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Remove “Archive” title from Search Engine Headers

Remove “Archive” title from Search Engine Headers. Pages and post look outdated with this information in search engine titles.

Okay fellow developers. I searched for hours trying to determine why the word “archive” was showing up in my meta titles on Google and other search engines. This is what I was seeing.

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This makes your content look old and especially when someone is searching your business then it looks really bad.

Here is the solution which is rather simple.

First login to your WordPress website assuming your using Yoast SEO. The issue is only with Yoast SEO plugin and not really an issue. It is Yoast allowing you to customize your settings and these were default settings.  On the left side of you will see the WordPress toolbar, click on SEO which is Yoast.

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On this page you may see the word “archive” combined like this: %%title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Change to look like this for whatever Page, Post, Media, etc.

%%title%% %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Set “Post Tags” and “Format” to “noindex,” and hide the WordPress SEO Meta Box on these pages (you don’t need it), since you don’t want search engines to index these. They are just more duplicate content bloat that can get you into trouble in a post-Panda world.

Tip: Remove “Archives” from meta title template for Categories & Tags. It just makes you look outdated.

After you make these changes please save settings at the bottom. Now when you go to look at this page it will not show the word “archive”. It will look like this:

BEFORE

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AFTER

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The same can be done with any of the tags, categories, media, etc.

For additional information go to https://yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/ or contact if you have questions or need assistance.

 

How to Manually Submit Your Website to the Major Search Engines

How to Submit Your Site to Search Engines

We highly recommend manually submitting your website pages to the search engines.  That said, the search engines give no guarantee of ranking your page because you have manually submitted it.  It is a tool that we use to let the search engines know that we have new information to share.

We suggest manual submission of your site’s pages to Google, Yahoo! and Bing because they have made it apparent that it is what they prefer.  The search engines have implemented manual submission as a best practice to protect themselves from extreme levels of spam.

It is important to submit your site’s pages to all of the major search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing) because even though the other engines have less traffic than Google, they still have millions of users.   When you submit a URL or domain name to the search engines, it could take anywhere from two to four weeks to get indexed.  Sometimes your page will not get indexed after you submit it, if that occurs, wait four weeks and then resubmit the page again.

If you are unhappy with your web page’s ranking results, take a look at what your competition is doing.  Make sure you are following the basic rules of search engine optimization.  Make changes to the page and resubmit it to the search engines.  You can submit your pages a maximum of two times per month until you are listed in the major search engines’ results.

Google
Google’s URL submit is very quick and easy.  Just go to Google’s web page for URL submitting, type in your URL, type in the message that ensures Google you are an individual not a software robot and click “add URL.”

You can also submit your site map to Google via their Webmaster Tools.

Yahoo!
Since 2010, Yahoo search has been powered by Microsoft’s Bing search engine. When you submit your site to Bing you will also show up in Yahoo’s search results. See below on how to submit your site to Bing.

At PMG, we add all of our clients’ sitemaps to the auto-discovery directive, robots.txt.  This ensures that all of the search engines automatically know about your sitemap.  It does not hurt to manually submit your sitemaps, for the search engines that allow it.

Yahoo! Directory also has a paid submission process.  The cost is $299 annually for each directory listing that you submit.   We recommend submitting your site to the Yahoo! Directory if you are a commercial site.  Yahoo! guarantees that your submission will be reviewed within seven business days.  If your listing is accepted, the annual fee will reoccur in subsequent years.

Bing
Bing allows you to submit your URL, just like Google and Yahoo!.  Go to Bing’s site submission page, type in the URL of your homepage (this is different than Google and Yahoo!).  MSNBot will follow the links from your homepage to all of the pages on your site.  Bing also requires you to identify yourself as a person, not an automated program, by typing the characters that you see in the picture.
http://search.msn.co.za/docs/submit.aspx

Ask
Ask presently does not allow you to submit URLs.  However, they do allow you to submit your sitemap.  Their interface for this isn’t as straight forward as the other engines but, you can submit your sitemap by pasting this URL into your browser bar and inserting your actual domain name…

http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http://<your domain name>/sitemapxml.aspx