titles not showing on yahoo and bing

Web Page Title Not Showing on Bing/Yahoo or Says “Official Site”

titles not showing on yahoo and bingSeveral clients have asked me about their web page titles not showing up properly on Bing and Yahoo.

Frequently, instead of the web page title, Bing and Yahoo will say “Company Name – Official Site as you see depicted in the image to the right.

These images are taken from a Yahoo and Bing search for the company Intel.  However, instead of saying  “Intel | Data Center Solutions, IOT, and PC Innovation” which is what their HTML title element (technically, the title is an element and not a meta tag) says, the title of the web page simply says “Intel – Official Site”.

You may take solace in the fact that, if it’s happening to Intel, you probably cannot do anything about it.

But you’d be wrong.

So, let’s take a look at why this is important, why it’s happening, and what you can do about it.

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Richard CummingsWeb Page Title Not Showing on Bing/Yahoo or Says “Official Site”
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How To Track the Facebook “Call Now” Button

how-to-track-facebook-call-nowThe Facebook “Call Now” button introduced a great way for customers to immediately contact your business when they are using Facebook on their cell phone.

But, after implementing the “Call Now” feature in your Facebook local awareness ads, you will have one obvious question that Facebook is less willing to answer:  Are people clicking your Facebook “Call Now button?

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Richard CummingsHow To Track the Facebook “Call Now” Button
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A Review: Facebook Keys to Success Webinar by Jon Loomer

jon-loomer-facebook-webinar-reviewI just “completed” Jon Loomer’s Facebook Keys to Success Webinar and will provide you with a quick review of it here.

Why do I use the word “completed” in quotes?  Well, as you’ll see below, it’s long and I did not quite make it through the entire video.  That is not to say that the content is not engaging, though I do offer some suggestions below; the content is engaging but I was specifically interested in particular sections and so I focused on those.

One of the particular sections that I was interested in was Facebook Ad targeting.  And coincidentally, as quick proof that his methods do work, I signed up for the webinar via a Facebook targeted ad.

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Richard CummingsA Review: Facebook Keys to Success Webinar by Jon Loomer
Google Non Secure Warnings

Google Branding Websites as “Not Secure” – Live Examples – February 2017 Update

Google Non Secure WarningsSince my article long ago exposing the 10 Facts & Myths of Secure (HTTPS) websites and my more recent Definitive HTTPS/SSL WordPress Upgrade Guide, Google has now provided increased incentive for those of you who have not yet upgraded your website to HTTPS — they will brand you as “Not Secure”!

The Google official announcement states that:  “Beginning in January 2017 (Chrome 56), we’ll mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.”

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Richard CummingsGoogle Branding Websites as “Not Secure” – Live Examples – February 2017 Update
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Google AdWords Now Limits Average Monthly Searches for “Low Spenders”

adwords-average-montly-searches-changesIf you’ve recently logged into Google AdWords to get keyword data, you may notice that the “Average Monthly Searches” column is now not nearly as useful.

The Average Monthly Search column in AdWords may now show something like the photo below:

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Richard CummingsGoogle AdWords Now Limits Average Monthly Searches for “Low Spenders”
Upgrade WordPress to HTTPS/SSL

The Definitive & Quick (3 Hour) HTTPS/SSL WordPress Upgrade

Upgrade WordPress to HTTPS/SSLYou have heard many times over that upgrading your WordPress website can lead to improved search engine results.  And perhaps even more importantly, effective January 31st 2017, Google will begin marking non-HTTPS sites as “Not Secure”.

Yet, you still have not upgraded your WordPress website to HTTPS/SSL.  Well, the time is now.

I am going to give you the exact instructions on how to upgrade your WordPress website to SSL in under 3 hours.

“But wait,” you ask.  “I’ve heard that a WordPress HTTPS conversion takes tons of research and planning.”

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Richard CummingsThe Definitive & Quick (3 Hour) HTTPS/SSL WordPress Upgrade
When there's a variety of users with an Instagram hashtag on their posts, it becomes useless.

The Quick Guide to Instagram Hashtag Research

The good news about researching hashtags on Instagram is that it’s a very easy, straight forward experience. The bad news is that it can be quite time-consuming, especially when you’re posting a variety of content. For this article, I’ll be using the microgenre of music, vaporwave. More specifically, I’ll be looking at Instagram hashtag mistakes within the culture.
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Guest AuthorThe Quick Guide to Instagram Hashtag Research
SEO for small business - the statistics

SEO Small Business Statistics 2016: Do-It-Yourself vs Outsource?

SEO for small business - the statistics

Source: Clutch.co

Small businesses, you have a difficult decision to make regarding SEO. Do you do SEO in-house or should you outsource?

