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Actually, the answer above is incorrect. You would need to read the question carefully. In this case, the title tag is too long and Google decided to use what it determines as a brand which is simply the domain name without the TLD. I detailed the process in this answer: My title tag doesn't appear to be getting crawled by Google properly But I will ...


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I would think neither would make a difference except for preference. Search engines are looking at word boundries (programming term) when parsing a string and would not recognize these characters as either a word nor a part of an HTML tag and likely will ignore them completely. From an SEO perspective, they would likely be totally ignored. [Update] It ...


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Bare with me. I will explain what changes Google has made followed by how Google decides how to make the SERP link and what specifically happened in your case. Google has been changing the look and feel of the SERPs since March 2014 with the hopes of improving the user experience and click-through rates (CTR). It is believed that changing the SERP look and ...


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For HTML5, there is no title metadata name. You may only use values defined in the HTML5 spec or registered in the WHATWG wiki, and as title is not registered, you can’t have an element like: <meta name="title" content="…"> <!-- invalid in HTML5 --> In HTML 4.01, you may use any value (there is no registry): <meta name="title" content="…"&...


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Yes, <meta name="title" ../> is superfluous. It is clear, after reading the HTML specification of the meta tag: The meta element represents various kinds of metadata that cannot be expressed using the title, base, link, style, and script elements. So the meta title doesn't provide any additional information to the title tag, and it is not even ...


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Your h1 is likely not the culprit, but let's find out First of all, I'd wait about 2 weeks before doing anything. Google just finished rolling out their November spam update. SERPs are a bit volatile at the moment. Sit tight until the dust settles. Below is all you need to think about when writing title tags and h1's. Do this and your meta data should be ...


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No, it does not influence in ranking, because that pages is not indexed at all, also it does not harmful for your site in some ways, but if you are placing too many noindex tags, then those pages will kept some PageRank or JuicyRank. Most of webmaster including me using noindex tag on specific directory, that have no quality content for example, list of ...


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I contacted John Mueller at Google about this issue. He had his team take a look at it and got back to me with the answer. The word "behance" is coming from an SVG image on your page. The image is https://onceuponafoodblog.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-social-icons/symbol-defs.svg and it has a number of <title> elements in its source code, the ...


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Better question would be: Are two words a relevant pagetitle to that page? It's a bit minimal, but if relevant, it's no problem. But I dont think it can be very relevant with only two words.


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Radiom is not a term. Radio is. Google is using n-gram analysis and term ontologies trying to understand your domain name for semantic value. The best it can come up with is radio and M. If, for example, radiom was a strong brand, then the result would be different. Google uses more than one ontology to understand domain names including an ontology of brand ...


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If it’s only colon vs. pipe: Use the pipe. 1. The colon might (more) often be part of the page title. It might be confusing to have two colons. Example for an article called "Top 10: Songs": Example.com: Top 10: Songs It seems as if "Top 10" would be some kind of second-level category here. 2. The site title should come after the page title. The colon ...


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Only regard to branding. Otherwise, it does not matter. For example, if you are trying to brand the website, meaning you want the domain name to be recognizable as a brand, then yes. Put it in. Otherwise there is no real value that I can see. Branding a website is to connect the website name to perceived value. For example stackexchange.com has a reputation ...


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This is an easy one. Your title tag is too long. Prior to the recent Google font size change in the SERPs, the rule was to have a title tag no longer than 55 characters. With the font change, I am assuming about 45 characters, though that may not be a precise answer. If a title tag is too long, Google will make one up. You want to avoid this as much as ...


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Google maintains a list of all the meta tags that it uses. It lists the <title> tag (although it notes that it is technically not a meta tag). It does not list <meta name="title"> tags. Most websites rank very well without meta tags named "title". I've never used such a tag myself before. Your use of a meta title tag would be ignored by ...


