Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » Two Product categories showing in google search

  • Resolved gifturlo

    (@gifturlo)


    Hi,

    I have set my taxonomies for Product Categories as: Term Title -Page- Site Title but it is showing two product categories in google site search e.g. Cosmetics-Trendy Jewelry both are product categories.

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  • jsnowbusiness

    (@jsnowbusiness)

    I doubt plugin authors will understand question because I’m having trouble. Please give an example url of site to search for on google, and include the actual snippet variable you are using such as %%term_title%% %%page%% %%sitename%%

    I believe you are saying that it’s acting like you are using %%term_title%% %%category%% %%page%% %%sitename%% instead of the snippet above. Correct?

    If the page you are looking at in google search has product categories in it’s title then it’s a product, not a product category. The Search Appearance variables for the taxonomy Product Categories will change the page title on Product Category pages in google search reults, such as the search result appearance for your “Cosmetics” category or the “Trendy Jewelry” category, not the products in those categories.

    To alter page titles for actual products you need to alter the Search Appearance for Products in the Content Types tab.

    Hope this helps. 😄

    gifturlo

    (@gifturlo)

    Please see the below two snapshots. First is the settings in Yoast & second is the google search when search as site:

    Yoast setting

    Google search

    jsnowbusiness

    (@jsnowbusiness)

    Viewing the page source of that page, your site title is only output as this:
    <title>Cosmetics</title>

    So, google is actually the one adding “- Trendy Jewelry” because you page title is too short.

    As of right now it looks like your current setting of %%term_title%% %%page%% %%sitename%% is only outputting the “%%term_title%%” because that Cosmetics page only has one page so “%%page%%” isn’t doing anything (it only starts adding “page 2” or “page 3” on the second page but does nothing on the first page).

    Do you have your site name set in WordPress General Settings? Because if not, then “%%sitename%%” won’t do anything.

    gifturlo

    (@gifturlo)

    Hi,

    Please see the attached 3 snapshots in which I am getting different outputs :

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eSDHJ9zuzfWf0HVQAtI5i0gU5sGtkynp
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=10Xqh7-DkJDiWfA2IN5u_eGgapB4OINWk
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hHYbcwkHmwIBpcD2Md-ZbTVTogDYriu-

    If you check, in some options I am getting the site name but in some it is the same product category & in others nothing.

    jsnowbusiness

    (@jsnowbusiness)

    I checked the pages/posts/categories shown in all those screen shots, and when viewing their page source code all of their <title></title> entries have just the name of the page/post/category, except for the “Kids” page, none of them include the site title or “Trendy Jewelry” which again leads me to believe that Google itself is adding the “- Trendy Jewelry”. If a website’s supplied <title></title> is too short, Google will alter them in search results to better suit what it feels it should be – I believe that is what’s going on because here are the actual page titles of the posts/pages/categories in question from your screen shots:

    <title>Kids - Gifturlove</title>
    <title>Home 'n' Decor</title>
    <title>Privacy Policy</title>
    <title>Women</title>

    Interestingly.. Google output the /shop-women category as “For women – Trendy Jewelry” when the actual title in source code is just “Women” and the url is “shop-women”.. Google is definitely altering your site titles because they are too short.

    As for the /kids-fashion category being correct, I think perhaps you have set this category’s name manually is the edit category section for it to be working while the rest are not.

    Also, it could take weeks for google to pickup new site titles that you are working on, instead of looking at Google SERPs you should be viewing your pages/category source codes to see what your Yoast Settings are outputting.

    Have you gone to http://www.gifturlove.com/wp-admin/options-general.php and confirmed your “Site Title” is actually set?

    gifturlo

    (@gifturlo)

    Hi,

    Thanks for your response.

    I have added the Site Title, which was not in general option & the result is this:

    After Site Title addition

    Also, The permalink is showing for Shop but is showing the Women with site title & Trendy Jewelry Category.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=10IuFo4vIex4jwcmc4IH8o4bQIjGSll5O

    For Kids category, yes I have manually put the category & site name.

    jsnowbusiness

    (@jsnowbusiness)

    Nope – That is the Womens Shop page, and it’s showing “breadcrumbs” for SHOP because that is the main page/category that Shop-Women is inside of, from a breadcrumbs point of view – if you hover the link u can see it’s actually the shop-women page. 😉 Yeah, it’s not ideal, Google may update it later so that it says gifturlove > Shop > Shop-Women, but it’s not an automatic thing.
    https://imgur.com/a/W9ytttf

    Also it looks like you have started manually setting Titles instead of letting them be set by Yoast because now some of your titles in Google SERPs are keyword stuffed and truncated:
    https://imgur.com/Nc2c79k

    I suggest you start viewing the source of pages you are working on by right-clicking the backgrounds of pages in question and then and selecting “View Page Source” from the menu that pops up. Google only scans your site every so often to update the SEO Titles and Descriptions found inside the <title></title> tag and <meta name=”description” /> tag.. so focus on making those tags in your page sources correct and the Google SERPs will be fixed by Google the next time their crawler hits those pages.
    https://imgur.com/a/CRPCeeH

    You know.. if you set the category descriptions on your product categories, you could use the product category descriptions snippet variable %%ct_desc_product_cat%% in your Yoast SEO Product Category Titles and Descriptions…

    Plugin Support Carl B

    (@devnihil)

    @gifturlo We understand that you are experiencing an issue in that the Title you have specified in the plugin settings is not displaying as expected in the search results for your site. Whereas Google typically uses the title from the metadata for indexing, this is not always the case. Google will sometimes modify the title of the URL as it sees fit, as well as sometimes adding the brand or sitename to the end of your title. This is not due to the plugin not functioning as expected, but rather is due to Google modifying the Title it indexes as it’s algorithm has concluded that there is a better version to index.

    We also have additional information on this topic available at the following links: https://yoast.com/google-page-title/ and https://kb.yoast.com/kb/google-shows-different-titles-for-my-site/. Please refer to these articles as the include recommendations for crafting a page title which will help increase the likelihood that Google will use the title you specified instead of modifying your page’s title as it sees fit.

    Plugin Support Carl B

    (@devnihil)

    We are going ahead and marking this issue as resolved due to inactivity. If you require any further assistance please create a new issue.

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