joined:Jan 5, 2003
I've exhausted all angles I can think of here -- need some help.
Ex: Red Widgets - City - Example.com
Google is rewriting the title after Widgets. Normally this wouldn't be strange, but there doesn't appear to be a reason for it in this instance other than Google thinking we are IN that city. The search term has nothing to do with the City, I am not searching from that city, the search location is not set to it, nothing with search history should localize results (and there are no other results targeting that city), it is not included in the meta title, and no external links are known to target the term.
The page that ranks is a Red Widgets page, and is the correct page, but is not a page that is dedicated to Red Widgets in City. There is a single reference to the city on that page, however, it is in a list with dozens of others cities nationwide.
Checking competitors rankings, there are a few others that appear in a similar way for this term, but for other cities, and they are all located in those cities, have a phone number with the area code of that city, or appear to target widgets in those cities. We do none of those. Our address is not on the page (and the one on the site is not that city or state), the phone number is a 1-800, and everything is targeting nationwide.
I'm researching other terms, but I've yet to run into another result like this for the large amount of keywords we target. I'd have to imagine that some do exist though, as I can't see Google only applying this to one term if they do in fact think we are located in that city.
What else could possess Google to think that we are in that city?