Msg#: 4132674 posted 2:19 pm on May 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hello all and thanks for any tips.
Lets say we have a dynamic generated page (full page or part of it). In that page we have a counter (examples include number of products on page, number of images on gallery, whatever you can think of).
Will affect my page in a positive way, if i put that counter on the title? for example: <title>33 crazy asteroid photos here</title> in that order (first counter, then keywords)
Msg#: 4132674 posted 8:14 pm on May 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'd be not so concerned about crawling, but more about ranking - specifically a possible penalty. The title is, arguably, the most important on-page element. Frequent changes to the title have caused some ranking problems for some people, although those people weren't just changing a number, they were changing semantically important content.
One factor that might be important is how frequently any page's title would change under your proposed situation. Would it be every time googlebot comes around?
If you feel that the number would be helpful to see in the search results, how about dynamically inserting it in the description?
And another idea - if you do want to try this direction, I'd suggest testing it on one page, or just a few pages first rather than going site-wide in one jump. I can see that it might help you get better click-through as long as it doesn't drop your rankings.
Msg#: 4132674 posted 4:55 pm on May 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
We added numbers to page titles in a hyper competive industry sucessfully in order to diiferentiate from competitors. We added the counter not just to the title but also in the meta description and incorporated it into the page content to. I would recommend the format:
<title>Crazy Asteroid Photos - 33 Photos of Crazy Asteroids </title>
Our counters didnt change more than once a month and we only saw positive results.