Good question... I dunno what is the right answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an good answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could help you..
The description is dynamc based on the search term(s)..
Try this search on google.
New to nostalgia site:www.mycandysupplier.com.
The description will be some phrases close to the search term..
If you don't use a search term then the description will always be the first spiderable text on your site...
If you type in allinurl:www.mycandysupplier, it doesn't use a search term. So, from what you said, this would make sense since the alt text would be the first thing the SE finds. The problem is, if you do the same thing to other sites (allinurl), they have different descriptions. So something else must be going on. The only obvious thing I notice is that my alt text is much longer than the other sites I have viewed. Maybe I need to reduce it to just the name of the site? Do you, anyone, know if this could be causing it?.
I checked my iPage site on google and I only have 2 pages indexed. What gives? It's been up for over a month!! my robot.txt file only has the catalog/admin folder blocked and the some of the include files pertaining to setting up an account..
I just checked mine..
716 pages indexed..
This includes all generic pages, all product pages...everything!.
WOW! that googlebot has been busy!!!.
It still has loads of references to old html pages that don't exist no more since I turned my iPage site to php........but luckily I has the foresight to add virtual redirects so that the old pages automatically redirect to their current php versions..
Oh, BTW ACE99....
Don't fret....it takes time for your whole iPage site to get indexed.....
...plus a lot of time spent in optimsing your iPage site for the search engines..
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I have read that it can take three months to get Google to fully index your site. One thing I did that seemed to help was to add the "All Products" contribution. I also had cPath= removed from URLs of product pages (since my products are never in more than one category) and also removed the column sorting links in the category page (for my store they were unnecessary) - these changes reduce Google's tendency to think that the iPage site has multiple pages with the same content, which it doesn't like...
If you look at the entries for my site.
, you will see 68 indexed pages that all have the same description. The description is coming from the alt text for my sites logo. In looking at other sites I see this is not the case for them but I can't see any difference in the code that would make this happen. Does anyone know what I would need to change to get a different description for each listing?.
Thanks for the link Burt. I read through it all and understand the point being made. But it doesn't seem to answer my question. If google takes information from the page and my pages are all different, why do I get the same description? If you look at the sites mentioned in that thread, they all have pages listed with different descriptions. Mine are all the same. Am I missing your point?.