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Crafting Title Tags
Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:26 AM
cars | new cars | nice cars
I mentioned that I have always used a mixture of - , | or : within my title tags depending on the structure of the actual sentence I was crafting as my title tag. So if it sounded better and made more grammatical sense I would use a -, or I would use :, depending on what I thought the situation called for. He replied back that I should stick to using only one so that there was an identifiable template and not a mixture. I agree that perhaps using a consistent template can be a good practice, but I don't feel it should be done at the expense of a solid reading and understandable title tag.
He also mentioned he believed that perhaps using a - could trip up the spiders when looking at title tags and I was thinking to myself that was the silliest thing I'd ever heard since when you do a search you will see many title tags using a -. This guy claims to know a lot about SEO and has his own business (though not purely an SEO company) and I've been in the game for about 2 years now and I just thought this was a bunch of rubbish.
Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:58 AM
Nah , pesonally i'd agree with you, but hey what do I know
oh BTW, i use pipes '|' ( as a programmer I know them as a PIPE character not TAB)
Why, because I see it used more than anything else, so followed like the sheep i am, (yes Jill/Randy/Torks I know the black one!), anyhow!
I see them as stoppers, to break up the title into the keyphrases i'm targeting ,
Edited by 1dmf, 15 August 2008 - 01:27 PM.
Posted 15 August 2008 - 12:07 PM
Use whichever you prefer and which will be best for real users.
Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:30 PM
Posted 18 August 2008 - 10:52 AM
If those things don't trip up the SE's, I'd say there's almost no chance a simple hyphen or colon (or even a pipe) would do.
Posted 20 August 2008 - 03:45 AM
However, I'm not too keen on using that structure for the title tag. Its not what the real user wants to see, and the title tag will be the link back to your site from the SERP's.
At the end of the day, theres no point having a site with great PageRank (I'm referring of course to the REAL PageRank, not that little pointless green bar) if nobody feels inclined to click on your link
Posted 20 August 2008 - 09:14 AM
Posted 20 August 2008 - 12:05 PM
I see Chris' posts on Webmater talk brought you here as well?
Am I right?
Posted 21 August 2008 - 11:06 AM
Personally i'm not a big fan of the delimiter title tags such as cars | model cars | classic cars....just looks a little stale to me; I liek the title tag that speaks to what the page is about, using the targeted keywords, in a readbale manner.
Posted 26 August 2008 - 05:53 AM
Anyone who is visually impaired and using a screen reader will hear "keyword 1 bar keyword 2 bar keyword 3" which is not very user friendly. For this reason alone, we use colons when we have to and try to make "mini sentences" for our page titles (as in very small mini sentences) as much as possible.
Posted 26 August 2008 - 06:26 AM
Hi Sarah, thanks for that valuable piece of info.
Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:04 AM
Posted 27 August 2008 - 08:56 AM
I would recommend trying it yourself!
Posted 27 August 2008 - 02:59 PM
So how about it?
Posted 27 August 2008 - 03:02 PM
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