The Secret Weebly Blog Error They Do Not Want People To Know About.

by tryinhere 10 replies
I have have been using Weebly since Adam was a boy, and still have an active account. Recently when setting a new site I noticed that the SEO results for the blog were not right, after some investigation I found the Meta Description was not working on my SEO checks.

Mm? I looked into the forum on Weebly and seen many before me had also been complaining about Meta Descriptions in the blog.

On each occassion Weebly seemed to dismiss the claim as the user editing the post after publishing it, and that it needed to re index, or in general the user had done something wrong.

On digging into this problem I uncovered a flaw in Weebly's Blog / Meta Description, and tried to explain the problem to them that it was broken. I also received the "You must have broken it" story.

Only after chipping away was I able to get them to see the error. At the time they indicated that this would be fixed, but alas nothing has been fixed to this point based on my tests.

So if you are one of the many people saying it is hard to rank a Weebly Blog, you are 100% correct.

To a point that every single Weebly blog post ever written to this point in time is defective (and that has to be millions)

Don't Believe it, then do your own tests if you own Weebly. Look at any Weebly blog post you have, view the Meta description you have, then check the Index on Google.

Is it the Same ? mostly not, what happens is google does not read the Meta description you place into Weebly, it simply grabs the first bit of information it can find on the page.

To make matters worse Weebly blog does not render the title as a H1 so now you have no Meta description and no H1 tags on your page, two you would say some what important bits of on page SEO (I may be Wrong)

But for all of those people saying "hey Weebly blogs are great for SEO" ? I think they may fall short.

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It took me to show Weebly one of their own posts for them to understand, so lets do the test here.

\/ this weeblys post on SEO Basics (apt in a way)

https://www.weebly.com/blog/seo-basics

View Googles Index > Here

If you view the Index you see this Meta description \/

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of making your website as visible and friendly as possible to popular search engines like ...
But if you View the Page Source, You see this as the meta Description \/

From keyword strategy, to basic page and site optimization, these SEO basics will help drive traffic to your website, blog or online store.
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The end result is regardless of what you place into your Weebly Blog Meta Description, It does not work in Google and at best you can guess what google will select as your Meta description but regardless as far as indexing it, your on a sinking boat.

One would think that Weebly would have made a special attempt to fix this major error, but then how they tell probably multi Millions of people sorry but it's broken ? But now after a few months and nothing and people here sprouting how good it is, maybe time to check back and see for yourself.

You don't think your Weebly blog is affected ? So far I have not seen one Weebly blog that is not affected, but if you have one, your one of the lucky ones.

This is not a bash up on Weebly, I still like them but really would find it hard to use the blog for anything while it remains like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    "so now you have no Meta description and no H1 tags on your page, two you would say some what important bits of on page SEO (I may be Wrong)"

    Yes, you are wrong and no, I would not say that those are important bits of on page SEO.

    First, you DO realize that anything you put in your meta description has no direct effect on SEO, right?

    Second, you should know that Google does not care whether the title of a post is an H1 or a H2. It has zero effect on SEO.

    Third, I don't see where you have pointed out the error in the code that is causing the meta description not to show. I do not see any errors in the code.

    Finally, it took a few minutes to find, but if you do a Google search for "Official Website for Musician and Artist Japhlet Bire Attias", you will see the first organic result is japhletba.com

    You will see that the meta description for that search result is exactly the same as what is entered as the meta description when you view the page source and those words do not appear anywhere on that page.

    That is definitely a Weebly website - https://builtwith.com/japhletba.com

    For some reason, people think that Google is compelled to put whatever words they use in their meta description. The fact is, they are not. You put what you want it to be and hope Google uses it. Google can put whatever they want there and often does. This is not a Weebly problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      This is not a Weebly problem.
      ? it is a 100% weebly problem, admited by them, the meta description simply does not work on any blog, ? i will check your example. cheers.

      I have just looked your example, you are correct the meta description is fine. But if you read what i have written the BLOG is what is at fault, not the whole site. Find a weebly blog page and you will see the error.

      Cheers.

      For some reason, people think that Google is compelled to put whatever words they use in their meta description. The fact is, they are not. You put what you want it to be and hope Google uses it. Google can put whatever they want there and often does
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      I have not seen a site that allows for seo options (wordpress or any site for that matter) where you fill a meta description in the seo section and it has not been used, but I may be wrong?

      Not here to argue with anyone on what they deem correct or incorrect as to seo i guess everyone has a different idea, just simply every single weebly BLOG has this error, so for those millions who spend time filling out the seo section of a weebly blog meta description, they are simply not getting what they ordered. nothing more than that.

