Google Webmaster team has announced in a blog post that the company is closing DMOZ, also known as The Open Directory Project. DMOZ was used to create snippets in search results.

Google has advised webmasters to use good meta descriptions, post DMOZ.

On creating good meta description, Google team says, “Good meta descriptions are short blurbs that describe accurately the content of the page. They are like a pitch that convince the user that the page is exactly what they’re looking for. For more tips, we have a handy help center article on the topic. Remember to make sure that both your desktop and your mobile pages include both a title and a meta description.

You can prevent Google from generating snippets altogether by specifying the “nosnippet” robots directive. There’s no way to prevent using page contents as snippet while allowing other sources”.

Creating Better Snippets for your Users


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