those who don't appreciate it, remember to tell the doctor how to do his job because you know it better, and be sure to use a CMS program to build your websites for you, and then claim to be an SEO  and webdesign specialist.

          1. aa lite profile image92
            aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            OMG! I just wanted a link, not an essay! Sorry don't have the time to read this.

            1. psycheskinner profile image80
              psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Way to look the gift horse in the mouth. If you plan to ignore someone's advice, at least be polite enough not to tell them about it.

    4. aa lite profile image92
      aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Do you mean 'no-index' rather than 'no-follow', as I understand it links in pages by hubbers with score <75 are no follow to discourage spammers hubbing purely for backlinks.  I don't think this is such a bad idea, although it probably doesn't work that well in terms of discouraging spam.

      I think the no-indexing of pending hubs, and good hubs with low traffic is pretty bad, although I think the removal of obvious 'low quality' is a good idea.

      1. AlexK2009 profile image88
        AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I am not sure if that is a sensible policy since all new hubs start with scores around 50.

        1. aa lite profile image92
          aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Aaah but it's hubber score of 75 rather than hub score.  My new hubs start off with a score of 50 but my hubber score is 90+, so all my links are do-follow.  But when I started my hubber score was under 75 and my links to other sites were no-follow.  Just stops this site from being used purely for link building.  I don't have any problem with that.

      2. djdaniel150 profile image59
        djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree "aa lite!" Why would hubpages want to have Google index content that is "sub par?" This would be bad. Also, You would know more about how hubpages works than I would when it comes to the whole "hubber score" thing, etc. I will start reading the FAQ's on here to get a better idea of how hubpages goes about doing things.

  4. petertebin profile image76
    petertebinposted 4 years ago

    I hear ya on the 3 sentence meta description as I use SEO Quake and they tell me on every single hub I have written that my meta description is to long and it should be between 70 - 160 characters so I started going back and editing my earlier ones.

    1. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      OK that is two recommendations for shorter summaries. Looks like it is good info not hearsay. Time to take action

  5. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 4 years ago

    The information about how much content will display in SERP's is generally correct,

    but,

    "Bing won't even index a page that has a 3 sentence meta description.
    This would be considered an SEO violation by all major search engines in fact. "

    is invalid.

    Meta-descriptions are not guaranteed to display as one "suggests" by entering them into the page source and what displays is heavily influenced by the user query.

    A long description is usually just truncated in display at the character limit.

    Utilizing them "wrong" is a lost opportunity, not a "penalty"

    1. SimeyC profile image88
      SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      +1

    2. djdaniel150 profile image59
      djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      No its not sunforged, once agan your <personal attack snipped>! Bing will not so much penalize you for one or two pages, they just wont index your content. You are preaching to the choir. Obviusly you dont have a Bing webmaster account or you would know this.

      1. sunforged profile image74
        sunforgedposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Being the choir, you understand the value of simply testing your postulations.

        So, If i pull up a site from my tabs

        http://www.orangecountyscu.org/

        A Credit Union in Orange County (the first result for Orange County Credit Unions in BING)

        the following text appears in SERP's

        "Orange County's Credit Union - Home Bank
        www.orangecountyscu.org - Official site
        Customer service 888-354-6228

        Orange County's Credit Union offers the access, security, and stability of any high-profile bank, with access to over 29,500 CO-OP Network ATMs, as well as …   <-- ellipse indicates it is truncated


        The Meta-Description is:

        "Orange County's Credit Union offers the access, security, and stability of any high-profile bank, with access to over 29,500 CO-OP Network ATMs, as well as investment options, auto loans, and mortgages"

        That is a character count of "201"

        As quickly measured with this tool: http://www.javascriptkit.com/script/scr … ount.shtml


        So we have a site that is in a Competitive Market - Indexed in Bing (and Google) a Meta-descrip that exceeds 160 characters

        Then I stick it in Screaming Frog - crawl the site - wait about 30 seconds, turns out that the character count is 202 and that its the ONLY meta-description entered for the entire site - all the rest of the pages are empty

        Yes, it is not only indexed, but leads the rankings in Bing?

