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Re: Good page titles - friendly SEO


From: Steven Henderson
Date: Oct 14, 2009 6:50AM

Hi Geof,

When you say you 'like the title to match the content heading' do you
actually find that to be the case of most websites? As I don't recall that
to be the case and am presently of the opinion that would be duplicate
content (in so far as sifting through all the other content on a given page,
that also wants my attention).

In your case, if I were to place the main heading (which is perhaps
'similar' to the page title) at the top of the page, would it really be
inconvenient that it differ from the title? And what if I place a few quick
links above that too, one of which linked to the main content? In the case
of a heading being identical to the page title, would you not prefer that
there was no heading and could get straight to the main content directly
(effectively treating the page title as your page heading)?


-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Geof Collis
Sent: 13 October 2009 16:25
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Good page titles - friendly SEO

At 05:31 AM 10/13/2009, you wrote:
>I'm interested in people's feedback on page titles and how when written for
>SEO rankings, affect usability ... my humble opinion is that high ranking
>page titles are generally too long and unfriendly for me as a visual user,
>and wonder if this is even more of a problem for the visually impaired or
>blind user.

Hi Steven

Personally long titles dont botehr me as a screen reader, the more
descriptive the better and I really dont need any company names
cluttering up the beginning of it, its easy enough to find out the
company's name from the site if I need to.

Perhaps its just me but when I search I like the title to
match the content heading it speeds things up for me. When I find
the search item that best describes what I searched for I want to go
to the site and hit the heading tab until I get the corresponding text.



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