Your Meta Descriptions can be Changed By Google

Google is going to pick the most relevant paragraph from your website or might even summarize your content to create whole new meta descriptions.

These days meta descriptions rarely matter. Google is going to pick the most relevant paragraph from your website or might even summarize your content to create whole new meta descriptions.

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The following are the search results for the term “Italian switch words” for which my articles are #ranking on #4 and #5.

Meta Descriptions for 4th and 5th Results of Search Term: Italian Switch Words
Meta Descriptions for 4th and 5th Results of Search Term: Italian Switch Words

The first meta description was mine. But the second was generated by Google itself.

If you take a closer look, you might notice that the second meta description is a list which was not the meta descriptions that I put.

Why Does This Happen?

Since Google has developed multiple AI algorithms of its own, it is increasingly using them to make the search experience better. This includes generating summary of the website content whenever necessary. The same technology is being used by Amazon to provide a summary of user reviews on its website.

Amazon Using AI to Summarize Reviews
Amazon Using AI to Summarize Reviews

Is This Harmful For Me?

No, this is not harmful because this will help you rank your article for multiple terms. Google will modify meta descriptions based on suitability with the search term.

Overall, this feature of Google search will only increase your ranking for similar keywords. But, do always remember to write content which are meant to help humans.

Should You Keep Adding Meta Descriptions?

Yes, adding meta descriptions rarely take more than 1 minute if you are an experienced writer like me. This would add to the user experience.

Further, if your meta descriptions are helpful for any search term, it would contribute to your Google rankings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I include in a meta description?

Meta descriptions should seek to answer the search intent as directly as possible.

What is the Standard Meta Description Length?

The width of meta description for a website on Google search is around 900 pixels which is around 150 characters. However, I would suggest you to keep it under 140 because of my experience as an SEO.

Dhirendra Chandra Das
Dhirendra Chandra Das

Dhirendra has over 4 years of experience in Digital Marketing with an ability to quickly gain organic traffic through Google. With an MBA in Marketing, his approach combines the best of theoretical and practical marketing knowledge.

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