      Third, I don't see where you have pointed out the error in the code that is causing the meta description not to show. I do not see any errors in the code.
      I did point out where I think the error is in the code to weebly, but I am not a gun, regardless they have ignored to date to make any fixes. it is low stress to me, just stating what is happening.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

        I have not seen a site that allows for seo options (wordpress or any site for that matter) where you fill a meta description in the seo section and it has not been used, but I may be wrong?

        You are wrong. Google will use whatever meta description they think is best. If you have not seen this before, you just have not looked very hard. Google is under no obligation to use the meta description you provide. They often choose content from the page that they have determined best matches the search query.

        I wouldn't worry about it either way though. Meta descriptions play no role in your rankings.

        Also, it is commonly known that Weebly absolutely sucks for SEO. If you are using them, and planning to rely on search engine traffic, you are making a mistake.
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        • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
          Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

          You are wrong..
          gee people must think I'm here for a fight, such force and wham bam from people.

          I am wrong ? it's not about right or wrongs / the facts weebly seo meta description, does not and has never worked. but if you say that wordpress seo also does not work for meta description, then so be it, from what I have read it was supposed to be good, but what would one know.

          but lets say your seo works and your page is now listed on page one, with what a crappy description nobody wants to click?

          lets just say it is the only site i have used where the seo meta has not worked ? is that ok with you, i never come here as a smart ass or a dumb ass.

          sure google may choose, but for weebly blogs they dont even get to choose because it's faulty, that simple.

          and for the record no I am not using weebly at the moment but thank you for your stern warning.

          I am not sure why so many people are wound up like springs ? its great to just report a problem and have people come out and having a go at you. just wow sometimes.
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          • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
            Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

            gee people must think I'm here for a fight, such force and wham bam from people.

            I am wrong ? it's not about right or wrongs / the facts weebly seo meta description, does not and has never worked. but if you say that wordpress seo also does not work for meta description, then so be it, from what I have read it was supposed to be good, but what would one know.

            but lets say your seo works and your page is now listed on page one, with what a crappy description nobody wants to click?

            lets just say it is the only site i have used where the seo meta has not worked ? is that ok with you, i never come here as a smart ass or a dumb ass.

            sure google may choose, but for weebly blogs they dont even get to choose because it's faulty, that simple.

            and for the record no I am not using weebly at the moment but thank you for your stern warning.

            I am not sure why so many people are wound up like springs ? its great to just report a problem and have people come out and having a go at you. just wow sometimes.

            Look, if you want to get all upset about it, that is up to you. You started a thread claiming this is some big conspiracy by Weebly when it is not. If you do not like it when someone points out when something you say is flat out wrong, I would suggest avoiding the internet. You're not going to like it very much.

            Google chooses whatever meta description they feel is most appropriate to match the search query. It doesn't matter if you are using Weebly, Wordpress, Blogger, HTML, Wix, or anything else.

            This is not something new. They have been doing this for several years.

            Honestly, for most pages, I would not even choose a meta description. I would let Google pick.

            A single page might rank for hundreds, even thousands of keyword phrases you never thought of. You can't write a meta description for all of them. Your CTR will be better by letting Google pick something on the page that more closely matches each search query. In fact, it is what Wikipedia does, and they rank for everything.

            There are tons of pages you can test this on. If you search for different phrases the same page will show a different meta description.

            What you are seeing is not a problem with Weebly. As you pointed out, the meta description shows up in the code just like it is supposed to.


            Here is an example using this very thread. The first one shows the meta description used in the code. In the second search, Google uses a different description taking content from the thread.




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            • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
              Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

              Look, if you want to get all upset about it, that is up to you. You started a thread claiming this is some big conspiracy by Weebly when it is not.

              What you are seeing is not a problem with Weebly. As you pointed out, the meta description shows up in the code just like it is supposed to.

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              Mike I am not upset as such it just seems just sometimes people come across as rude, can I say that, i am just low chill pointing out an error, not expecting to be bounced on and have probably read over many years weebly seo reviews, so I am not really a green horn here, but some time people are just quick to jump, so maybe I am also guilty of that, if so I am sorry.

              Anyway the whole post is about an error in weebly, and regardless if people just stop bouncing you / they will see it is an error.

              Ok yes I see now that a meta can change based on an example ( for me I have never seen that before and I do a lot of work online, so I guess I am just unlucky in love)

              But the fact remains that weeblys blog post, SEO meta description is broken, regardless of if google to choose the weebbly blog meta or not, it remains that it never will use the meta, why because it does not work, google does not read it all, even if it wanted to.

              You can test any one of the many many millions of weebly blogs and I very much doubt you will find a correct one.

              So again with out agro or people slamming the desks in high fashion, if you are running a weebly blog your wasting your time filling in the seo meta description, it is broken.

