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Odd Symbols in Title

Wondering whether odd character encoding in your title affects placemen

5:49 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed some sites with this ★ in there title on google listing I don't know how it will show up on the forum but in a title it's a black star which is quite nice in terms of attracting your attention to a listing.

I'm wondering if characters like that affect your ranking or if they're ignored or if anyone has any idea one way or another.

6:55 pm on Nov 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Extremely unlikely to have any effect on actual placement at all, but the idea is to attract more clicks due to the stars in the title.

It is rather a gimmic than a serious strategy to be honest. This was a fad a while back and I believe some SEs stopped displaying the stars in the titles for a while. I wouldn't count on it being a useful addition.