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Page Titles & Desciprtions Not Updating – Please Help

  • Hi,

    Firstly I need to state that I know this is probably a fault with my theme but if I don’t post here I will not be able to find out what I need to change.

    The plug-in does not update my homepage or page titles and descriptions.

    Can anyone tell me what I should be checking for in my theme?

    Any trouble shooting tips?

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  • I understand the first place to look is the header.php so I have pasted what mine contains.

    http://pastie.org/1888582

    Any ideas?

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk

    @joostdevalk

    You should change what’s inbetween those <title> tags to simply this:

    <title><?php wp_title(''); ?></title>

    Also these two lines:

    <meta name="keywords" content="<?php wp_title(); echo ' , '; bloginfo( 'name' ); echo ' , '; bloginfo( 'description' ); ?>" />
      <meta name="description" content="<?php wp_title(); echo ' | '; bloginfo( 'description' ); ?>" />

    should be removed from your theme entirely.

    Hi Joost Many thanks for the answer, I am coding it now.

    I will see how Google reads it and report back.

    Thanks again.

    Hi Joost, this has fixed my title duplication issue, I will give Google some time to update to see if the meta description issue has been corrected.

    One question: How will I know that my keywords are working correctly and being read by Search Engines?

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk

    @joostdevalk

    you won’t, meta keywords are useless.

    Hi Joost.

    Google has now updated my titles and descriptions. The title is now correct.

    But the description is incorrect.

    Google has used “page title + WordPress site description”

    So this is the snippet of what is should be:

    http://i.imgur.com/mcuCW.png

    And This is what Google displays:

    http://i.imgur.com/PJ3xB.png

    This is how my Header.php now looks:

    http://pastie.org/1896394

    Any ideas what could be going wrong?

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk

    @joostdevalk

    You didn’t remove the following from your header.php as I told you above:

    <meta name="keywords" content="<?php wp_title(); echo ' , '; bloginfo( 'name' ); echo ' , '; bloginfo( 'description' ); ?>" />
        <meta name="description" content="<?php wp_title(); echo ' | '; bloginfo( 'description' ); ?>" />

    Once you remove that you should be OK.

    Sorry I misunderstood, will do it now.

    Thank you

    Hi Joost, sorry to bother you.

    I still must have something wrong in header.php the descriptions will not update on Google.

    Header.php – http://pastie.org/1904540

    Any thoughts?

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk

    @joostdevalk

    I’m guessing you’ll need to wait a few days for Google to update the index for you.

    You guessed right.

    Everything seems to be running smoothly, thanks for your time Joost.

    You know your stuff!

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk

    @joostdevalk

    Thanks for updating, glad to hear it works ok now.

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