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    TITLE - any length

    Titles are very important to google searches. I have been trying to write very long web page titles to help my site. Is there a limit on the number of words or characters that you can include in a title? Do title sthat5 are too long have a negative effect

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    If you stuff it full of keywords then yes it can start to have a negative effect.

    Keep titles simple. nuf said.
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    Write titles so that they describe the page and are useful to users first and foremost.

    Stuffing them with keywords and having excessively long titles will usually have a negative impact when abused as the strength of each word will obviously be diluted.

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    60 characters is the MAX a title should be. Less is better though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by designbysterling View Post
    60 characters is the MAX a title should be. Less is better though.
    Who Says? If it takes 60 characters to describe the content then so be it. Usually it won't but as far as I'm aware search engines don't state this yet various figures get thrown about with no evidence to back it up.

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    60 characters is the amount that Google suggests. Their web crawlers generally take up to 80 characters, but it is recommended to use 60 for best results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Google
    Make sure that your TITLE tags and ALT attributes are descriptive and accurate.
    No mention of 80 or 60 characters. Although I would personally question whether a title with 60 characters in would be much use to a user anyway so I'd always try and make it brief and straight to the point.

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    I am not going to argue with csswiz over characters, it is just immature. The point of this thread was to get advice on title lengths dealing with Google.

    So basically, stick with the basics and what you want the Google web crawler to find. Keep in mind the specific words you want users to search for to find your site. Just be sure that the keywords used are relevant to your site.
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    If you are on a mobile device it might matter more but terseness if good.

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    If title is too long they cut it off and terms might get messed up in serps.


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