        Then, another first position return in Bing

        "San Francisco Lawyer"

        http://www.sanfranciscolawyer360.com/

        Home Page Meta-Descrip Count: 236

        Screaming Frog shows that 15 Pages exceed a character count of 160 (yet, this is the top return in Bing)

        http://www.sanfranciscolawyer360.com/co … greements/

        This page has a character count of 249 - does Bing index it? yes ... does the whole site rank well (yes)

        Where is this penalty?

        It took me 3x as long to type this up as it did to do a cursory check of your assertion. It takes perhaps 30 seconds of searching to see that there is no validity to what you are so passionately defending. Perhaps this information will help you to put your energy in behalf of your clients or yourself into more important efforts.

        I will return to my day now, Good luck

        1. Shadesbreath profile image89
          Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          As I said, owning face.

          http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/41572_109447568080_2588606_n.jpg

          1. profile image0
            Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            LMAO!

            Just went through this thread for amusement purposes.

            Damn.  I thought religious forums could get brutal.

    3. djdaniel150 profile image59
      djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Search engines don't automatically truncate meta descriptions, you havent F*cking clue! Younothing about anything!

      1. psycheskinner profile image80
        psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        If you can't follow a simple forum rule in relation to personal attacks, why should I assume you have an accurate understanding of very complex SEO rules?

      2. Nursey profile image61
        Nurseyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        This is too horrible. I thought Hub Pages was a nice place to belong.

        1. AlexK2009 profile image88
          AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          It is getting a bit intense.  Time to cool everything down if possible.

  6. SimeyC profile image88
    SimeyCposted 4 years ago

    Can you list your source for this information. There seems to be mixed messages when searching for this - some SEO experts say Google simply ignores anything over 160 characters.

    Is there an official Google statement?

  7. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image93
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 years ago

    You don't even have to do summaries.

    I bet I've not done summaries on the half of my hubs....I'm clocking around eight hundred page views per day.

    My advice....is always listen to what Mr. Sunforged has to say.

    1. djdaniel150 profile image59
      djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      800 page views? Where are those views coming from? Any ad clicks from authors on hubpages for your articles are completely discounted by Google, they log your IP address. Listen to what Sunforge has to say? He didn't build his website, he used a content management system to create it. He doesn't know web design, or he wouldn't need a program to do it for him!

  8. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    That sounds a bit semantic.  Penalty could be taken to mean just :making the page rank poorer than if you didn't do it.

    1. SimeyC profile image88
      SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Reading quite a few SEO sites, many say it doesn't change ranking - but as the meta tag description is often 'seen' when searches 'search' then the opportunity to get a click may have gone if the description is poor.

      Most suggest creating a 160 character succinct description that provides a lot of info...

      ..of course, SEO is such an imprecise science that there are others who state that it does penalize ranking!

    2. sunforged profile image74
      sunforgedposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I point out "not penalty" for the same reason that Simey is stating.

      Meta-Descrip have been specifically noted as not being part of the ranking algo. Hence, no "penalty" possible.

      Good metadescrip can cause more ctr and better activities that are measured ranking factors - but your main concern is to influence the "pick me" factor.

      It is a case of anal semantics - but considering the tone of the OP, I think necessary. SEO is quite a bit about anal semantics.

      As for documentation, Simey, I have been in the midst of rewriting around 300 pages worth of metadata that was stuffed by a previous SEO , these domains spread across multiple industries, banking, insurance etc - see millions of pageviews and are under intensive daily tracking - my own experience, data and the constant research I partake in is my source.

      Someone else did provide some links to googleblog - i prob could pull up an informative and recent article from seomoz in a few seconds, but so could you smile

      the takeaway?
      A good meta-descrip - is one half optimization/one half marketing copy.

      1. SimeyC profile image88
        SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Oops - wasn't actually asking you for sources - but the OP. As stated by other people - if you say it, then it's most likely true!

      2. djdaniel150 profile image59
        djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        once again you guys, I am a web designer, I do this for a living, and you are preaching to the F*cking choir!

