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  • Resolved djzebbie


    WordPress version: 3.4.1 (MultiSite)
    WordPress SEO version:
    I did this: Customized a post title to fit/appear better in the search engines.
    I expected the plugin to do this: Display the post title as it appears in the search engines the same way in the title bar.
    Instead it did this: Displayed the post title as I had typed it, but with my blog title written twice.

    I wrote up and posted a dummy post just to demonstrate, and have included screenshots as well. All my posts (which are so far in the queue) look this way for some reason (when I preview).

    In the dummy post I entered, manually, “Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet – Pop Psych” and in the snippet preview, it looks exactly how it’s written on the tin. However, when I published the post, the title bar reads, “Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet – Pop PsychPop Psych” and looks awful. I can’t figure out how to fix this, and I’m sure it’s a problem I’m having with WP SEO, because I started off just disabling that one plugin, and the posts look normal.

    I read there is something called a “title template.” I looked through the settings and can’t figure out where I went wrong (it was left as default), so I deleted all the template codes from the fields. Still the post titles look this way, and I am unsure of how to fix them. Is there a way to manually override the way WP SEO writes post titles so that what I write in the settings area of each individual post is how they display in the browser title bar?

    Please have a look at the dummy post of my site and the screenshots I’ve included to see what’s wrong and how I can remedy this problem. I am new to self-hosted WordPress blogging, SEO, plugins, etc., and am stumbling quite a bit along the way.

    “Dummy” post on my blog
    Screenshot 1 of post settings
    Screenshot 2 of title bar

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  • djzebbie


    OK, never mind, I found the setting. It’s actually located in SEO > Titles & Metas > General > Force rewrite titles.

    Great plugin, though — really simplifies the complex nature of SEO, especially for a newbie with zero background in the subject! 🙂

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