I just saw that our hubs will no longer automatically pull a summary for our hubs...
Problem is I used that automatic feature for ALL my hubs, so does that mean I have to go back through all my 300+ hubs and add in summaries?
I really hope not, that'd be a lot of work and if my hubs are showing up in search engines without summaries then it's definitely going to hurt my traffic.
Anyone know the answer to this?
No you do not. If you click on the "summary" setting on your hub, while in edit mode, it will appear blank. Otherwise, it will be pulled by the first paragraph.
However, if you create any new link capsules on your hubs, you will be forced to write a summary. It also might happen on the RSS feed(but don't quote me on that). I have seen it work oddly with the RSS feeds, some times it pulls and some times it doesn't show a summary. I am not sure what causes that or if it's a glitch of some sort.
Oh ok, because I noticed that they were blank, read the forum and then searched one of my newer hub's titles and it had no summary in Google... so from now on I guess I'll just write in a sentence.
Click on the "?" in summary is says and pay close attention to the last sentence for your answer.
ALso found in ? tab, full description stated differently
Oddly it says nothing about pulled from first paragraph so that information is not necessarily true.
I am going back and checking all of my hubs because I noticed that the summaries that show up on the Google searched are sometimes from the middle of the hub.
Google searches for the closest match to the exact search query. It may come from any section of an article.
Really? I didn't know this. That explains some things. I love when I learn something new this early in the day!
I don't know if this is what happened to you, but I've seen it in mine:
Fill a text capsule, with the auto-summary on. Save the hub. Edit the hub, placing text capsules before what used to be the first one. Your summary was already set and wouldn't reset unless you went in and cycled the feature off, then back on. I never checked in Google--I can't wade through that many pages.
Full disclosure: This is old information. It doesn't work this way now, due to a recent change in the way summaries are handled.
Entering in a summary is optional, but if you want a meta-description tag (for use by some search engines and Web services), then you must enter it manually. We used to auto-generate it, but do not anymore. See this blog post:
Again, entering in a summary is optional, but we do recommend adding one if it is uniquely written (i.e. not just copied from the body of your Hub).
I noticed that the summaries that were on my older Hubs, when I searched in Google, always had a couple of lines of summary, now when I checked back to see, they have all changed and don't make sense! so something must have changed! I know you can't go back and change the old ones, but why have they suddenly turned into gobbledegook?!
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