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[resolved] Google duplicating title and dsiplaying site menu (6 posts)

  1. ourworldmyeye
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I recently launched this site and installed this great plugin (which I have used fine on other sites). Followed the Yoast guide to setting it up etc and have since searched mnay forums to try and resolve my issue - but hitting a dead end.

    Google is displaying my results like this:

    Home•John House PhotographyJohn House Photography | Fine Art ...
    http://www.johnhouse.co.uk/
    John House Photography. Main menu. Skip to content. Home · Portfolio · News · Biography · Blog · Contact. FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN HOUSE ...

    I think I have set everything up correctly and the snippet preview for this page suggests the listing should be like this:

    John House Photography • Fine Art Photography
    http://www.johnhouse.co.uk/ - Cached
    Portfolio site for Photographer John House. View latest work, news and updates as well as the archive of projects and exhibitions.

    I have made sure the title settings in the header are correct and everything else looks like it is set up fine. Using the theme Portfolio Press, latest version of WP and the site in question is http://www.johnhouse.co.uk

    Any suggestions as to what might be conflicting? I have no other SEO plugins installed.

    Many thanks in advance!

    John

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/

  2. When did you install the plug-in? Google last spidered your homepage on May 8, 2012, so if you installed the SEO plug-in after that, you'll just need to wait until Google revisits your site.

    That said, unfortunately you can't force Google to use a meta description vs. some other text on your site. Its own algorithm chooses what to display as the snippet.

  3. I had a peek in your cached code and see that although the Yoast SEO plug-in was installed when Google last visited your site, you had no meta description set at that moment. You'll therefore need to wait until Google revisits your site, hopefully it'll pick up your revised title and meta description at that point.

    http://support.google.com/webmasters/?hl=en

  4. ourworldmyeye
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Zoonini

    I installed the plugin a few days ago - so you are probably right!

    Funny enough, I thought of that but looked in webmaster tools and the dates there suggested it had been spidered today which prompted me to ask.

    Thank you for the info about the snippet too - the site is only a temp version (to coincide with an exhibition) - so I need to populate it with better tailored info anyway.

  5. Funny enough, I thought of that but looked in webmaster tools and the dates there suggested it had been spidered today which prompted me to ask.

    Perhaps Google spidered some interior pages of your site - but maybe it didn't revisit your homepage since it was just there a few days ago.

    Good luck!

  6. Joost de Valk
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for your help here zoonini!

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