        1. aa lite profile image92
          aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Well if you are so sure about what you are stating, why not link to some kind of source for your information.  Somewhere that says, "long summaries will lead to a site being penalised".   How did you find out about this?  Did you just wake up one day and a lightbulb went off in your head "if you write long summaries your traffic will vanish!"

          If that is the case, I sympathise with your frustration.  I have been telling people for ages that a careful reading of my hubs everyday, preferably several times will bring them great riches, and that buying the Amazon products these hubs recommend is a sure way to Nirvana, to no avail.  I am constantly met by derision and ridicule.

  9. Barbara Kay profile image86
    Barbara Kayposted 4 years ago

    I am getting almost no traffic from Bing and Yahoo and I did previously. I am going to try this on a few hubs and see what happens. Google is doing fine though.

  10. Daniel Roo profile image81
    Daniel Rooposted 4 years ago

    G doesn't use the meta description for direct ranking purposes, it's just used as a snippet on the serps. An enticing description can however increase click through rates, which in turn affect the position in the serps. A spammy keyword stuffed meta won't result in a penalty from Google. Instead it will put off people from wanting to visit your page, and the reduced click through rate will result in a lower ranking.

    If the meta is too short then you are missing out on a valuable opportunity to reel potential visitors to your page. If it is too long then Google will crop it or use some text from the page instead, that may/may not be good enough to entice visitors to the page (ie sub-optimal)

    If the meta is missing entirely then Google will try to replace it with text from the page or if that is not possible (perhaps because a page isn't crawlable or only contains images), then they will grab some text from elsewhere. The Dmoz directory is often used as a last resort.

    Official Resource: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bi … swer=35624

    In a nutshell, write a relevant and enticing meta description that is unique to the page, keep it less than 160 characters so Google doesn't need to crop it. Don't worry about being hit by a penalty for having a crap/short/long meta description, that doesn't happen, just means your page isn't fully optimized and you may be missing out on clicks as Google users click on other results that look more relevant and enticing.

    Official Resource (in the Q&A section) :

    "Q: Does this mean that Google ignores all meta tags?
    A: No, Google does support several other meta tags. This meta tags page documents more info on several meta tags that we do use. For example, we do sometimes use the "description" meta tag as the text for our search results snippets.....Even though we sometimes use the description meta tag for the snippets we show, we still don't use the description meta tag in our ranking.

    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot. … a-tag.html

    1. djdaniel150 profile image59
      djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Atleast Daniel Roo has a brain unlike the rest of you idiots! This "sunforged" guy is trying to tell us how a meta description tag works, yet he doesn't even now what it is. Meta descriptions are not part of your content, they are part of the code that makes up a webpage! Meta = data about data to put it in a nutshell!

  11. lovebuglena profile image90
    lovebuglenaposted 4 years ago

    I never really focused on how many sentences or characters/words I had in my hub summaries. Perhaps I should look over them now. I wonder why one of my newly published hubs is already not featured. I published it a few days ago. This never happened to me before. And it's a hub about Black Friday, which I want to be featured.

  12. Daniel Roo profile image81
    Daniel Rooposted 4 years ago

    I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

    The OP has totally misunderstood how meta descriptions are used and has made an assumption that a long meta description will result in a penalty.

    That is incorrect.

    1. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      OK I get it now. A meta description can be as long as you want but probably only 160 characters will be used by google.

      However HP state that summaries longer than 160 characters will be ignored by search engines. 

      We have two things here; The meta description, which I follow, the summary, which attracts people, and the fact HP use summaries for the meta tag. 

      For me the summary should be as long as needed but no longer. Up to 500 chars. This must be human readable and attractive. Only the first 160 will go into the meta tag so these should hold keywords. 

      Or am I missing something??

      1. djdaniel150 profile image59
        djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Meta descriptions that are too long, once again will get you penalized, and yes, ignored as well in search results.

        1. aa lite profile image92
          aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          How does that fit in with Daniel Roo's (the man with the brain) quotes from Google blog?

