Descriptions not being used??

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Why are my descriptions not showing up on my page: I've tried tried many different ways to search for my page on google and found my page, but when my page shows up in the search results, the keywords and descriptions never show up.
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Christopher Chang

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Hello Christopher,

When I Google your site, your descriptions do come up:

However, I'm going to refer you to one of my colleagues for a more definite answer as she knows more about SEO than I do. Apologies for the delay in the meantime.
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Google generally doesn't display the keywords and description you've put when you search for your site. Instead it displays what it thinks is the most relevant text on your website. (This is so spamming websites can't have Google display whatever they want.)

But don't delete those keywords or descriptions, as they do impact your site ranking.

You may want to try using the Google Webmaster tools.

I hope that helps!
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Hello Christopher,
I have taken a look at the descriptions that display on the search engine results pages for your site. Some of them do display what you currently have as your meta description, such as the "About Us" page, and some do not. It looks to me like you had a different description for some of your pages at one point, and that is what was indexed and is currently showing. The cached version of your site is from March 6th, so if you have made changes since then to the meta values, that is why they are not showing in the SERP.

When the search engine spiders your site again and sees that there are changes to the meta values, they will most likely change this in their index as well. I will agree with Parthiv and say that sometimes the search engine won't display what you have as your meta description tag in the SERP and will pull relevant data from the page, but if your description is descriptive of the page and not terribly long there is a good chance this is what will be displayed.

I think this will just take a bit of time for the search engine to come back and see there are changes.

Hope that helps!