Msg#: 4632951 posted 7:06 am on Dec 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Doesn't it depend on what you'd be making if you did do it manually?
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I'm reminded nebulously of a discussion one or two years back about variation for variation's sake. If they really are all the same, there's no point in coming across like a freshman who has just discovered the thesaurus.
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If, on the other hand, each one is potentially different, then stick with the handmade versions.
Msg#: 4632951 posted 1:19 pm on Dec 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
You should make sure that your most important pages have titles and meta descriptions that are hand crafted.
Less important pages may have automatic generated title if (because of the number of pages) it is not practical to set each manually. Ideally, you would need to have something like: if title/meta desc field in CMS is non-blank, use it, otherwise create programmatically.
I would also review then whether these less important pages that use programmatically generated titles should perhaps be noindexed (e.g. if you are using a template and the location is only thing that is different between pages).
Msg#: 4632951 posted 3:28 pm on Dec 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
I use them on my event taxonomy pages, and haven't had a problem. Specific events have individual unique titles and meta descriptions, so it comes down to plus or minus 40% auto generated and 60% hand written. No-indexing the taxonomy pages isn't an option; many of them rank extremely well for their locations and are as popular as the individual event pages.