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Two days later I am on PR3 with this page.
Last time I checked (two years ago), this type of SEO would have improved my ranking. Is this not true anymore?
Moving a descriptive title tag to the front of it is better for the engines and the users.
ie. Blah blah blah blah - Blah.com
is better than
Blah.com - Blah blah blah blah
Tabbed browsing will cut off the end and you will not be able to see the page title when there are 12 open at one time.
improving your title tag, keyrwords and description in itself won't improve your ranking.
but now that you've done it, more people are likely to click on your link in the search results. so your page will get more visits. and that is what google will measure (through their cookies, toolbar and analytics). that is what will improve your ranking in the long-run. but they can't calculate that in a second like they did with the old-style on-page factors, back in the day. you've got to give them time to measure the performance.
So, when was the last time you did this en-mass and then got a better search engine ranking?
Taking for granted that it was not in the last 5 years, what advantage to the user would partaking of this "white hat SEO" maneuver be?
As i remember webpages titles, as displayed by some searches engines, was increase some 2 or 3 years ago to allow 50+ characters to be displayed.
Saying you went from PR2 to PR3 does not sound like a problem - it's an improvement. Are you confusing PR (PageRank) with search rankings?
you are 100% right tedster, which just goes to show how little i know or do about seo.
so yes, we slipped from page 2 to page 3 in google search rankings.
we had been on page 2 for a few months and i found us on page 3 the day after we updated the tags.