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DMOZ site title used in Google SERPS

Instead of <TITLE> title

     
5:14 pm on Jun 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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So, maybe this isn't news to everyone, but it's news to me:

I've just seen a site where the DMOZ title (ie DMOZ's idea of the name of the site) is being used in the Google SERPS (as the site's title, ie the text of the HTML link in the serps). This even though the site itself has something different in the <TITLE> tags of the page.

It's a site I know well, and no, the <TITLE> content hasn't changed recently (or ever, as far as I know).

Interestingly, DMOZ's title of the site is closer to the domain name than is the <TITLE> title - ie the situation is:
- home page <TITLE> is something like 'Widget World'
- domain name is like 'widgetshop.com'
- DMOZ title is 'Widget Shop', as is the Google title.
- Google description is the DMOZ description too (but this has been happening on some sites for a while).

Just a heads-up.

best, a.

NB: I don't mean that the site is literally called Widget Shop - potential confusion here because there is actually a site called that - but I'm not talking about that one, I'm just using widgets in place of the real product name, as usual. :)

8:51 pm on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've just seen a site where the DMOZ title (ie DMOZ's idea of the name of the site) is being used in the Google SERPS (as the site's title, ie the text of the HTML link in the serps). This even though the site itself has something different in the <TITLE> tags of the page.

Yeah, this has been going on for a while now - a month or two (or more? - time flies...). There are several existing threads on it.