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What is the meaning of the meta tag "Googlebot"

googlebot noindex meta tag

Sometimes an old meta tag, the description tag, remains in the index of Google. Despite the fact that you change relevant information on your website and submit this to Google, the old description remains in the Google search results. Yahoo and Live will index the new information, Google won't.

This problem originates your results in the Open Directory Project DMOZ (also check the relations between the search engines). Your website, including the old meta description, also has a description and a link in the ODP listings. The Googlebot has used this description while spidering your website.

The solution is adding the following meta tag:

<meta name="googlebot" content="code">

Example how to use the meta tag GOOGLEBOT

Add the following meta tag in the HTML source of your page:

<meta name="googlebot" content="noodp">

You now tell the Googlebot NOT to duplicate the ODP description but the description which is located on your website.

Other possibility's for the Google metatags

Other words can be used to describe the meta tag, for example the no index no follow meta tag.

<meta name="googlebot" content="noarchive"><meta name="googlebot" content="nosnippet"><meta name="googlebot" content="noindex"><meta name="googlebot" content="nofollow">

  • Googlebot: noarchive - does not allow Google to display cached content
  • Googlebot: nosnippet - does not allow Google to display excerpted or cached content
  • Googlebot: noindex - similar to the robots meta element
  • Googlebot: nofollow - does not allow Google to pass any PageRank or link popularity to the link served.
  • Googlebot: no archive = Google is not allowed to place this page in the cache memory
The Meta Google tags are optional to use. You generally do not need to use Meta Google tags unless you want Google to do something specific with your site. The Meta Google tag is one of the few Meta tags Google will read, index, and obey.

Where do you add the Googlebot tag?

You may add this Googlebot tag to all of your web-pages, so not only in the first index page.
Make sure that on every page relevant meta tags are added.  Add keywords and phrases that are relevant and correspond to the text and the language on that specific page. It might be a lot of work to add specific meta tags to each page but you will notice in time that it works!


Meta tags Summary - Important SEO things to remember


We suggest that you use the Meta tags in your index.htm or index.html page. Than in all other important pages and last but not least in all the pages of your website. Make sure to put some extra effort in it, it will attract extra visitors to your web-page. Create relevant and different meta tags for each and every page.

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