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On Monday, my post entitled “How Distilled Stole My Page Title” went around the Twittersphere. It was interesting to see the feedback and there were a lot of comments from a lot of people I respect. Read the comments here.

Now I run into an issue. I’ve never confronted something like this before, and I want to test in order to see what will cause the page title to change back in Google.

I need your help testing

How should I proceed with the testing? The first test is already in place. I unapproved the comments that Jen from SEOmoz thinks may have been contributing:

This test has been in place for 24 hours. It does not seem that Google has cached the page yet, but according to @rosshudgens:

The title has changed a bit. You can see that there is now a new “- The” in the title:

Compare to before:

I am going to run this test until tomorrow morning. Now the question becomes “What do I test next?”

Take the poll and help me out!

What Should I Test?

  • Request others to add links to the post with anchor text (40%, 4 Votes)
  • Ask Distilled to change the anchor text (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Apply both NOODP and NOYDIR to the site (20%, 2 Votes)
  • Get lots of people to search "John Doherty Distilled Linklove Conference" (suggestion via @billsebald) (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Apply NOODP to the site (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Apply NOYDIR to the site (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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If you select “Other”, please tell me in the comments what you suggest.

Thanks everyone! I’ll be publishing my findings once all this is done!