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"-" appears in front of my websites name on Google

  • Hi! I am using the latest version of WordPress and the Mantra theme. My site just got indexed by Google and I see on their results page that my site has a ” – ” (a small line) sign in front of the title of my site… although in WordPress I never typed the title of the site this way… I don’t know how that sign entered there. It does not bother me too much but I don’t know about SEO. I think it is something related with the Mantra theme programming, a line of code that automatically inserts that in front of the title. I rechecked the Mantra options panel and does not say anything about this issue.

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  • It’s going to be something that needs to be adjusted in one of your theme files. This is the function you probably want to take a look at: Function Reference/wp title The hyphen is being used for the separator: Using Separator

    Try looking in /wp-content/themes/mantra/includes/theme-seo.php for the page meta title function or something similar.

    So that small line improve Seo or something?

    It’s pretty common to see a hyphen used as a separator between site title and post or page title. Lots of discussions and opinions on the topic.

    do separators in title tags affect seo

    Man but that hyphen appears in front of my site title not after… so what purpose that line could have??

    If you’re talking about the hyphen in the Site Title and you’re saying you didn’t add a hyphen in the Site Title under General Settings, then follow these steps to remove it:

    1. Go to the Appearance tab and click on Editor.

    2. Select “theme-seo.php” in the list on the right

    3. Find this line:

    $filtered_title = $title.’ – ‘.$site_name;
    It’s line 15 for me.

    3. Delete the hyphen, so it looks like this:

    $filtered_title = $title.’ ‘.$site_name;

    4. Update File

    The hyphen should be gone.

    I hope this helped. 🙂

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