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Shopify Websites Showing A (1) In Title In Google Search

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Most SEOs often look at titles tags when browsing web sites, I mean, I do, while the average person does not. So you’ve probably seen numbers in the tab bar representing an unread direct message count or chat request. Well, Shopify sites using chat-bot script was adding a 1 to the titles of pages and that is what Google has been indexing.

Caio Barros from Google posted about it in the Google Webmaster Help forums saying “some Shopify websites are showing a (1) in the titles of search results.”

In short, this chat feature was adding a (1) to the title tags when Googlebot was crawling the pages. Google then indexed and displayed the (1) in the search results. Since then, the chat feature removed the (1) from the title tag and thus when Googlebot recrawls and indexes the pages the (1) should no longer be in the title tag and Google will eventually stop showing (1) in the title name in the search results.

Caio Barros said:

We have been receiving some reports of a “(1)” showing up in some titles in search results. Upon some investigation, our Product Experts noticed that this behavior happened to websites built in Shopify and were using a chat app. It looks like these sites used a chat-bot script which added a “(1)” to the page’s title element. Titles changed with JavaScript can still be picked up, and used as title links in Search.

However, it looks like that script has been fixed to no longer change the page’s title element, so as Googlebot reprocess pages, it will no longer see the “(1)” as a part of the pages’ title, and we can take that into account when generating title links in Search. Keep in mind that title links in Search aren’t always exactly the same as the title element of a page, so it’s not guaranteed that Google will drop that element immediately after reprocessing.

There’s no need to do anything special to have pages reprocessed. This should happen automatically over time. We crawl and reprocess pages at different rates, usually you’ll see important pages like a site’s homepage reprocessed fairly quickly, within a few days at most. Other pages may take longer to be reprocessed.

John Mueller added a tip on Twitter saying Title-tip: if you use a widget/script that changes your page titles, those changed titles can be picked up for search too.”

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Here is how I see the title of that tweet in my tab bar, although, although Googlebot is not fed that information – thus it has a normal title name in the search results.

But Google shows it right because Twitter didn’t show it to Googlebot:

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Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.





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Google Search Says Removal Of Nazi Stuff In Search Results Is A Priority

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Google Search Says Removal Of Nazi Stuff In Search Results Is A Priority

Last Thursday, June 30th, a lot of folks across social media began to talk about how a search for [desk ornament] in Google Image Search brought up Swastikas, German Nazi items and more really horrible items. Danny Sullivan from Google escalated the issue to the Google Search team and said this is a priority for Google to fix. But just almost a week later, the results seem to still appear.

In fact, many news publications covered these details last week, we got Newsweek, The Mirror and Futurism, to name a few. But the results are still there and Googlers like Danny Sullivan and even Ginny Marvin on the ad side, are still apologizing.

Both are not just apologizing but also stating this is a priority for Google Search to resolve but that these things take time. Google simply cannot delete search results but Google instead needs to adjust its algorithms by figuring out where it failed and how to improve it – sadly those efforts take time.

I am a bit surprised Google has not done something more manual for these specific cases, but it may be a sign of a larger issue that Google uncovered and is working to address algorithmically.

Here is what the Google Image results look like for me for the query [desk ornament] (click to enlarge):

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Here is how Danny Sullivan of Google responded to some of the complaints – there were a lot, so I am sticking with one thread:

And then Ginny Marvin from the Google Ads team on some ads:

So yes, Google is making this a priority but changing algorithms takes time, the question is, how much time…

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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