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    Title odd in 7-pack

    I typed in keyword city and my clients clickable title in the 7-pack was the domain URL. Any suggestions why they pulled that and not either business name or keyword?

    It's the ONLY URL title in the 7 pack.

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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    Something in the source code of the website is most likely telling Google that it is more relevant as a title.

    Hard to investigate without a link though.
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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    Something like this usually happens when it's the first listing in the 7-pack

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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    I've seen this before and I think it's just an anomaly. It wound up correcting itself later in the day. I don't recall if I was signed into Google when I saw it or not but I thought it was odd.

    Has the problem resolved itself yet?

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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    Keenan is right. Usually the first one or two listings in the 7-pack have some variation on the landing page title tag show up as the name of the business. The kicker is that Google usually rewrites the title tags at least a little bit, rather than shows them verbatim. This has been going on for over a year.

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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    I've seen her change title tag to something really bogus like "Subscribe to Comments". Another was "Call Mary for appointment". And for one dentist the title tag was just "Dentist". For one of my clients she changed title tag from name to just 4 cap letter initials, which was totally meaningless for converting Dental patients.
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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    OTOH - as Linda has alluded to - sometimes Google's fancy footwork doesn't work so well:

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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    Good one Phil!

    Here is a Google help doc that explains what's up.
    https://support.google.com/webmaster...er/35624?hl=en

    It lists some problems that contribute to the chance of titles being overwritten then says:

    If we’ve detected that a particular result has one of the above issues with its title, we may try to generate an improved title from anchors, on-page text, or other sources. However, sometimes even pages with well-formulated, concise, descriptive titles will end up with different titles in our search results to better indicate their relevance to the query. There’s a simple reason for this: the title tag as specified by a webmaster is limited to being static, fixed regardless of the query. Once we know the user’s query, we can often find alternative text from a page that better explains why that result is relevant. Using this alternative text as a title helps the user, and it also can help your site. Users are scanning for their query terms or other signs of relevance in the results, and a title that is tailored for the query can increase the chances that they will click through.

    If you’re seeing your pages appear in the search results with modified titles, check whether your titles have one of the problems described above. If not, consider whether the alternate title is a better fit for the query. If you still think the original title would be better, let us know in our Webmaster Help Forum.
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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    Just found another A spot with domain.com instead of name or title tag.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=chir...+san+marcos+ca

    So Mike, you might want to see if you can find any similarities with your client site and that A spot site.
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    Re: Title odd in 7-pack

    Does Google explain why the sudden shift to show the homepage title tag rather than the company name from the places page?

    Is the goal to kill the meta description? This kind of spoils brand authority in places when you replace the company name with the title tag, and remove the meta description.

    Either way it's a very forceful push to reward companies with local. So kudos to us!

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