The forum is "knowledge exchange" so let me pose a question to pick your brain.
Optimum length of title - Is short better than long
The basis of my question
1. I know a title should contain your main most relevant keyword
2. I know a title should grab the reader's attention
ps. be glad to be corrected if what I think I know, (above), is wrong.
But assume you can use a long or short title - both have main keyword, and both will grab reader's attention, is one better for search than the other.
(ps. I have heard the search spiders don't look past first 4 or 5 words)
long-tail keyword = Buy Chocolate Diamonds
Title A: Buy Chocolate Diamonds Online
Title B: Best Prices to Buy Chocolate Diamonds Rings Online
(again, ps. titles meant as examples, not optimum choices)
A & B have main keyword
IMHO - both would catch readers attention
but ... B has additional keywords that I think would be helpful
am I wrong about B being a better title?
Are search engine spiders sensitive to number of words and title length?
I would have to say as long as the MAIN keyword is in the title then others will just be sort of like , fluff all depend on how people search but no expert though so you don't even have to listen to me lol
I think it's really a matter of choice. A longer title would make a better opportunity to narrow the focus of a searched term, but better? Others are more knowledgeable than I.
I generally go with the shortest keyword for the url, longer title with the keyword in it. But I'm flexible - depends on whether the url is available or not.
Each to their own - but I've found short urls with the keyword firmly sat in the title do better, for me at least.
Thanks for the quick replies.
@Dame - not sure about the 'fluff', that was 'sorta' my question, do the extra words help in the search or are they just 'fluff' the spiders ignore - I'm leaning to them being helpful as more terms available to match searches
@ Sandy - yep, that's the question my question poses
@ frog - It took me awhile to see it, but I do agree with you about the short Url being better, with the main keyword (or two) being its focus, but I'm still trying to puzzle the validity of another author's statement that search spiders ignore words after the first 4 or 5 words in titles (ps. I quickly learned that a hub title can be changed to be different from the hub Url)
In my experience, it would be more like
Chocolate Diamonds - Best Prices on Chocolate Diamonds
assuming you were trying to rank for Chocolate Diamonds.
Keep the length to about 67 characters or less, put the keywords early. On Hubpages getting the keyword early is more important since that is also the anchor text for the internal links generated by hubpages on other hubs and tag pages. It is also better to have it early in the Title tag, but that is not as important.
I consider the title as an opportunity to stand out to a human readers eye
It should still contain your intended keywords but a little creativity has its place.
The URL as short and sweet as you can pull off with your intended keyword phrases
I am comfortable tweaking titles as many times as possible until the article responds to the best of its statistical ability (with at least a month between tweaks to accurately gauge the tweaks effects)
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