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  • Recommendations for Page Titles ...

    What considerations are there for page titles?

    Should the title be the same for every page of an application? If so, is there a tool to change the title on several hundred pages at once?

    If not, then what guide lines are there?

    Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions ...

    Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

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    Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...

    I'm not an SEO expert, but I expect if those pages are not important for ranking those pages in search engines, then they can all be the same name. Since A5W pages are just text, you could use an off-the-shelf search-replace utility to find all <title></title> tags and replace them with what you want. If you do this, be sure to BACKUP and also to first move all A5W pages to a separate directory to perform the replace. That's because the search-replace tool will mistake all .a5wcmp files as also .a5w files.
    Steve Wood
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      Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...

      I'm not an SEO expert, but I expect if those pages are not important for ranking those pages in search engines, then they can all be the same name.

      Thanks Steve - I suspected as much. It seems that one consistent title would give the user a greater sense that they are in a cohesive application. And as far as SEO goes, I would think that individual pages of the application would not be what we would want ranked anyway.

      Thanks ...

      Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


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        Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...

        I know this is an old thread but I thought this page may be interesting


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          Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...


          I would make them unique.
          The quote below is directly from the Google Search Engine Optimization Guide.

          Create unique, accurate page titles
          A title tag tells both users and search engines what the topic of a particular page is. The <title> tag
          should be placed within the <head> tag of the HTML document. Ideally, you should create a unique
          title for each page on your site.



          • #6
            Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...

            If you want to make your titles unique but not have to manually enter on each page, I use this expression to pull in a title from a table.

            <title><%a5 ?lookupc("F",a5_split_url(request.script_name).page,"Title","[PathAlias.ADB_Path]\web_content","Page") %></title>

            The a5_split part basically says 'what is the name of this page' and then looks up that page name in the table, grabs the title. I'd probably want to add a default to this expression in case I have a page not recorded in the table.
            Steve Wood
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              Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...

              Just got to thinking about this some more....I thought I would attach the Official Google SEO Starter Guide.

              As a side method you can employ if you want to get nearly instant(well a few days really)great rankings in Google....write a press release and release it at a place like PRWeb. In just a few days, you can have A LOT OF news aggregator sites pointing to your site from the recently released press release they now have on their site and that figures greatly in Googles rankings. Plus, you can choose the industries / outlets where you want your press release to go so you might just get some business too. I recently did this for a customer with great results. They released a new product and it got tradename recognition in Google in just a few days. They also got some orders just from the press release. A win-win for sure. It is not free to send these press releases(they have 3 different levels of distribution) but I have done these several times now with success.




              • #8
                Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...

                Unsure how correct this is, by it may be worth some thought,
                When a search engine visits a website, yes it checks the Title, however it then will also check the title for relevance to the page.
                Thus if in mormal Meta tags, and <H> type tags relate to the Title, the relevance is better assured. Of course different search engines behave differently and have different rules. But the essence is that a search engine loves to correctly classify a web page, this naturally means it can serve up the most relevant result for a query, So it pays to make it easy for the search engines.


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                  Re: Recommendations for Page Titles ...

                  Page titles to me are very important! As you can see I use Google Webmaster tools among the many. I currently have 177 pages with duplicated META tags. This is actually good compared to a few weeks ago.

                  To make many of my pages "unique" I have the example code (see pic) in them. This works real slick and Google finds them easily. I'm typically located on the first search page and towards the top.

                  Site mapping also very important. I believe Steve Wood commented on this in several threads.
                  Last edited by EricN; 07-21-2009, 07:25 PM.

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