Sally_Stitts - 6:16 am on Oct 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
These, I assume, are words 2 thru 5 in the title.
- Could this phrase be described as a long tail phrase that you're hoping someone would search for? (I now think it may not matter, but every little bit of info helps).
I used to think I knew all about "long tails", but after that fiasco with that "long tailed" results website a few years back, I thought it was a waste of time. Now, people are talking about "long-tail" terms in their titles, which blows right by me. Any terms in the title would be, BY DEFINITION, NOT long-tail. To me, it means somewhat removed from the literal, intended key words, oftentimes far removed. So, I don't understand the term used in that way.
- Did you rank for the phrase previously?
Don't know, can't say. For that specific search. But it was "around" on Google.
- If you put this phrase in quotes, with no additional words, is your page returned?
I'm #2, outranked by my copied content. Google says 4,520 results, but going to the next page reveals that there are really only 11.
- Is this exact phrase included somewhere on your page?
Yes. I always make my page title element (sorry) the same as my on-page title.
Actually, I screwed up, and didn't do it EXACTLY this time - this screws things up.
- If you put this phrase in quotes, with the 6th word in the title either included in the quotes and/or tacked on after, is your page returned?
THAT makes me #1. Followed by 9 others with my copied content.
- If you put the entire title in quotes, is the page returned?
THAT also makes me #1, with 9 others.
- If you put a unique sentence from your page in quotes and search for it, is the page returned?
NO! I used the first sentence of my meta description, and there were 3 results returned - I was not one of them; they had all copied me.