I have a question for Google’s Matt Cutts, and I am going to post it here on the off chance he sees this article. Even if Matt doesn’t happen to see this article, I am hopeful someone else can let me know how I can resolve the issue.
Ever since changing my blog’s domain name from ElliotsBlog.com to DomainInvesting.com, I have noticed that Google is adding my name (Elliot Silver) to the meta title of my blog posts in search results. I use the Yoast SEO plugin to help manage my meta tags, but Google doesn’t seem to be paying attention to what I would like the title to read.
Up until today, the meta title was simply “Title of Post,” which I used because my article titles are sometimes very long. As you can see from the screenshot, articles appear in Google as “Title of Post | Elliot Silver.” I have never had my full name appear in the meta title before.
This morning, I changed the meta title default to “Title of Post | DomainInvesting.com” in case Google is adding my name because it really wants some additional branding in the title. That’s just a guess though. I would really like to know why Google is adding my full name to blog posts because in the future, there may be contributors to this website and it would be strange if my name appears on their posts. To illustrate this, you can see this image to see how Paul Keating’s post on DomainInvesting.com appears.
On the off chance that Matt or another SEO expert sees this, here is a bit of background about my website:
I created ElliotsBlog.com in 2007, and there have been close to 5,000 articles posted since then. Nearly two weeks ago, I changed the url of my blog to DomainInvesting.com. When I made the url change, I followed Google’s best practice guide, and I also wrote my own guide to changing a website url with the details of how I made the change and what I did to ensure that the proper procedure was followed.
Although it is not harmful to have my name in the meta tag, one of the main reasons for changing the url was to build the DomainInvesting.com brand rather than my personal brand. Having my name in the meta tag sort of defeats that purpose, and it’s a reason why I specifically asked to have DomainInvesting.com in the meta title.
I am hopeful that someone can let me know how to ensure that my name does not appear in the meta title.