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If you go to Google Search Console website, click on Crawl, the Fetch as Google you can order the page on your website that you are updating to be indexed. From that point, as of the date of this writing, it has been taking between one and 16 days for Google to carry out the indexing. This is based on about 60 pages that I have been modifying during the ...


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It seems to have to do with duplication of words in the Title. I ran a screaming frog of your site and noticed many Titles have the same words repeated. Take a look at this search: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=designmynight&oq=designmynight+&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l5.9033j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=designmynight+mexican+and+tequila+...


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You should also consider bookmarking and tabs Imagine if webmasters.stackexchange.com just had the title Webmasters. You go to bookmark it and would quickly forget what it is. From a User Experience point of few that's a problem. Or imagine if every /about.html was titled "About Us." Talk about a nightmare! So, are there any reasons to put the the brand ...


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I would go with some version of option #1 because its clean and consistent which will help with click through rate. Whenever you are dealing with titles, think about the best way to quickly convey to the person what the page is about. For SEO I would focus on local. For your home page I would do something like "Dog Grooming - City, State | Example Dog ...


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Proper selection of title / url permalink does make a difference to your seo rankings as the title / url put a strong emphasis on what the content of the page looks like and it should ideally match the content of your page as crawler is intelligent enough to identify the title you are giving to your page and content on that page. These matters for most of ...


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Set the title as a variable and pass it to your include: <?php $page_title = 'Welcome to my site'; include("PHP/header.php"); ?> Then inside your header PHP you can use that variable. Here I'm using htmlspecialchars to ensure that <>& are properly escaped if they are used in the title. <title><?php echo htmlspecialchars($...


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All HTML specifications define the title element as specifying a title for the page. It’s still OK to include a site name in the title element content, if that content as a whole works as a title for the page. For example, if a page contains a product catalog of the ACME corporation, then <title>Products of ACME</title> would be OK.


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Yes, it happens sometimes, Google picks up the best title from your site and shows it in Google Search results. I've already asked this question on another forum. For example when I search for "Four Percent Group" in Google...it shows results as in the snapshot below... But the title tag is "Four Percent Group | Four Percent Group Review | ...


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Google uses the titles and descriptions found in your webpages to display a title and description in the snippet it returns in its search results, as illustrated in number 1 below: If titles and descriptions are duplicates from page to page, then search results will appear the same to users. Therefore, Google requires them to be unique. To remove these ...


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In terms of keywords contained domain names: As covered here in more detail, domains that contain keywords (aka., "Exact Match Domains") are no longer given more weight by search engines like Google, unless associated with common brand names. ccLTDs such as .co.uk are also not considered keywords, though they do help specify regionalism and target ...


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From the Google's support page you can find that Page titles should be descriptive and concise. Avoid vague descriptors like "Home" for your home page, or "Profile" for a specific person's profile A title tag is the most important tag in your page. It tells the search engines what your page is about so avoid two word title for your page. But there ...


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I can't really speak for Yahoo but in case of Bing, submit request about "Outdated cache removal" Read more about this here: http://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/bing-content-removal-tool-cb6c294d Please note, that all search engines eventually crawl over your web pages again. It's just a matter of time.


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Caching is done on the search engine's servers, so there isn't much you can do about it. it is outside your direct control since you are at the mercy of specific search engines re-indexing you. You can (and should) sign up for Bing and Google webmaster tools (Yahoo is part of Bing's tools). This will give you an opportunity to let them know you've updated ...


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Google has found that CTR(s) increase with site branding and because Google gauges user satisfaction through CTR, Google sees site branding as a positive thing for it's business. As part of the recent SERP redesign, Google made some changes that includes site branding for shorter title links as an effort to add value. I can understand the heartburn this ...


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Bing may change titles in their SERPs (Just like Google). See Bing’s blog post How Does Bing Choose The Title For My Web Page?: Sometimes, despite a webmaster’s best efforts, Bing may choose to serve a title that is different to the title of a web site or document. Why "My social networks"? Maybe because it is your first heading on the homepage, which ...


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