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[resolved] Caption appearing in SERP snippet (21 posts)

  1. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I added captions to all my images, and realized that they now display at the front of the search snippet. Is there a way to fix this?

    Here's a sample link:


    Here's the text of the search snippet:

    LSAT 69, Section II, Logic Game 1, Manuscripts, Question 3 Explanation

    LG Game 1 Question 3 Explanation For local rule questions, you should always draw the new rule. Here’s what we get: Then ask yourself what ot ...


    "LG Game 1 Question 3 Explanation" is the caption, and I don't want it in the snippet. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


  2. Distiple
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am having the same issue, but with the image's filename being displayed.

  3. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Distiple, is the image filename appearing in Google's results as well? My site isn't indexed yet so I can't check.

  4. Distiple
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, thats exactly whats hapening

  5. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    When I checked the google index, the caption wasn't appearing. So false alarm in my case.

    Though as a bonus, the caption does appear if you search for terms that occur only in the caption.

  6. jrf
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @graemeblake - so it's ok now ? If so, could you please mark this topic as resolved ?

  7. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well, the Yoast preview isn't accurate for how Google typically displays the post. But everything displays in google fine. Yoast inaccurately includes the caption.

  8. Distiple
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My problem isnt with the Yoast preview, but with the search engine results themselves. Heres a screenshot, with the image name appearing in google: http://wordsandmusic.me/wp-content/uploads/General/google.jpg

  9. jrf
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok, I see. That still means on the WP SEO side of things, that the snippet could do with some improvement.
    I've opened an issue for this on the development website.

    It would be very useful to see several examples of the difference.

    Would you be willing to add to the issue by posting a few sets of example screenshots ? where:

    • the first is a screenshot of the WP SEO Metabox on the edit page/post screen and
    • the second screenshot is a screenshot of the actual search result for that page/post on google


  10. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, however my index status is still inconsistent as my site is new. I'm going to set a note to look at this again in two weeks, when my index status is hopefully stable and I can see the snippets. Right now I can't.

  11. jrf
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @graemeblake Okidoki, I look forward to the screenshots in a few weeks.

  12. Distiple
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @jrf, were you not replying to me?

  13. jrf
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Distiple, I was replying to the both of you ;-)

  14. Distiple
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Just making sure. here are the 2 screenshots you asked for. Can you please post them in the issue you opened?



    This is the only example I have for now, but I'll keep my eye out for more.

  15. jrf
    Posted 2 years ago #


    Thanks! I've linked the images into the issue. If you find any more, they are very welcome ;-)

  16. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok, I can see the snippets again. Some show caption, some don't.

    Also, some of the titles do not correctly appear in search results. When I view source on the page, the Plugin's title it within the <title> tags, but Google doesn't always use that title.

    Here are the screenshots.

    First one: Has caption, title didn't work

    Google: https://www.dropbox.com/s/opwv7gdineukq6p/1%20With%20Caption%2C%20improper%20title.png
    Plugin: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d4l30nu6gzaewfh/Snipper%20Preview%201.png

    Second one: no caption (which is good), title works


  17. jrf
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @graemeblake, Thanks for that! Added.
    I think the order got mixed up a bit in the dropbox upload, but I think I've managed to get it right in the GitHub issue ;-)

    If you find any more examples, they are certainly welcome!

  18. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ah, you're right, thanks!

    I'll monitor what Google does with them, and post more later if you'd like. There were quite a few other examples like this, however there were also many pages where it worked.

    I'm most concerned about the titles, as I believe that actually affects how Google would rank a page for SEO purposes. On Page, the titles display just fine. So on the RC example, the title in the source is <title>LSAT 69, RC, Passage 1 Explanation, Small Farms

  19. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    jrf, I figured out what was going on with the titles.

    They're under 70 characters. However, the SERP snippet has a width limit, not a character limit.

    So some of the titles were too wide. Rather than allow them to be truncated, the plugin displayed another, shorter title to Google.

    However, if I search for terms specifically in the longer title, a longer title gets displayed in Google.

    I'm a little confused on the specifics. Not sure if the plugin sent two titles to Google, and Google accepted both, then decided what to display based on search query.

    Also unsure which title tag is being used for on-page SEO calculations by Google.

    All the less wide titles display just fine. Hope that all makes sense.

  20. jrf
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi @graemeblake,

    I not completely sure I understand what you mean. You can always see what the real title/description is the plugin adds by looking at the html source of any page(/post) on your website. Is there a difference between what's displayed in the snippet and what's in the source code of a page ?

    Anyways, I've added your comment to the GitHub issue. Let's hope someone will be able to figure out what's going on.

  21. graemeblake
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've included some screenshots below. Some posts will display different titles depending on what was searched. I don't know which title tag Google is using to give the page an SEO grade.

    The page has this title:

    "LSAT 69, Reading Comprehension, Passage 1, Small Farms"

    That's too wide to display in the snippet. So, if there are no keywords, Google displays a shorter title, that looks like it was generated by Yoast, because it includes my sitename

    With no keywords entered: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dfsezsxy4r7bov2/Title%20was%20too%20long.png

    With keywords, part of the longer title is displayed:


    Going forward, I'm just going to use shorter titles. But, do you have any insight into what's going on here, and do you know which title Google would use for SEO purposes?

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