              The good news now it seems this is no longer important, it would appear that when people find you in google that any text will suffice or to that effect.

              As you pointed out, the meta description shows up in the code just like it is supposed to.
              if you run a weebly blog page through a seo checker (such as MOZ) you will see that the meta description is blank, regardless of the code.

              Now don't jump on me, just putting that out there, your the expert and maybe know what that means more than I. but one would guess if multiple seo checkers are not seeing the meta in the code then it just may be possible nor is google and as such why EVERY weebly blog post has random meta description, mainly the first 150 odd chars, but not always.

              People see it as you will.

              Seems like the old story where people shoot the messenger is alive and well.

              I hope people have a nice and enjoyable relaxing day.

              the attached image shows weeblys blog in my first post as viewed with moz, you seen the code, all good yes, now look in a seo review with moz, it does not see it. this only happens with weebly blogs.

              But if you View the Page Source, You see this as the meta Description \/

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    I don't know anyone who uses Weebly for anything, let alone blogging, so telling me to look at any Weebly blog post is like asking me to say something to the next Martian I encounter.

    That said, I can only go by the one and only example you gave which was for https://www.weebly.com/blog/seo-basics

    I see the error in the code and it should be ridiculously easy to fix. They have put the following for the meta description HTML:

    <meta property="description" content="From keyword strategy, to basic page and site optimization, these SEO basics will help drive traffic to your website, blog or online store. " />

    The tag at the beginning should say <meta name="description" content=" ......"

    Again, I know nothing about Weebly. If it was a WordPress or practically any other kind of site, I would go in and change the code in the template file to fix that. Chances are, you don't have that kind of file access with Weebly.
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      I see the error in the code and it should be ridiculously easy to fix. They have put the following for the meta description HTML:

      <meta property="description" content="From keyword strategy, to basic page and site optimization, these SEO basics will help drive traffic to your website, blog or online store. " />

      The tag at the beginning should say <meta name="description" content=" ......"

      Again, I know nothing about Weebly. If was a WordPress or practically any other kind of site, I would go in and change the code in the template file to fix that. Chances are, you don't have that kind of file access with Weebly.
      You are correct, Dave, it took me weeks to see that there was an error, it then felt like it took me several more weeks to unravel where the error was, it then felt like it took me several weeks with Weebly who at first was the same as the responses from the initial posts in this forum "there is no error" there is nothing wrong response from Weebly.

      It took me showing them their own blog post which ironically was about the importance of the meta description in part, for them to finally see it was indeed an error. They were drinking cool aid from their own water fountain, while not understanding the very platform they were standing on was sinking.

      Weebly placed this in writing, so for those saying there is no error, even Weebly have admitted to it.

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      I've opened a ticket with our engineers so they can fix this. Thank you for catching that!
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      I just did not think the long time SEO people / experts here would also be so quick to jump and buck

      It was only after I was reading a few posts here where some people has said that using a Weebly blog was fine combined with Weebly not taking any further action on fixing this error that I even decided to post about it at all.

      Weebly I am sure would rather this left buried, it would be in the millions of blogs affected from day one and I am guessing they do not want these people to know about the error as I am sure many would be green.

      And I have literally read that many Weebly SEO guides from the so called experts and not one had even picked up on it. In the end there was one guy who claimed he knew about it, after he told me his blogs were fine, until I showed him they were not, but he said that he did not tell anyone?

      In regards your error report, this is what I sent them at the time

      one key difference and that was the store uses <meta name=description" content=" words" /> the same as pages that also work properly, this far only the blog uses <meta property=description" content=" words" />.
      which is what I sent them ages ago now, and matches your sightings.

      Anyway, all is good and no harm done it was probably the way I wrote the post that caused the confusion at the start of the thread, so I apologise for that confusion, I should have been clearer.
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Really, I think the main point people were trying to make here is that a meta description is not technically needed and does not directly affect SEO. There has been great debate here on the forum over whether to craft ones yourself or just let Google do their thing.

        The other point was that many, many times, Google will not use your meta description. They might for a few queries but they will often substitute their own one if the query is slightly different.

        If it bugs you that much, I'd switch platforms. All depending on the site and the page, we sometimes put our own meta description and sometimes we don't. More often than not, we leave them blank and let Google decide. We only put our own on a limited number of pages where we are really trying to target something, knowing that more than half the time, Google will use their own if the query is slightly different.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Sure Dave, things did seem to side track, and divert from the error. for the record I have stopped using weebly a long time ago, and only re started it a little while back to help a person when I noticed the error.

    As for the debate, I am not the expert as to whats best, so I wont get started on the debate and just keep doing what I have done, which works well for me. But as always always open to learning and understanding new things.

    Thanks
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