MLHmptn - 4:15 am on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
So now comes the next factor. I wonder if you have some keywords to the right titles you can compare. My sense of it is that you may be seeing a keyword-in-the-middle correlation mostly because that's where your keywords happen to show up.
Regardless of whether it appears to be a myth or not, I still wouldn't recommend people stuffing their company name and motto/slogan on the left of every page.
Good advice Tedster/incrediBILL even though I do not always follow this as I tend to end every title tag with @ "company name" so title tags to the right is hard for me to analyze because I have always used this method. This would be interesting to discuss as well if anybody is noticing keyword boosts for the right side of the title tag keywords.
Then again, are we talking about Google, Bing, Ask or some other SE?
I am only noticing this on Google as I have witnessed major spikes from Google on most of my sites. Secondary keywords in the middle of the title tag are getting a ranking boost without any additional anchors targeting the secondary synonyms and/or keywords.
It really makes me think that Google is dampening and/or penalizing the SEO'd term(s) if inbody content and anchors match the left hand most keyword(s) and to me this would make sense as most SEO's follow the left side title tag theory and to cut down on spam they could surely target this as a known "spam technique".