Tips for Google Updates on how to control titles in search results

Google Search Central has updated a section of its developer support page that gives tips on how to control the URL that Google uses in search results. The new section is about troubleshooting title tags in order to determine why Google has changed address bindings.

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The support page specifies the title that appears in search results as a title link. The title link generally originates from what the publisher uses in the title tag.

However, Google can change the address link to something else. Some publishers and others in the SEO community report that traffic from search results drops when Google changes the title tag displayed as a title link.

Address Links Best Practices

Google offers seven best practices for writing title tags that will affect what Google displays in search results.

Seven best practices for title tag

1. Make sure every page has a title tag.

2. Write brief title tags that describe the topic of the web page. Google adds that this also means avoiding vague descriptions such as homepage or profile.

3. Avoid keyword stuffing.

4. Avoid the standard form that is repeated across the site.

5. Brand phrases are okay until they become normative. It’s okay to use brand phrases on the home page (eg, “a place where people meet and mingle”) but Google cautions against repeating the brand phrase on many other pages.

6. Google sometimes uses what’s in title elements in title links. For this reason, Google recommends using a distinct headline, which is usually located in the H1 or H2 heading element at the top of the page.

According to Google:

“Google looks at different sources when creating title links, including the main visual title, title elements, and other large and prominent text, and it can be confusing if multiple titles have the same visual importance and popularity.

Consider making sure that your headline is distinct from the other text on the page and stands out as the most prominent on the page (eg use a larger font, place the title in the first visible element

on the page, etc. ). “

7. Use the Robots.txt file correctly. Google warns that only the Robots.txt file should be used to prevent the page from being crawled. Improper use of Robots.txt is to prevent the page from being indexed because pages blocked by robots.txt can still be indexed if another page or website links to the blocked page.

Google advises that in cases where the page is blocked by a robots.txt file and Google is unable to crawl the page, Google may end up using the anchor text from a site linking to the page.

Publishers are reminded that the most effective way to keep a page out of the index is to allow Google to crawl it and detect a noindex meta tag, which will prevent Google from including the page in Google’s index.

Google explains how to create address links

Address links are automatically generated from information on the web page itself as well as from other sites that point to the pages.

Google lists the following factors that affect the address link that Google displays in search results:

  • ‘Content in Elements <العنوان>
  • The main visual title or the title displayed on the page
  • Title elements, such as . elements

  • Another great and memorable content through the use of style cures
  • Another text on the page
  • Link text on the page
  • Text inside links pointing to the page”

Troubleshooting Tips

Finally, Google provides a checklist of things to check that might cause Google to type in their address link.

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