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how can i change my site title and desciption in google (10 posts)

  1. theseeder
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello, if I look for my site in Google it eventually shows up looking extremely boring (see below).

    footynews.net
    Interested in writing for FootyNews? If so, email us. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. ...
    http://www.footynews.net/

    How can I change the site title and description

    Ideally I would like to say

    FootyNews.net - Your Number 1 Source of Football News
    FootyNews aims to keep you up-to-date with all of the latest football news, fixtures, results, rumours, goal videos and much, much more...

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can't dictate what Google does, or doesn't show, in it's result listings. It might help if your site had a proper meta title(hint: try adding a site name & description in Settings->General). You might also want to look at installing an SEO plugin.

  3. theseeder
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi, thanks for the quick reply, a site tile and tagline helped me, however that i now have large text over my header image... you can see what i mean here http://www.footynews.net

  4. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Google picks up your title and description from your page that that is dynamically created by wordpress.

    For your home page you need put your Title and description in Settings>>> General

    There a code in header.php that adds title and description depending on how your theme header.php is coded.

    If you can paste your header.php code in http://wordpress.pastebin.com submit and paste url here so that check see if it coded to add title.

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Try adding:

    header h1, #header h2 {
    position:absolute;
    top:-9000px;
    left:-9000px;
    }

    to the bottom of style.css. Your theme's header.php template file also needs amending to give you a better meta-title on your home page.

  6. theseeder
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

  7. theseeder
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hello esmi, adding that code hid the description, however the site title still overlaps the header, you can see what i mean here... http://www.footynews.net

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sorry - typo:

    #header h1, #header h2 {
    position:absolute;
    top:-9000px;
    left:-9000px;
    }
  9. theseeder
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    that's great esmi, thanks for the help. Out of interest is that code telling the header image to come forward or sending the text to the background.

    (my knowledge is not great so it may not mean any of this lol)

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's pushing the text off the graphical screen/viewport - right over to the left and above. Google, in comparison, doesn't use a graphical browser. It "reads" the markup on the your pages, so it will "see" the header text as if it was simply on the page.

    It's a neat trick but it should be used with caution. Over-use it and Google might think you were trying to spam it.

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