| 5:27 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I'm glad this go it's own thread - So here is an example on how to confirm if your site has been penalised by Penguin.
Let's say your website is www.mysite.com
Page Title - Visit my site - It's great
Type in your website into Goolge - mysite.com
If your website has an over optimisation penalty the serp will show your page title as "my site" or the word it feels you are over optimised for*
When in fact your actual page title is "Visit my site - It's great"
| 5:29 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I don't think so; Google's been changing page titles to suit the query for at least a couple years now. I have #1 rankings where they've changed the title tag. Infuriating, but I don't think it's a Penguin dropping. At least, it's not *only* a Penguin dropping.
| 5:41 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Guano. Like the SERPs.
| 5:48 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
The page on my website that I presume got #*$! on by Penguin has a completely different title tag than what's there.
eg: I did a search in Google for:
The title tag showing in the SERPS was changed to the keyword that I just searched for(not the title tag listed on the website)
However, I changed the title tag of my website a week or so ago, so Google may still be reflecting the old (optimized for the keyword) title tag.
When I do a search as described in OP's post for my home page, it's showing the proper title tag.
| 6:29 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Google has been changing titles for a while, for some pages. I have a Penguinized site that still shows my <title> in the serps, even when doing the search you describe.
| 7:18 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
When I do what you suggest, Google has indeed changed my title to the phrase that I optimize for. However, my site is sitting at #3 for that term so I think it's unlikely that I am being penalized.
| 10:39 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Shouldn't the noodp meta tag stop google from messing with your titles?
| 11:18 pm on May 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Not any more. That just prevents them from using the old DMOZ titles.