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How do I update or change the Google search results for my site?

How do I update or change the Google search results for my site?

How do I update my Google search results?

Google’s process of indexing your site, and subsequently displaying it in search results, is automated. It can sometimes take months before your site is listed or before any changes you make are reflected in your search results. You can not directly define when Google’s indexing takes place and what rank they assign your pages, however you can prompt them to re-index via Google's Webmaster Tools.

How do I change the way my site is listed in Google search results?

Google Search Result Format
  1. Title

    The title of your search result is defined by the title tag in the head of your page code.

  2. URL

    The URL of your search result is taken directly from your page URL.

  3. Description

    The description of your search result is generated by an automated Google process that takes into account both the content of the page, the page description meta tag in the head of your page code and references to the page that appear on the web. While the description of your search result is often the same as the page description meta tag content, this is not always the case and is by no means guaranteed.

  4. Sitelinks

    Google only shows sitelinks for results when they think they’ll be useful to the user. This is a completely automated Google process and there is no way to define which, if any, sitelinks Google will display.

As explained in the support article What should I be doing about SEO?, your site automatically creates SEO URL’s, titles and descriptions and we recommend that you do not get bogged down in tinkering with this system. Applying the recommended items in the aforementioned article are a far more affective use of your resources.

If your Google search result is incorrect or insufficient, you wish to read more about URL’s, titles and descriptions, or you feel strongly about editing these items, please refer to Should I be editing my meta tags, URLs or titles?

My Google search results display old content or a robots.txt error message?

If your Google search results display old content or a robots.txt error message - such as “A description for this result is not available because of this site’s robots.txt” - this is because Google is still using older cached information from your shop or custom domain (if you have recently applied your custom domain for example).

robots.txt error messages have no relation to your current set up or robots.txt file. Google is referring to old content at your domain that is no longer relevant. As soon as Google re-indexes your site, the error will be cleared. Furthermore, your new robots.txt file is automatically generated by the Big Cartel platform and can not be edited or deleted (and does not need to be).

There is no guaranteed way to force Google to re-index your shop, however you can prompt them to do so via Google's Webmaster Tools.

More importantly, you should ensure that you have applied the recommendations of the support article What should I be doing about SEO? and be patient. Google will eventually re-index your shop and update the information displayed in search results.

How do I remove one or more of my pages from my Google search results?

Refer to How do I hide a page?

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