1script - 3:27 am on Aug 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hi guys, thanks for your input. I will not revert to dynamic on existing pages for sure but was wondering if prettifying might be a little counterproductive for SEO purposes for future pages because it (appears to) inhibit the ability of the page to rank for the exact title phrase (i.e. the phrase that sums up what the pages is about - would have been a perfect phrase to rank for)
As far as the mechanics of what's happening, I have to explain better:
The page has a <title> tag of Using Type Widgets Of a Certain Color
its URL is http://www.example.com/widgets/widget-type-color-345.html
Google shows widget-type-color (with hyphens!) as the title of the SERP listing. It's a verbatim [part of] the URL but nowhere in the actual <title> tags. The only HTML it could have come from, in my opinion, is the anchor text of most links which is almost always just the URL. The phrase as-is (not to mention hyphens) does not appear anywhere on the page.