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As far as semantics go, the order of importance is simple for a bot to figure out... It goes from the top down. The <header> is the header. The H1 is the heading of the following content. The <footer> is the footer. It really doesn't need H2s or H3s or H4s.
I know, because Bing has it nailed.
What they don't have nailed is the ability of short and concise to communicate plenty when the site fits exactly what the searcher searched for.
Oh, in that case don't worry about it. You'll float to the top within a few months, virtually guaranteed.
Hmmm, it appears you want Google to read your mind.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 3:18 pm (utc) on Feb 19, 2011]
It's my site and it's my title and I'm not going to change it for everyone or how it displays in the browser, because that's part of branding, and it's important, imo.
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Maybe the rewrite algo's name is HAL2000
Neither Google nor Bing has it nailed. You are not #1 in either.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 3:13 am (utc) on Feb 20, 2011]
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 4:01 am (utc) on Feb 20, 2011]
This makes a challenging moving target for SEO endeavors
PageOneResults thinks I should change my title and description to give Google what they want; I think Google should let me brand a business website as I choose
I also have a lot of sympathy with knowing which battles to take on and how much traffic I can sacrifice for a principle.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 4:25 am (utc) on Feb 20, 2011]
PageOneResults thinks I should change my title and description to give Google what they want.
If the word started with an ascender, like ehow, we would have gone with non-hyphenated, but since we can't capitalize the first letter of the word in a domain name we decided host it on the hyphenated version.
We actually had it on the non-hyphenated version for about 24 hours and looked at it for a bit, then registered the hyphenated version to host it on.
And tell me, what is wrong with...
eBrandô | Three Word Tagline
If I were to follow your eBrand use in the document, that domain when displayed visually e.g. in print, would be...
eBrandô | Three Word Tagline
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 2:58 pm (utc) on Feb 20, 2011]
What's wrong is that in the context of that particular search, when Google added the uninvited three word tagline, CTR went down.
If CTR had improved or at least stayed the same, TheMadScientist would have had less reason for frustration.
CTR is stronger when one's ad ... or one's SERP title ... stands out from the surroundings.