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Can Similar Titles Cause Supplemental Problems?

5:30 am on Apr 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Quick question for those with supplemental issues. It relates strictly to titles (someone mentioned titles and meta tages could play a role in supplemental issues).

Let's say one of my pages on my site is correctly titled "Complete Location Name". It's the main page for the park. Then, a secondary page is titled "Complete Location Name Activity". Would this cause problems with being placed in supplemental areas because both titles are using "Complete Location Name"? Thank you for any info and this awesome resource.

[edited by: tedster at 6:12 am (utc) on April 26, 2009]
[edit reason] use generic examples [/edit]

6:22 am on Apr 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The biggest cause of what we used to call supplemental troubles has historically been low PR. But in some borderline cases, the url can often be brought into showing regularly in search results by having a unique and page specific title and meta description. These are the two areas that get "top level" Google tagging, even for backwater urls.

You may have read posts where people say they can't be found for "exact quoted text on the page". Often that problem can stem from a lack of truly precision tagging on Google's back end. You want to avoid a blurry top level "identity" for the url, especially poor titles, meta descriptions, internal anchor text.

I'd find a way to change up the titles. For example, try to front load the title with the most important keywords FOR THAT PAGE - "Activity in Complete Location Name" or even add another modifier for that internal page. And definitely nail down a good, unique meta description.

Front loading the most differntiable keywords also help visitors to identify pages by being visible in the tabs when they have many pages open at the same time.

No guarantees, of course, but it's a worthwhile experiment to try. Still, the best cure for the supplemental blues is more PR.