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My Title Has Changed

Google changed my title

8:50 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I couldnt find a thread on this - perhaps this is old news but when I type my website name in Google (without the .com and with no spaces) my title in the search results only shows my website name. My title has never been changed. If you click the result and go to my site its the same title its been for years.

Have you guys seen this or tried it?

I have another site at a different hosting company doing the same thing. I do theorically have the sites crosslinked. One says "owned by corporatename" and on the other site I am selling one of their products. I guess that is bad.

Both site names are completely original and made up. Not keyword domains.

6:09 pm on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This means none of your content is being indexed. It sounds like you are either being penalised for something, like duplicate content or you have requested the pages are not to be indexed via robot.txt or metatags. Google is acknowledging the existence of the page, but not bothering to spider the content.
8:43 pm on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I noticed similar thing. my site is not banned, it ranks properly. the title looked like anchor text.
11:42 pm on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I too have seen the same thing. 'I'd tested it over and over again and always found that it was dependent on what exactly I typed in as a Search Word or Phrase. My Home Page title is my own unique phrase and typing in ONLY the Main Name of my Site for which it's well known brings back as you say, only that same exact Name as part of the Search Result's title.

Regardless, it doesn't at all seem to be any sort of penalisation on my end.

12:19 am on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think google now uses the Dmoz description when you type your company name.
1:24 am on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just read a similar thread at another forum. I guess this has been happening for sometime now. It is the same anchor text as dmoz, however, this doesnt happen to everyone. It is certainly odd and a pain.
6:16 am on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes, Dmoz for sure.

it seems that if your search query resembles the DMOZ title more than your own page title, Google Serps will show the Dmoz title for your DMOZ listing.

Welcome back Dmoz ;)

7:43 am on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, I thought you meant your listing was just showing your url as title.... dah!

7:59 am on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes its picking dmoz title and description since two months now.
5:13 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My website moved from my own flowery sales pitch of a description to the more prosaic DMOZ description a couple of months ago as did the two competitors of mine that also appeared on Google's first page under our search term.

Today I noticed that the other two sites had reverted back to their original descriptions whilst I am still stuck with the boring DMOZ description.

Both of the other two use the same rather expensive SEO firm whilst I'm out on a limb as a one man band and I wonder whether that is a co-incidence or has anyone heard of a way around the DMOZ title as I know that it is currently costing me in terms of click through.

5:43 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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