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With all the hype about Google’s latest algorithm updates, it is easy to forget about the basics that are needed to get high rankings. Before you work on the links to your site, your web page basics must be right.

For example, the title tag has a very big influence on the search engine positions of a web page. In addition, the title tag is very important because it is the first thing that people see in the search results. There are several things that you can do to optimize your web page titles.

Step 1: Check the HTML code of your web pages

  • It’s astonishing how many pages have more than one title tag in the code. If your pages have more than one title tag, they will confuse search engine robots. The tags might not be read at all or, even worse, search engines might interpret this as a spamming attempt.
  • You can check the HTML code of your web pages with the HTML validator w3.org.

Step 2: Use your keywords in your web page titles

  • Use the most relevant keywords at the beginning of your web page titles. Many people only scan the beginning of the titles so make sure that the beginning of the title tag contains the right words.

Step 3: Make the titles clear, predictable and irresistible

  • The readers of your web page titles should know what your web page is about and the title should lead to a page that meets the expectations of the searcher.
  • The web page title is the first thing that people see in the search results. Make sure that the wording of your web page titles is appealing, emotional and irresistible.

Step 4: Keep the titles short

  • Although there is no official limit, you should keep the length of your web page titles below 70 characters. The reason for that is that most search engines truncate the titles after 65-70 characters on the search result pages.

Step 5: Remove unnecessary words

  • Words such as “homepage”, “Index” and your company name usually don’t help your search engine rankings. Remove these words from the title tags of your web pages. Your title tags will become more relevant to the actual keywords then.

Step 6: Use unique title tags

  • Don’t use the same title tags on more than one page. Each page should have a unique title tag that reflects the content of the web page. In general, optimize different pages of your website for different keywords. The more pages of your website you optimize the better.

The title tags of your web pages are only one factor that influences the position of your web pages in Google’s search results. Analyze your web pages with MHS Webpage Analysis to get a detailed analysis of all factors that influence the position of your pages on Google.

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