          It is pretty clear to me (and sunforged and ppl who actually bother to check things rather than blindly believe every self-proclaimed IT guru who shows up on these forums) that a good summary can help getting more ppl click through to your page, but a bad, or too long, summary will not hurt your ranking. 

          Where do you get the penalisation idea from?

  13. Shadesbreath profile image89
    Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago

    Sometimes the, uh, SERP recognition framistat supports an elemental input from meta tag phosphorescence listings under an XYZ triptic scheme which, if combined with a meta description hufflefluffle in an HTML head and shoulder area can create a downward and cascading colonic effect effusing, if you will, a paradigmatic perplexity of apocalyptic proportions. And stuff.

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly.

    2. DrMark1961 profile image91
      DrMark1961posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      What he said!

    3. paradigmsearch profile image85
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Freaking perfect. About time someone elucidated it. Problem solved.

    4. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If you can generate stuff like this you should be in the civil service

    5. djdaniel150 profile image59
      djdaniel150posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Not quite.

    6. Hollie Thomas profile image59
      Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Eureka, I totally get it now. lol

      1. Rosie2010 profile image83
        Rosie2010posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Me too!  lol

  14. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago

    Just think, we people who have been here more than 4 years don't know what works and sells.  I know things have changed in terms of earnings but there are still successful people here who also have success elsewhere online.

    The hub of mine that gets consistently good traffic has a summary of at least 160 character, the 2nd best one is shorter, probably 100 characters.

  15. crazyhorsesghost profile image87
    crazyhorsesghostposted 4 years ago

    I have one hub that has received almost 700.000 views in less than a year. And guess what. It has no summary. No sorry I won't tell which one it is. But it usually gets well over a thousand views every day and sometimes up to 4.000 views in one day.

    1. petertebin profile image76
      petertebinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow... I only hope that I can write a post or two like this...

    2. David 470 profile image85
      David 470posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have a hub like that -- a few 100,000 in a year. Wish I could get more hubs like this today. My hubs are not ranking well like they did in 2011.

  16. rebekahELLE profile image89
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    big_smile This one gave me a chuckle.  You really must be very new here.  We're not all as ignorant as you would have us appear, specifically not this guy, 'sunforged'. 
    You may want to check out his site, sunforged.com.

  17. Rain Defence profile image97
    Rain Defenceposted 4 years ago via iphone

    Read this. It will give you more information about the meta length from someone who has experimented with longer than 160 characters. It doesn't contain any hysteria.

    http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/ … -2011.html

  18. melbel profile image93
    melbelposted 4 years ago

    I am pretty sure Google just truncates it, I don't think it's penalized... by Google or Bing.

    I personally don't see what's wrong with the summary being used as the meta description. It's a good way to give searchers a short snippet of what your article is about. I figure it's better than Google pulling random bits of text related to the search.

  19. Thomas Swan profile image93
    Thomas Swanposted 4 years ago

    Summaries should be 160 characters or less. So when you get to "340 characters remaining" you've gone far enough.

    Interestingly, my google traffic went up a lot at the start of this week, so that seems to be the opposite of what people are experiencing here.

  20. profile image60
    mcxniftycallsposted 4 years ago

    That little summary is not related to SEO at all. It is just a little explanation about the webpage used by search engine to show under search result. Nothing else, A well explained and attractive summary can increase your click through rate. Through that little summary you can describe the content of your whole article, and users will get to know what they are going to get inside without visiting tha page and if it is related to there search, they will definitely click and visit your page. No SEO issue with summary at all.

  21. Brie Hoffman profile image80
    Brie Hoffmanposted 4 years ago

    http://www.quantcast.com/hubpages.com

    Lowest it's been in over one month...why?

    1. AlexK2009 profile image88
      AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The fact it is low is not worrying for the time of year. What is worrying is that the only trend I can see is down. With the  eye of faith hope and charity I might be able to see an upward trend in the last two months.

    2. SimeyC profile image88
      SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Giving day in the US - most people eating Turkey and drinking Egg-Nog!

      1. AlexK2009 profile image88
        AlexK2009posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanksgiving day does not last  months

        1. SimeyC profile image88
          SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I was answering the Brie Hoffman's question...

