HTML Tables Showing in Google Snippets

Nov 14, 2011 • 8:59 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Spotted by +Wissam Dandan, Google seems to be some what handling HTML structures in the display of the snippets, search descriptions.

If you search for [bruceclay search operators] and look at the BruceClay newsletter result, you will see Google has an unusual snippet:

Google Tables Snippet

It looks like Google is trying to figure out the make up of the old fashion HTML tables to show the snippet in a table format.

Here is where Google is pulling the snippet from:

Google Tables Snippet HTML

I am not 100% sure that this is new but I don't remember seeing anything like this before.

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Jaan Kanellis

11/14/2011 06:05 pm

This is the same thing Google is trying to do with those bulleted snippets.  Pulling from structured, ordered  data on your site

Roie S

11/15/2011 07:13 am

Yeah, HTML tables are it right now! Go Google...


11/16/2011 04:28 am

I was going through the source code of the page and found that, they are using HTML attribute  [summary="advanced search engine operators">] in the TABLE tag. You will see a similar snippets in search descriptions, if you search for "Yahoo feature search engine operators" in Google. Not sure if the HTML attribute [ summary="xxxxxx" ] is triggering it.

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