MikeNoLastName - 5:12 am on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
--"my images are hot linked all over the place and they rank great in image search". It sounds like that hot linking won't help you now. It may be time to reign in your bandwidth costs and prevent image hot linking if you had done it for image search. --
We have the same problem. 70% of our "page visits" from Google, are actually "accidental" image hits on things as distantly related to our site content as mudpies are to gourmet dining.
--I really dislike that Google takes the liberty of rewriting Titles to appear in the SERPs as what they believe is more accurate or preferable. --
In our experience lately, if you go to webmaster tools and resubmit the page, the rewritten titles go away, at least temporarily... but I wonder how this comtributes to duplicated content penalties. I'm assuming (from some experience) that these "rewrites" are what show up when you come up at the top of search results and they show your top sub-section pages as a group, but we've also found that most of them are ALSO indexed under the correct title.
--The worrisome thing is if this is controlled by testers, what happens when they assign chocolate to Hershey's? Books to amazon.com? I just don't see the vital program as being properly supervised to prevent this type of mess.--
Heh, I saw a perfect example of this. A site which TRIES to pass itself off as the "OFFICIAL TOURISM BUREAU" for a city (but defintiely is NOT), was apparently manually reviewed and fooled the reviewers and now occupies the top spot for that city search.
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