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How long does google take to update meta tags and do your rankings go down after?

Discussion in 'Google' started by UM Processing, Apr 6, 2009.

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    Hello! I recently made a change in the description of my home page meta tags and noticed that I dropped from page 1 to page 3 in the search results for a certain keyword phrase but I didnt remove or change the keywords. I also noticed that google has not updated my recently changed meta tags as of yet. How long does it take for them to update and was me changing the description the reason I am on page 3 now? Will I get back to page 1 after they update? Any info is appreciated.
     
    UM Processing, Apr 6, 2009 IP
  2. phinelinda

    phinelinda Well-Known Member

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    #2
    It will take some time for google to cache the current page than what it was previously.
    If you have many backlinks, your site should be updated in the index in no time.
     
    phinelinda, Apr 6, 2009 IP
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    .Scripts Banned

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    It took 4-5 days for me for inner pages, 1 day for hompage :)
     
    .Scripts, Apr 6, 2009 IP
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    the quarlity of your website is very high
     
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    It depends on the backlinks like said earlier. When I was bothered about my site it would change over 2 days or so. Now it takes like a week, which aint bad but aint good either if your slipping down the rankings and need some 'juice' to delay the fall.
     
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    merlinseo Well-Known Member

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    Answer to your question :

    You will see an instant change as soon as you FTP your file with new tags on your site

    Now google has to crawl and index and make note of changes in cache and update it via spiders

    Now google spiders have to crawl Millions and Millions of websites, so the update takes time

    I cant tell you exact number of days because it depends on how often google crawls your website and its inner pages so all is have patience definitely it will be updated but not immediately like your FTP does
     
    merlinseo, Apr 7, 2009 IP
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    jhnrang Well-Known Member

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    As far as I am concerned - changing title/description/meta tags definitely lower your SERP.

    Once I did that to a well ranking site and it took 5 months for me to return to top SERPs for the new terms.

    I reckon as soon as you change lots of things on your well established sites - Google thinks it as new site/or think your are trying to manipulate. Hence, it puts you in the Sandbox.:(
     
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    I have changed titles and description for one of my sites, multiple times. The time google will take to update these tags depends on the crawl speed that Google has set for your site. Depending on your site's strength, your SERPs will change. If you site do not have quality backlinks and has a low PR, then I think your site will lose its ranking.
     
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    Approx 3-4 days for inner pages and Homepage on the same day !! thats what happens with my site !
     
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    High quality backlink, content, high pr will speed up google crawl your website
     
    jumpjump, Apr 23, 2009 IP
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    New terms, maybe, this does not apply if you're tweaking for existing terms. You can alter metas, content or anything else and see an improvement in serps in the next cache. However, change too much and you will be sandboxed, or dropped down until the next cache whilst google waits to see what else is going to change, as you found out.
    The trick is, little and often. Change, monitor, change some more.
     
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    Picking up the changes

    ......................................

    Crawl speed can be increased within webmaster tools if your crawl speed is slow.

    To increase crawl rate increase the number of links to your site.

    Pinging sites such as pingomatic or pingoat let google know there is new copy and to go check it out.

    Effect of the changes

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    Meta data will typically provide little boost to seprs HOWEVER if used well the search engine will us the meta description as the snippet for the site. Well written and invocative snipped can and do improve your CTR rate.

    Cheers,

    BB
     
    APHPDeveloper, Apr 23, 2009 IP
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    yeah agreed on that.. i'm currently finding that a good meta description repeated in the header in a standard paragraph tag is working wonders for serps, providing the rest of the page is following suit of course.
    .. These descriptions are also returned for pretty much every page and the CTR is good at the mo, because the blurb is one focused sentence telling the google searcher exactly what they want. Result.
     
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    Really helpful!

    I just updated the meta data on a site that was crawled for the first time last week, so I hope it doesn't take too long...
     
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    That depends on the backlinks you have from other sites. Also if you are talking about Meta description that may take a couple of days to be updated in google engine but i'm sure you would more concerned with the Home page Title, that is the key .. so from my experience i can say, that takes time .. maybe in some case several months. I'd suggest make necessary changes and wait for the good time. Don't loose heart and keep updating your site with quality contents.

    Traffic up/down is the part of the game, so be ready for that.
     
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    It's true, but the time it will take Google to update the cache can still vary.

    And yes, the reason you went to 3rd page is maybe that you have changed the description, especially if the one has different keywords in it. The keyword meta tag doesn't influence the results for a long time ago.
     
    Ultrabooked, Mar 16, 2012 IP
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    Meta tags from my experience is updated in several days or like a week. Make sure you don't have a big link building campaign while you're changing it, as it puts a target on your site.
     
    hanakuza, Mar 16, 2012 IP
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    I would say that you should stick to the meta tags and description which you know will best suit to your business/website. Frequently changing the metas will also make your rankings drop down from one position to other. However if you have made any changes, immediately change them back, because that particular change might not have relevant keywords for your website.
     
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    This is what I like about this forum--- all questions-answers help all of us. I have been browsing this forum almost 1 year and learning everyday. Recently I have built my website and already changed meta tag for description as I thought the one I have applied now is better than one I had before. As My site is new (Published in Jan 2012), It probably won't be effected. I haven't got any pagerank on google yet but Yahoo and bing gave me PR3. Well, I won't be changing again.
     
    soulpower1, Mar 16, 2012 IP