Search Engine Optimization

How To Write a Title Tag for SEO

By October 23, 2010 December 2nd, 2012 5 Comments

How you write your title tag is as much art as it is science.  You want to write something attractive enough for a user to click on, but also write something that contains the keywords you wish to rank for.  Notice in the image below how Google will almost always try to find an exact match to your search first, and then list results which appear to be similarly related.  This is a very common occurrence in a search results page.

how to write a title tag for seo

 

So how do you start writing better title tags for SEO?  Here are a few tips:google instant search results

1. Do a bit of research on the keyword, and check Google Instant. The easiest thing for you to do is go and search for what you are writing about in Google, and if you have Google Instant turned on, you will immediately see what Google is serving up for suggestions based on what you are typing in.  It might not be a bad idea to choose the words as they appear in one of the suggestions.  If you want to do more advanced research, check the Google External Keyword Tool for more suggestions with search volume.

2.  Put the keyword you wish to rank for up front, not in the end. Notice again in the search results how the first listings have the word or phrase immediately in the title tag.  If you put it in the end, like “Pear Analytics SEO Tools | How To Write A Title Tag for SEO”, you run the risk of the important phrases getting cut off.  Plus, it’s seen as more “relevant” in the front too.

3.  Keep them under 70 characters. After that, they will get truncated by the search engine.  Again, you don’t want all of the important stuff in the end of the tag.

4.  Avoid tags like these: “Home”, “Your Company Name”, “Index” or anything else that is completely irrelevant and does not indicate what the page is about.

5 Comments

  • PoundPunch says:

    Hi there, is it possible for someone to contact us with regards to one of your services? Thanks in advance.

  • uSinema says:

    This information is great. I’m glad I found PearAnalytics. I use it daily to see how my page is doing in every aspect. Now if only I could get my pages to load faster.

  • Ryan Kelly says:

    thanks for using our tools! There are several things you can do to speed up your pages.

    1) if you’re on WordPress, use the W3 Total Cache
    2) use minify to compress js, css and other files
    3) use a CDN if you have lots of images
    4) use LazyLoader if you have long pages (like TechCrunch or Mashable)

  • DedeSetiawanZugaManusia says:

    I use pearl.. and i love it very much, i almost do anything what pearl suggest, but my blog is not spesific blog i mean im not just use one niche so i think its very hard to use just few keyword, hope this not make bad effect for my blog

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