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6:44 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Can we use, commas in the <TITLE> without getting blacklisted?

Is there a limit to the number or suggested number of commas to use?

6:47 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sure, use all the commas you want.
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really? I am asking because I thought too many commas in the title tags are considered spamming. I heard that we should not use more than 2, but I am just checking here.
11:15 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This is the first I have ever heard anything like this. I've used them on many sites for several years (simply for grammar reasons) with no issues.
11:18 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If you find yourself with multiple commas in your
<title>
elements, then there may be some issues with proper formatting. Usually the only time I see many commas is when someone is formatting their title like a keyword separated list. That is not how the
<title>
element should be formatted.
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I'd be more concerned with what's going in between the commas.
12:44 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This is ok:

<title>Jimmy's Widget Wholesalers, Sydney</title>

This is a bit questionable:

<title>Widget, Widgets, Widget Sales, Widgets Sydney, Widget Widgets</title>

12:58 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I would consider something like this alright, if done conservatively.

Jimmy's Widget Wholesalers: Offerring Widgets, Widgets For Sale, etc.

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"I would consider something like this alright"

That is what I was referring to as when gramatically needed. I don't have lots of commas on every title tag, but I own quite a few sites, all decently sized and occasionally, you need a few commas ;).

4:50 pm on May 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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commas are ok if they are for humans, like agerhart's example. a bad example would be
<title>widgets, blue widgets, red widgets, widgets</title>

also make sure not to use any special symbols like the arrows, sqaures or other eye catching stuff, they are very easy for search engines to notice

12:24 am on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is there a limit to the number or suggested number of commas to use?

As I'm interpreting this question, it's not about commas, but about whether lists are allowed.

There's not exactly a rule against lists, I think, but there are some problems with excessive repetition of any one word in the title tag, about what this repetition might gain you vrs what it loses for you, and there are other questions like how the engines and searchers look at lists versus natural language.

The thread below asks essentially the same question in a different way, and some of the discussion applies to this thread too. The difference between hyphens and commas isn't that important... they're both delimitors.

Is it useful to use keywords in page title?
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