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Site URL/Title Is Duplicated In Page Title
What's best for SEO purposes?

 4:29 am on Sep 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

So basically my site is about product reviews with a specific type of parameter that defines them from others. Imagine I only review widgets in Seattle and target keywords with "widgets in Seattle" so they'll appear in my post title always. Now imagine my site is WidgetsInSeattle.com and the site KW shows up at the end of each title tag.

So obviously most of my posts would be optimized with "The 5 Best Organic Widgets In Seattle" but with my URL keywords on the right showing up, it looks like ""The 5 Best Organic Widgets In Seattle - Widgets In Seattle"

This is obviously kind of silly and looks crappy and I don't want it to look like I'm keyword stuffing and I don't want to over optimize my site.

What's the best course of action here? Most of my articles will contain the keyword "Widgets In Seattle" because that's the focus on the site.

Which is the best option?

1. Remove the Widgets In Seattle (name of site) from the title bar completely and ONLY have the article title.

2. Change it from Widgets In Seattle to WidgetsInSeattle.com so it's more "branded" and not a full keyword.

3. ?

I feel like removing the site title completely is the best one. WidgetsInSeattle just eats up space and doesn't do much.

Thanks for the help.



 8:20 am on Sep 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

i would avoid the echo and make sure your titles are constructed knowing the site/domain name won't be appended.
the home page should probably be titled "Widgets In Seattle" or maybe "Widgets In Seattle - WidgetsInSeattle.com" since you'll probably have room there for the branding.


 9:20 am on Sep 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the response.

"make sure your titles are constructed knowing the site/domain name won't be appended."

You mean to craft my titles with the main keyword in them since it won't be there at the end of the title anymore? If so, they're naturally included in most of my sites.

Regarding the homepage, the title is something like Widgets In Seattle - A Helpful Guide To Seattle Widgets


 11:25 am on Sep 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

Widgets In Seattle - A Helpful Guide To Seattle Widgets

In case the visitor's mind wandered and they missed "Widget" and "Seattle" the first time around?

To me the longer part (Helpful Guide etc) sounds more like an <h1> than a <title>. Concrete consideration: The more tabs you've got open, the more a title gets truncated. After a while all you've got left is "A Helpful Guide to" ... uh, something or other.

Besides, google will make up a different title to display in SERPs if it feels like it.


 6:10 pm on Sep 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

So what would you suggest? I feel like Widgets In Seattle is a strong enough indicator. I don't think someone would open my page and then only see "Widgets In Seattle" and decide to X out of it suddenly.

Thanks for the response.


 8:32 pm on Sep 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

Sorry for bumping, but just want clarification.

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