Friday, August 18, 2006

The Title Tag

The title tag is one of the most important tags in your website/webpage/blog if we are talking about SEO. Search engines prioritize this tag when someone search for a certain keyword. Though to the ordinary blog readers, it is nothing but a simple title at the upper left hand side of their browser, to the search engine, it gives a hint of what your blog contains. And they give so much weight on this tag. Therefore, we must manipulate this tag in order for our blog to have a better search engine ranking.

By default, most Blogger blogs have their blog title inside the title tag, because all the default templates have this code on their template:

<title><$BlogTitle$></title>

However, if you are talking about a specific subject in your blog, it is better that the title of your post be included in the title tag, so that search engine can easily see your blog post and give your blog a better ranking on their results page. In order to do this, modify the above title tag as follows: (Simply copy and paste it on your Blogger template replacing the title tag above)

<title><$BlogTitle$><MainPage><Blogger> | <$BlogItemTitle$></Blogger></MainPage><ItemPage><Blogger> | <$BlogItemTitle$></Blogger></ItemPage></title>


With the code above, your title tag will contain the title of your blog plus the title of your blog posts seperated by the pipe sign (|) on the main page. Just limit your blog post to 2 or 3 on the main page, otherwise, you will have a very long title tag which search engines might ignore. Same thing will happen on the permalink pages, with the blog title and post title on the title tag. Just navigate this blog to see the results of that code if you don't get what I mean. =)

That's all folks! Happy weekend!

UPDATE: For Blogger Beta, refer to this Widget-Based XML post.

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7 comments:

jamie said...

loser ng blog ko you can't view the html source! blech! friendster... pero wala ako karapatan magreklamo libre e. siguro nga i have to prioritize my blogger account!

Rose said...

Useful post!

Razib Ahmed said...

"With the code above, your title tag will contain the title of your blog plus the title of your blog posts seperated by the pipe sign (|) on the main page. Just limit your blog post to 2 or 3 on the main page, otherwise, you will have a very long title tag which search engines might ignore."
Thanks for the post. It is very useful. YOu have written in a easy language so that even a non techy person like me could understand.

kukote said...

@jamie... switch ka na sa blogger ! :D

@ rose... it's my pleasure having you as my visitor ;) thanks for dropping by rose!

@razib ahmed... thanks razib. come back here more often ;)

Anonymous said...

will try the above script..thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi there, just want to let you know I've made a Blogger Beta version of inserting the title tag. Please take a look and let me know what you think. I've also included a link to this post.

Cin said...

Is there any way to optimize title tags while having the option to have 20 or so posts on the main page. People can be lazy and if you only show 2 or 3 you risk losing readers.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Title Tag

The title tag is one of the most important tags in your website/webpage/blog if we are talking about SEO. Search engines prioritize this tag when someone search for a certain keyword. Though to the ordinary blog readers, it is nothing but a simple title at the upper left hand side of their browser, to the search engine, it gives a hint of what your blog contains. And they give so much weight on this tag. Therefore, we must manipulate this tag in order for our blog to have a better search engine ranking.

By default, most Blogger blogs have their blog title inside the title tag, because all the default templates have this code on their template:

<title><$BlogTitle$></title>

However, if you are talking about a specific subject in your blog, it is better that the title of your post be included in the title tag, so that search engine can easily see your blog post and give your blog a better ranking on their results page. In order to do this, modify the above title tag as follows: (Simply copy and paste it on your Blogger template replacing the title tag above)

<title><$BlogTitle$><MainPage><Blogger> | <$BlogItemTitle$></Blogger></MainPage><ItemPage><Blogger> | <$BlogItemTitle$></Blogger></ItemPage></title>


With the code above, your title tag will contain the title of your blog plus the title of your blog posts seperated by the pipe sign (|) on the main page. Just limit your blog post to 2 or 3 on the main page, otherwise, you will have a very long title tag which search engines might ignore. Same thing will happen on the permalink pages, with the blog title and post title on the title tag. Just navigate this blog to see the results of that code if you don't get what I mean. =)

That's all folks! Happy weekend!

UPDATE: For Blogger Beta, refer to this Widget-Based XML post.

Technorati Tags: , , , ,

7 comments:

jamie said...

loser ng blog ko you can't view the html source! blech! friendster... pero wala ako karapatan magreklamo libre e. siguro nga i have to prioritize my blogger account!

Rose said...

Useful post!

Razib Ahmed said...

"With the code above, your title tag will contain the title of your blog plus the title of your blog posts seperated by the pipe sign (|) on the main page. Just limit your blog post to 2 or 3 on the main page, otherwise, you will have a very long title tag which search engines might ignore."
Thanks for the post. It is very useful. YOu have written in a easy language so that even a non techy person like me could understand.

kukote said...

@jamie... switch ka na sa blogger ! :D

@ rose... it's my pleasure having you as my visitor ;) thanks for dropping by rose!

@razib ahmed... thanks razib. come back here more often ;)

Anonymous said...

will try the above script..thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi there, just want to let you know I've made a Blogger Beta version of inserting the title tag. Please take a look and let me know what you think. I've also included a link to this post.

Cin said...

Is there any way to optimize title tags while having the option to have 20 or so posts on the main page. People can be lazy and if you only show 2 or 3 you risk losing readers.