This Forum has been archived

Visit the new Forums
Forums: Index Help desk Summary text in a Google search
Fandom's forums are a place for the community to help other members.
To contact staff directly or to report bugs, please use Special:Contact.

50px-Replacement filing cabinet.svg

Note: This topic has been unedited for 2948 days. It is considered archived - the discussion is over. Do not add to unless it really needs a response.

I have just started looking at SEO for the Vim Tips wiki (Vim is a text editor).

Our pages start with a single line generated by a template. Problem: A Google search shows that line as an extract from the page in search results, and it's unfortunately meaningless.

Is there any way I can tell Google to skip that line?

Here is an example showing the ugly problem from a search (which finds this page):

The super star - Vim Tips Wiki
Tip 1 Next created February 24, 2001 · complexity basic · author Scott+Yegappan · version 5.7. - Cached - Similar -

There are some reasons why I would like to keep that line at the top of the page (not the bottom).

BTW I will implement what I understand from Forum:Primer in search engine optimization.

Thanks. JohnBeckett 04:50, 29 August 2009 (UTC)

Hmmm. I've just realised that the above is probably due to MediaWikia putting the first line of the article into the hmtl at "...":
<meta name="description" content="..." />
So I probably need to contact Wikia to find out if the "description" can be influenced. JohnBeckett 08:02, 30 August 2009 (UTC)
MediaWiki:Description? Ose TalkContribs 14:20, 30 August 2009 (UTC)
MediaWiki:Description is for the description in the main page.
About that, it's strange, because MediaWiki puts in the description the first paragraph, but excluding templates, and in your article it's taking the template for the description. Or maybe it excludes tables instead of templates, and converting the template into a table would solve the problem... --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 14:39, 30 August 2009 (UTC)
Maybe also when templates are float right ? — TulipVorlax 01:14, 31 August 2009 (UTC)
But in this other example, the stub template is not floated. — TulipVorlax 01:16, 31 August 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the ideas. The table-in-a-template sounds most likely, but I'll probably contact Wikia to see if there is any documentation before experimenting. JohnBeckett 07:13, 31 August 2009 (UTC)