Google shows the wrong meta description for my site

With Yoast SEO and Yoast SEO Premium, you can craft excellent meta descriptions for your blog posts. But sometimes Google has a mind of its own. In some cases, it may decide to show a search result snippet that does not match what you’ve written. In this article, we list the possible causes of this issue.

NOTE: If you need help with titles, use this guide: Google shows wrong titles for my site.

Possible causes

Source code is wrong

The source code for your site should contain exactly one description meta tag. If the tag is missing or if more than one appears, you may not see the preferred description in search engines. Please view the source code for your site to determine if either of these situations apply.

<meta name="description" content="Preferred description goes here"/>

If you do not see a description meta tag, please follow the steps in this article.

If you have more than one description meta tag, please run a conflict check to determine what other feature on your site outputs the duplicate description(s).

Search term manipulation

If you searched for SEARCH TERM, Google scans all indexed pages for the exact term or phrase. Google uses the search term to highlight information in search results which is why the meta description is different than what you entered into the plugin.

To see the meta description without search term manipulation, use the site: search operator followed immediately by the URL of your site. A search for all pages on without search term manipulation would be

Google cache is outdated

If you’ve recently updated your description, Google probably hasn’t indexed the new description yet. It can take up to a week for Google to index the changes you made, depending on how often your website is crawled.

If you type, in Google, cache: followed immediately by the URL of your site or page, you’ll see what Google has cached for your site. If the appeared date is before you made the changes, we’ll have to wait for Google to crawl your site again. Sometimes you can speed up this process with the Inspect any URL tool in Google Search Console.

Search engines ignored your preferred meta description

Ultimately search engines will, as you have seen, make the final decision on what they show in their search results. Due to this being handled on Google’s end, there is little you can do to force Google to display the preferred description. The best advice we can provide, unfortunately, is to try different descriptions. This article provides advice on creating the right description for your site.

If you do change your description, be sure to use the Inspect any URL tool in Google Search Console to update Google’s index with the new change.

Sometimes this same issue can happen with titles. Learn more about it here: Google shows wrong title for my site.