joined:July 24, 2009
I have an issue with a network of sites that are all geo targeted. Each site seems to be configured correctly in WMT for the local geo that matches it's ccTLD.
The first issue was that Google was caching the wrong version of many of the sites (e.g. example.com.ar might have been the cached site for example.com.ve) I found that all of the sites that were getting confused in the cache had the exact same title, say "Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More - Example.com". In addition to the cache issues, sometimes the wrong ccTLD was ranking e.g example.com.ve would rank #1 in google.com.ar for the query "example", rather than example.com.ar ranking in google.com.ar
I thought to solve this by making the titles unique so example.com.ar might get changed to "Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More - Example.com Argentina" and example.com.ve might be "Red Widgets, Blue Widgets, and More Widgets - Example.com Venezuela".
Not only has this not solved the caching issue, but now Google is changing the way the title shows in the SERPS from "Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More - Example.com Argentina" to "Example.com Venezuela - Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More". So not only are they moving the order of the words around in the title display from what's in the title tag but also changing the word Argentina to Venezuela in the .com.ar title.
I've seen a similar example where related sites had titles like
Blue Widget Subscriptions | Blue Widget Club
Red Widget Subscriptions | Red Widget Club
and all of the sites except the first one were having their titles changed in the SERPS to
Blue Widget Club - Red Widget Subscriptions | Red Widget Club
In that case making the titles more unique fixed the issue but not in this case.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.