SEO and the Title Tag
by Dave Felts
The Title Tag not only communicates the theme of your web
page to the human visitors but is also considered very important
by the Search Engine crawlers. The Title Tag is the most important
of all Tags. Almost all crawler based search engines use the
Title Tag to gather information about the page. Search engines
use your Title Tag to evaluate the page's relevance to its
content, inbound links, outbound links, alt tags, and a host
of other factors. A carefully constructed Title Tag can have
a large positive impact on your page's ranking with the search
In addition, the Title Tag is the hyperlinked text title that
is displayed in the search engine results page. This is the
hyperlink a user clicks on to go to your web site. The Title
Tag is also used as the text when you bookmark' a page
or add a certain web page to your favorites' list in
Since the Title Tag plays a vital role in your site's ranking,
you need to pay a lot of attention to the words that appear
in the Title Tag and the order in which they appear. Put your
important keywords at the beginning of the Title Tag. This
can have the added benefit of making those words appear in
bold in the search engines result pages. Develop a crisp Title
Tag that includes your most relevant keyword phrases for that
page. The keywords in the Title Tag are given a high value
when it comes to the search engine trying to figure out what
your page is about.
It's important to be highly focused. You should use the same
keywords not just in your Title Tag, but also in your page
content, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords Tags as well.
If the keywords in your Title Tag don't appear in the page
content, then avoid using them.
From Google's Guidelines for Webmastershttp://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html
Design and Content Guidelines:
# Make a site with a clear hierarchy and text links. Every
page should be reachable from at least one static text link.
# Offer a site map to your users with links that point to
the important parts of your site. If the site map is larger
than 100 or so links, you may want to break the site map into
# Create a useful, information-rich site, and write pages
that clearly and accurately describe your content.
# Think about the words users would type to find your pages,
and make sure that your site actually includes those words
# Try to use text instead of images to display important names,
content, or links. The Google crawler doesn't recognize text
contained in images.
# Make sure that your TITLE and ALT tags are descriptive and
# Check for broken links and correct HTML.
# If you decide to use dynamic pages (i.e., the URL contains
a "?" character), be aware that not every search
engine spider crawls dynamic pages as well as static pages.
It helps to keep the parameters short and the number of them
# Keep the links on a given page to a reasonable number (fewer
From MSN Webmaster Help
About your site description
As the MSN Search web crawler MSNBot crawls your site, it
analyzes the content on indexed pages and generates keywords
to associate with each page. Then MSNBot extracts page content
that is highly relevant to the keywords (often sentence segments
that contain keywords or information in the description meta
tag) and constructs the site description displayed in search
results. The page title and URL are also extracted and displayed
in search results.
From Yahoo Search Help
Yahoo! Search ranks results according to their relevance to
a particular query by analyzing the web page text, title and
description accuracy as well as its source , associated links,
and other unique document characteristics.
Comprehensive article by Jill Whalen From HighRankings.com
Read the complete article at: http://www.highrankings.com/allabouttitles.htm
What Is a Title Tag?
The title tag is one of the most important factors in achieving
high search engine rankings.
A title tag is essentially an HTML code snippet that creates
the words that appear in the top bar of your Web browser.
The title tag belongs in the section of your source code,
and is generally followed by your Meta description and Meta
keywords tags. The order of these tags is not critical, so
don't worry if your HTML editor places them in a different
Some Web site design tools and content management systems
(CMS) automatically generate the title tag from information
you provide. You may have noticed Web pages that are labeled
"Page 1," "Page 2," or "Home Page"
in the browser title bar. You'll often see titles like these
being used by beginning Web site designers who simply don't
know how to use their software or their title tag for maximum
About the Author
Dave is a full-time Search Engine Marketing Manager. He also
runs SyteSurge, a web site dedicated to search engine optimization
and search engine marketing.