LinkedIn Creates Incorrect Link Title

One of the features of LinkedIn is that you can post a link to your website as part of your status update. However, in many cases that link will come in with an incorrect title! You have to then manually update the title to be the correct one. Why does this happen?

The answer is that LinkedIn does NOT use the TITLE field to get its title. Every other link I've seen - Facebook, etc. - always uses the title field. That is after all the title of the page and what should be used in the title area.

What LinkedIn does instead is it looks for a H1 tag on the page - and if it doesn't see anything with a H1 tag it grabs random text that it finds! This coudl be anything at all from navigation to ad statements. Not good.

There seems to be no way around this beside recoding your entire site to use H1 tags instead of whatever other tags you were using for the title text (visible titles, not HEAD titles) on your pages.

Hopefully LinkedIn will fix this at some point, but at least this way you know what's going on and how to fix it, if you really want to take on that task.

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