joined:Dec 31, 2004
Interested in what causes this....
Our own website greenwidgets.com is listed in google as "Green Widgets Today" yet nowhere in the code for the home page does it say Green Widgets Today. The correct title in the site code is "Green Widgets, Types of Widgets all at low prices"
The only connection is links on other sites / social media that may refer to the site as "Green Widgets Today" - so clearly we are going back to the "George Bush - miserable faliure" days becuase of what a few social links say about your site.
Secondly, a specialist section of this site (and popular search term) about "Large Ugly Varses" has a code title tag of "Large Ugley Varses on Sale" yet the search title in google delivers results and changes our sites title tag to "Large ugley Varses - Green Widgets Today" in its listing, again this isn't in the site code either - but google has decided for itself it prefers this less effective title.
And finally... i have also noticed that where we have say a lot of stock of a certain item i.e "1-30 vases of 1256" the description detail when someone looks for "Ugley Green Varses" would start in google as "1-30 vases of 1256..ugley green varses at Green Widgets Today"
For some reason Google wants to list numbers, yet these numbers keep changing. The numbers themselves are taken from the bottom of the web pages. So the bot has decided that the numbers are more relevent to the search term that the meta description on the page written by the webmaster, yet they are not.
This means that my listing is less effective in google because rather than the result starting with "Ugley Green Varses" it starts with a number in a lot of cases
Google has decided to do this itself when Panda went live, im wondering if this is hand editing or if its something in the algo (more likely) that makes it believe that this makes the results better?
Is their anyway to stop Google changing your title tags in its listing? or anything i can do to alter this?. When Google used DMOZ descriptions, you could at least add a "No ODP" on your page - now google just lists it how it wants to based on what it thinks is more effective. In relation to the numbers issue, Im thinking of changing the numbers to images to stop it being able to display results in this way.
Any thoughts / experiences of this?