  22. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 4 years ago

    What is with the new hub url: hubber@hubpages.com/hub/category/name of hub.

  23. Greekgeek profile image97
    Greekgeekposted 4 years ago

    Wow, Djdaniel, you may have an IT degree, but  you've missed out on some basic web design. Hint: "Wall of Text" has been a web no-no since 1993.

    It's also not a good idea to insult people who may have more experience than you, even if they're not boasting about their resumé.

    Several people have asked you to provide a link to some official info backing up your claim that a long meta description (a.k.a. hub summary) results in a search penalty. You have failed to provide a link, so we'll take it as given that you can't.

    So, How DO search engines use Hubpage's summary (the "meta description")?

    Here's a link for you. Google's official blog says:



    That's crystal clear, especially for Google. There's no way a long hub summary could trigger a penalty, since Google doesn't use it for ranking purposes. How about Bing? It says:



    Bing doesn't absolutely rule out using the meta description as a ranking factor, but the message is clearly: "Minor, at best." Bing deemphasizes the description as a ranking factor, and instead strongly emphasizes its use as a blurb to attract visitors in search results. Bing also states that if your meta description is lousy or missing, it'll provide your page with a better one. That doesn't sound like a penalty to me!

    How does HubPages' "Summary" work? Why is it so long?

    Instead of railing against Hubpages executives for being "deaf, dumb, and blind," you might've asked a question:  "Hey, Hubbers, why does Hubpages have space for a 500 character summary, when it gets truncated to 120-155 characters in most search engine results?"

    As many Hubbers can tell you, the "Summary" of our Hub appears in full in a number of places on the Hubpages website:

    In our Hubpages feed. This is not crawled by search engines, but it's a way that most Hubpages members find new hubs.

    On Hubpages Categories pages, like this one. These are crawled by search engines, and can provide a slight boost in relevance thanks to co-citation.  Co-citation is a fancy term for "the text and links around a link pointing to your page." Search engines check the context of links pointing to your page as a very minor ranking factor. So, in that way, a hub summary can help boost your hub's relevance for certain search terms, although the rankings boost from co-citation is probably tiny.

    However, as you were clumsily trying to point out, the Hubpages summary is also fed into the hub's meta description tag, which is used by search engines as the default snippet when they list a hub in search results. (Sometimes. Often, search engines pluck a quote from elsewhere on the page that more closely matches the search query). This snippet is very important, because it's our ONE chance to get people searching the web to click on your page, instead of all the other results that came up.

    Problem: while Hubpages will post up to 500 characters of a summary in-house, search engines truncate a meta description at somewhere between 120 and 155 characters. And they're not consistent. Search engines keep changing the length of the snippet they show.

    So, how should we write our Hub summaries?

    Simple! Write summaries that do double-duty, both as a Hubpages summary of up to 500 characters, and as the short-form 120-155 character snippet that shows in search engine results. Front-load the first sentence.

    Remember, while the snippet may influence search rankings a tiny bit, 95% of the summary's purpose is to convince people your page is worth reading.

    If you're a writer, you probably know the adage "show, don't tell."  Here's what you need to show:

      The hub's topic. Do you cover what your potential visitor is looking for?
      Writing competence.
      Trustworthiness. Avoid phony boasts or marketing sleaze.
      Compelling, unique, intriguing writing that entices clicks.

    Here's a tool I sometimes use for this purpose: Google Snippet Optimizer.  (Warning: useful site, tasteless site logo.)

    Keep in mind that Google will often chop off a Hub description to 120 characters, occasionally even 110 characters. Put your greatest effort into optimizing the first 120 characters to achieve the above goals. Then add another sentence or two building on that kernel, creating an appealing and interesting snippet for Hubpages' longer 500-character summaries, which appear wherever your hub is listed on Hubpages.

  24. 2uesday profile image87
    2uesdayposted 4 years ago

    But when you quote complete with the link  - are you not doing their work for them?

    1. paradigmsearch profile image85
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yep, does need to be deleted.

 
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