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Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website

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Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Maharg 6/4/13 8:36 AM
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: wolfys.co.uk

Google search for 'wolfys' comes up with "Wolfys games"
Until yesterday there was no description but a preliminary sitemap was uploaded and tested (still pending at time of posting)

The site has nothing whatsoever to do with games and the word 'games' does not appear on any page or file within the website.
This does not happen with Bing so why has Google done this ?

 



Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website ets 6/4/13 8:52 AM
Google can and does change the title if it thinks what you've done isn't helpful to a searcher, but different searchers may see different thing.

Google isn't Bing so you can't assume what goes for one goes for the other.

There's a quick explanation here:
http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/google-changed-my-title

Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website ets 6/4/13 9:04 AM
This Matt Cutts video will also fill you in on how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlJiLDn9-38

And, BTW, this has also been discussed in many other threads. See:


Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Maharg 6/4/13 9:09 AM
I have no problem with Google changing the title tag to better suit the content but there was no title to change !!

It's patently obviously that Google isn't Bing however Bing at least shows a sensible result i.e. just the domain name
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website ets 6/4/13 9:41 AM

Wolfys Games

A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt – learn more.


Suggests you were blocking access to the site (or at least the home page) with robots.txt, so I guess it just made it up a title as it saw fit (or used some back-history of the domain - who knows?). Anyway, as long as Google can crawl, it should quickly sort out to the proper title. I don't see any problem with your robots.txt file that would stop it now.

Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Been wrong before! 6/4/13 9:55 AM
http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy-ab&q=site:wolfys.co.uk&oq=site:wolfys.co.uk&gs_l=hp.12...10577.13570.1.15389.2.2.0.0.0.0.118.224.0j2.2.0...0.0...1c.1.15.psy-ab.Hovy4P6_6XE&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47244034,d.aWM&fp=ad746c489e9ddf9a&biw=805&bih=485

Your description is too long S/B approx 160 characters.
ets 6/4/13 10:01 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Maharg 6/4/13 11:29 AM
Not helpful - that is not the cause of the problem.  In any event the character count before yesterday was zero.

However it appears that the site is now being crawled.
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website ets 6/4/13 11:46 AM
What would you like help with? You want to know where "games" comes from? Probably old history for this domain name before you owned it, I would guess.
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Maharg 6/4/13 11:56 AM
Hi ets,

No help needed thanks, I gave way to an initial annoyance and because of a concerned customer, but everything should sort itself once the site is crawled.
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Been wrong before! 6/4/13 12:10 PM
Not helpful - that is not the cause of the problem.  In any event the character count before yesterday was zero.They will be truncated to about 160 when crawled.
They are also all the same description.

Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Maharg 6/5/13 10:05 AM
Yes indeed I know all this. The description used  was a panic measure. The site is wordpress based and currently without the planned SEO plugin installed I am only able to use one description for all pages.
In any event Google won't necessarily use the description meta !

In the meantime I have found the cause is due to the domain being used previously by a gaming company. Webmaster tools has revealed about 13 links to the domain all from gaming site forums.
I have now used the disavow tool to try and minimise the effect.

Hopefully by the end of next week I'll have performed some decent SEO curtesy of Yoast SEO plugin - unless of course you can suggest something better.
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Ashley 6/5/13 10:47 AM
Almost no links - and two that use "Wolfy's games" as the referrer
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Maharg 6/5/13 11:14 AM
Ashley please explain
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Ashley 6/5/13 12:58 PM
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Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website ets 6/5/13 1:44 PM
I think Ashley is saying there were links to your domain in the past using "Wolfy's games" as the link text, instead of "yum yum Wolfy's porridge, wolf it down guv'na" or whatever you would now prefer :) Google has remembered the old back-story of the domain and helpfully (unhelpfully) resurrected it - but it will soon disappear when your new work kicks into action.

Indeed, it is slipping into history as we (I) speak, because it now shows (for me):
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Maharg 6/6/13 2:56 AM
Hi Ets,

Yes indeed but my query was related to the quantity of links and referring domains. The numbers quoted were way out.
According to my Majestic SEO account
4 referring domains and 20 odd backlinks (not in my office so do not have the actual backlink figures to hand)

But never mind - I am glad to receive your heads up on the news !
Just looked myself - my client will be very pleased
Re: Google search has 'invented' a title/description of our website Barry Schwartz 6/6/13 5:45 AM
Did it fix itself?  See