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Stop G from changing title

9:29 pm on Feb 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am trying to optimize the title and meta-description on certain pages. Google is changing the title and the snippet for the meta-description. Does anyone know how to tell them to stop doing that? Is there some kind of code we can put in there that says use our title? Its so frustrating to try and optimize a page and then see they've used some screwball combination.
10:27 pm on Feb 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We've discussed it here many times since Google first started the practice. No one has anything that works - especially not a tag, Google's offering nothing like that.

A longer title (more in the area of 60 characters) seems to stand a better chance of not being changed, as long as its relevant to the query. But it's certainly not a guarantee.
11:14 pm on Feb 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The only time G seems to change any of my titles etc are on semi-generic widget pages, pages I have that are totally focussed to that widget have not been changed...so far.

That's the problem with their algo, it doesn't comprehend the subtle nuances of written suggestion/hyperbole.