Msg#: 4662639 posted 11:46 am on Apr 14, 2014 (gmt 0)
I think the change of title is connected with a query and not whether the keywords are separated by the pipe |
I had Google changing keywords where I used hyphen too.
You can try to change your title as you suggested (Big Shiny Red Widgets At The Cheapest Price ) and see what happens. But I think Google will still change the title anyway.
Note that after you change the title, it may take few weeks for Google to start changing title. I did notice when the title is changed, for a while Google displays it as is. It is almost as it needs to re-asses the page which may take the time.
I've been watching this closely. Starting on Friday the 11th, Google indeed seems to have made a big change in how they handle title display. We take SERP screencaptures every day of the same 10 terms. The title display was consistent for pages in the SERPS for months and then on the 11th many were different. When i compare Thursday to Friday there are 3-4 titles for each term that changed overnight.
As mentioned, it's nothing new that Google is altering display title from what is in the HTML, but it seems whatever mechanism they use to determine display was adjusted around the 11th of April and they're doing this more aggressively now.
I came here to post and ask myself, so comforting to know that others are seeing this as well. We'll need to keep testing to find out how we can fix in a scaleable way.
One of my clients just had the title of the home page changed from the company name to a poor description of the page. I am still investigating this but it is frustrating that Google decides that the site can't name it's own pages