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Does G apply a cut-off or limit after a certain number of words or characters?
[edited by: Simsi at 2:40 pm (utc) on Sep. 26, 2006]
Let's assume every keyword is worth 10 points.
One keyword in your title tag is worth 10 points.
Having two keywords in your title tag, each keyword is worth only 5 points.
Having five keywords in your title tag, makes each keyword worth only 2 points.
Having long title tags is definetely not the best idea..
What that means is that different title formats are acceptable for ranking purposes. The SERPs show there is no single right way for doing the title tags, but many different ways of creating them.
Going back to the original question, I see a site in position three for a competitive commercial term with a title tag 28 words long. LoL. It's relevant, but seems the site is in the SERPs as a variety choice.
And after all, why try to have one url rank for every keyword in the junk drawer?