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Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ?

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Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? zenfrog 7/16/09 10:11 AM
Hello I have a question about Google rewriting my Title Tag descriptions on my pages, this has never happened before now and my sites been indexed for at least 5 years. If you look at the title on http://www.animationarena.com/best-animation-schools.html it’s “Best Animation Schools” but when you search in Google the Title shows up as Schools that teach Flash - Best Animation Schools  and this page has nothing to do with Flash Animation Schools, Why would google do this?
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? Ashley 7/16/09 10:34 AM
title tags or meta descriptions?

Google will sometimes use text that it finds more relevant to the query/site.

It is kind of weird because it kept your title, but added to it though. Hrm, maybe Google is trying to be helpful? Maybe lots of users are searching for Flash and Animation interchangeably?
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? zenfrog 7/16/09 10:48 AM
But adding "Schools that teach Flash" is pretty random the word Flash is only mentioned twice on the page and its never mentioned with the words “schools” or “teach”.

Is there anything I can do about this?
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? Ashley 7/16/09 10:52 AM
I saw you have noodp tag on your page. Do you have your site with that particular title on any other pages/directories?

it is a little strange. I don't know if you can fix it. My best recommendation would be to make sure that you code is as clean and lean as possible just to help make sure there aren't any mistakes and Google has to try and fill in gaps - but that isn't a direct answer.
http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.animationarena.com%2Fbest-animation-schools.html+&charset=(detect+automatically)&doctype=Inline&group=0

Hopefully some of the other folks around here have a better answer for you. Sorry! :)
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? John 7/16/09 10:59 AM
Flash is mentioned in some of the external links to the page, google may have taken that as a signal to rewrite the title...

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGklEeal9K5F0BhWdXNyoA?p=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.animationarena.com%2Fbest-animation-schools.html+flash&y=Search&fr=&fr2=sb-top&sao=1

Not sure about changing it though.
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? zenfrog 7/16/09 11:17 AM
Is there noway to take this up with google?
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? John 7/16/09 11:18 AM
This is it.


Q: How can I contact someone at Google about my site's performance?
A:
 Our forum is the place to do it! Googlers regularly read the forum, investigate the issues that you report, and—to the extent possible—reply to posts. We do not offer phone or email support for webmaster issues at this time. Please don't write "Hey [insert Googler's name]! HELP!!!" These posts are less likely to get our attention (because, let's face it, would you really want to see a whole forum filled with subject lines like that?). Including your URL in your post, and showing that you've made an effort to read our documentation (Help Centerblog, FAQs) before posting, is more likely to get you a response.
http://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq--crawling--indexing---ranking/#contact-google


Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? luzie 7/16/09 11:47 AM
Hi zenfrog,

It would seem that Google feels the title "Best Animation Schools" is too short or too unspecific and tries to "improve" that.

>>> Is there anything I can do about this?

I don't know --- but I think you could think of something more specific and longer than just "Best animation schools", I guess this would probably prevent Google from inventing it's own thing?

-luzie-
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? zenfrog 7/16/09 11:48 AM
Thanks Ashley and John

Hopefully someone from google sees this post and could give there insight, because every one I’ve talked to about this issue doesn’t know what’s going on, everyone just says “that’s weird”.
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? Thomas P. 7/16/09 12:03 PM
Excuse me, - but I'm seeing the title in Google as “Best Animation Schools”.
I tried it on Google TLD's: .dk, .com, .co.uk
All same.
 
 
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? Ashley 7/16/09 12:27 PM
Hm. Data center issue? I still see it with the Google added title.
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? JohnMu 7/16/09 3:52 PM
Hi Zenfrog
There are certain situations where we'd replace a title in search results (as is happening here), for example if we find that the same title is used on a number of pages or if the title is otherwise not that good (eg "Home"). It looks like in this case we chose a weird title -- I've passed it on to the team so that they can take a look and adjust things if possible.

Thanks for posting!
John
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? wladiwostok 8/22/09 1:31 AM
Zenfrog - Why not open a Google Ranking Account? All the answers are there.
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? ts590 1/19/10 7:07 AM
I have a similar issue and was hoping it could be looked into. The site http://www.wheels.ca/ shows up in search results pages with a title which reads "World of Wheels" which is not the title tag of the page. Their is an incorrect DMOZ listing for wheels.ca which is entered as World of Wheels which is actually a sister publication. I have sent a note to the directory requesting that the listing be edited.

The issue occurs when searches for "wheels" related terms are performed. Can this be avoided?
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? Ashley 1/19/10 7:18 AM
Hi ts590 - it would be better to start your own thread (this thread is from last July and focuses on someone else's site).

wladiwostok -
the Google Ranking Account is PURE RUBBISH created by a 3rd party SEO company. This forum is to volunteer to help users with Google issues, not to promote hack SEO services. Even more crap as these "suggestive" blog comments with references to GRA can be found all over the web. I hope http://best-seo-optimization-tips.com (notice the site isn't even loading now) gets a big fat kick to the curb from the algorithms......
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? ts590 1/19/10 8:08 AM
Will do. Thanks, Ashley.
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? Marketraise 2/1/10 10:50 AM
Hi Ashley !
Thanks for reply,
Google already crawled my website but still not showing the title in search results for "marketraise" this keyword only.
For remaining keywords in meta, title and remaining..... it shows the proper title tag in search results.
I am having problem with "marketraise" this keyword only.
can you please tell me how can i fix this?
Re: Why is Google rewriting my Title Tags ? Ashley 2/1/10 11:08 AM
Why are you replying in this thread versus the thread you started?