As you consider this decision, it’s always beneficial to know what your peers are doing and to find out if they are satisfied with their decision.

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Richard CummingsSEO Small Business Statistics 2016: Do-It-Yourself vs Outsource?
SEO Mistake

The One Giant SEO Mistake That You Are Making

SEO MistakeIf you were to name the one giant SEO mistake that you are making, what would it be?

Who me?  I’m not making any mistakes”.

You and I know that we all make mistakes and you are probably making this one giant SEO mistake.

My inspiration for this post comes from my SEO article of the week by Stephan Spencer:  5 super-common SEO mistakes content marketers make.

In his article, Stephan lists these 5 SEO mistakes that everyone is making:

  1. Hustling for likes instead of links
  2. Misplacing the content
  3. Targeting the wrong audience
  4. Being activity-focused
  5. No help from a power user

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Richard CummingsThe One Giant SEO Mistake That You Are Making
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7 Tools to Improve Local SEO in 2016

local seo tool 2016When it comes to generating more business from the web, small business owners often forget to ask themselves why local SEO is important to their company’s success. DIY SEOers are so concerned with keeping marketing budgets to a minimum, so they slap some keywords in the appropriate meta keyword section of their SEO plugin and call it a day.

Off-site local SEO optimizations are left out in the cold and business owners sit in their office wondering why the phone isn’t ringing.

Here are seven tools designed for small business owners to improve local SEO (off-site and on-site) and to start generating more leads and sales from your website.

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Guest Author7 Tools to Improve Local SEO in 2016
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Google Unnatural Links Penalty Strikes Again!

On Saturday, many webmasters received a stinging letter from Google that begins:  “Google has detected a pattern of links from your site to other sites that is either unnatural or irrelevant.”

It’s as if it’s 2010 again when many webmasters were receiving Google Webspam penalties and having their websites completed decimated.

6 years later…should this still be happening?  I just asked this question rhetorically on Twitter:


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Richard CummingsGoogle Unnatural Links Penalty Strikes Again!
Google PagRank Dead

The “Passing” of PageRank: A Round Up of the Top 10 Posts

The tool that many SEO’s have used for several years, Google PageRank, is officially dead…or dying.  Sources say that PageRank data will be unavailable within a couple of weeks.

I still see the PageRank data in my Chrome Open SEO browser and stats toolbar  as you see below:

PageRank Death RoundUp

But, presumably, this data will disappear in short order.

So, what is the reaction of the masses?  Let’s take a look at the top posts with quotable Tweets about the death of PageRank in this weekly round-up.
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Richard CummingsThe “Passing” of PageRank: A Round Up of the Top 10 Posts
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Can/Should I Auto-Message My Followers on Twitter?

should you auto-messageQuestion:  I’ve only been using Twitter for about one year and I notice that a lot of people that I follow send me a direct message like:  “Thanks for the follow.  I’d like to offer you free access to this small business marketing PDF as a token of my appreciation. ”

So, my question is this:  How are these people auto-messaging me via Twitter and, secondly, is this considered a good business practice or is it spammy suicide?  Thanks, Gina in South Carolina 

Answer:  Gina, unknowingly, you have opened a can of worms that is the subject of much debate.  Let’s tackle the first part of your question and then we’ll get into the sometimes “heated” debate about whether you should auto-direct message people who follow you on Twitter.
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Richard CummingsCan/Should I Auto-Message My Followers on Twitter?
title generators that get the click

9 Powerful Title Generators That Drastically Increase Click-Thrus!

title generators that get the click“A writer should spend half of the entire time it takes to write a piece of persuasive content on the headline!”

This piece of advice, attributed to the best copywriters of all time by Copyblogger, is one that everyone should follow yet very few do.

Whether it’s a time constraint or lack of belief in the premise, the bottom line is this:  You need to improve your article titles so that you get more clicks!

Fortunately, there are now tools that help us unleash our dormant creativity.

In this article, I am going to take a look at the top 9 article headline title generators that will get you more clicks.

Here is a breakdown of the article contents:

  1. Alarming Headline Statistics That You Need to Read
  2. The Value of Title/Headline Generators
  3. The 9 Title Headline Generators Reviewed
  4. A Ranking of the Top Article Generators
  5. Check Your Title:  Headline Analyzers
  6. A/B Testing Your Title
  7. A Final Word:  Get the Click!
  8. Appendix A: Great Article Title Resources
  9. Appendix B: Evaluate/Suggest Title for This Article
  10. Appendix C: Some Fun with Article Titles

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Richard Cummings9 Powerful Title Generators That Drastically Increase Click-Thrus!