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    Hone your SEO skills... Titles


    I answered all the threads I could and have a few minutes to spare so I thought I would have a rant about my latest "pet peeve"... terrible thread titles.
    Quite honestly I begrudge the time it takes me to fix them!
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    This is an SEO forum so we should expect everybody who posts here to at least take an interest in SEO... Right?

    As an absolute minimum we should expect thread titles to describe the topic.
    Better still would be titles which will - eventually - give the forum some tasty serps to help draw in more visitors.
    Best of all would be a thread title which achieves both of the above, AND attracts the maximum number of visitors to take a look.

    So - when I see thread titles like:

    Where?
    Why is this happening?
    Please Help.
    Newbie needs help.
    Question.
    SEO question.
    etc etc...

    I am forced to wonder if the poster gives the same lack of thought to their site KW's and SEO...

    I see little point in optimising a site for such terms as "Website about stuff"

    C'mon people - get with the program
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    lol... You are a true gem ClickyB...You are one of those that make this forum a fun place to hang around.....
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    Originally Posted by gazzahk
    lol... You are a true gem ClickyB...You are one of those that make this forum a fun place to hang around.....
    Thanks Gazz
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    I think we all have been guilty of this at one time or another. But you still have a very valid point.

    I would have to assume new users looking for the quick fix for all their SEO related issues, questions, and tasks make up the 90% of users who create topics such as these.

    Why not add a clearer definition for forum topics under the posting guidelines and then hold the users accountable when it is not followed.

    Better created forum topics also helps all users. Especially in terms of using the forum search as the title will be more descriptive providing more weight and better search results for the term being used. Again simple SEO rules apply here as well.
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    If you can't write a great title for a thread here I'll bet the title tags on your website really suck.

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    Professional Necromancy ;)


    This issue keeps coming back...

    I've linked to this thread once or twice recently but I keep having to search it out again to do so...

    So - unless any my "mod colleagues" has any objections - I have "Stickied" it.
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    Originally Posted by ClickyB
    This issue keeps coming back...

    I've linked to this thread once or twice recently but I keep having to search it out again to do so...

    So - unless any my "mod colleagues" has any objections - I have "Stickied" it.
    This thread should have been made sticky long back.

    Anyways, hope that people will SEE this thread before creating threads and get with the program

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    Stop preaching people about title tags and other stuff ;)
    ....even ur post has some serious validation errors....
    to my knowledge<rant>......</rant> is a illegal html syntax

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    Originally Posted by subzero27
    Stop preaching people about title tags and other stuff ;)
    ....even ur post has some serious validation errors....
    to my knowledge<rant>......</rant> is a illegal html syntax
    Apparently it's being introduced in the XHTML 2.0 specifications
    (mainly by those that have read and tried to understand the existing XHTML 2.0 specs!)
    ... I'll be back for breakfast
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    Originally Posted by ClickyB
    ClickyB disagrees: (0 of course) &lt;rant&gt;NO IT's NOT&lt;/rant&gt;
    Damn - they parsed my (perfectly legal) tags and spoiled the whole joke
    Last edited by ClickyB; Nov 22nd, 2007 at 12:13 PM.
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    I'd also add that it's worthwhile, at the same time, honing your SEO skills at determining relevancy. Posting in the wrong forum shows a distinct lack of this.

    Pagerank questions should go in the Pagerank forum, Google specific optimization questions in the Google optimization forum, etc etc

    I've lost track of the number of threads I've moved recently
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    Originally Posted by ClickyB
    a rant about my latest "pet peeve"... terrible thread titles.Quite honestly I begrudge the time it takes me to fix them! I am forced to wonder if the poster gives the same lack of thought to their site KW's and SEO...C'mon people - get with the program
    1. Unfortunately those who could learn from this post will never read it.

    2. I'm damn glad you are a moderator and not me because I would have 86ed about 80% of the people who post here by now. So you are adding a lot more value than it appears on the surface.

    3. Rant away! I would hate to have to raise my hand to be a moderator. So personally....I'm all EARS! LOL!

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    Titles and <titles>


    As a newbie - I thought this thread was going to tell us about Title tags

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    Originally Posted by stapes
    Titles and <titles>
    I'm glad you spotted the difference between Titles and <Titles>...


    ---

    Originally Posted by stapes
    As a newbie - I thought this thread was going to tell us about Title tags
    In a way it does... (it's good training).

    And you see...
    Originally Posted by ClickyB
    Better still would be titles which will - eventually - give the forum some tasty serps to help draw in more visitors.
    Best of all would be a thread title which achieves both of the above, AND attracts the maximum number of visitors to take a look.
    it works

    ---

    Incidentally... if you search Google for: allintitle:"home page" you'll see that some 16million web pages use "Home Page" in their home page title tag

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    Last edited by ClickyB; Feb 20th, 2008 at 10:05 AM. Reason: 'cos I had another thought :)
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    If you think this is bad, go to AbestWeb.com, where you sometimes get titles like "Earn $15,000/week from home"
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