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    Lightbulb How Long Should Your Blog Title Length Be Does it Really Matter

    Hi,

    When asked, "Mr. Lincoln, how long do you think a man's legs should be?" Lincoln replied, "Long enough to reach the ground."

    So how long should a Blog title be?

    Long enough to hit your objective. Some will disagree with me here.

    Most SEO experts argued that the Blog title length must NOT be longer than 65 or 68 characters, and should be between 4 to 7 words.

    Google shows 69 characters for blog title length.

    Yahoo shows up to 72 characters blog title length.

    Bing shows 65 characters for a blog title length.

    Ask shows 69 characters for a blog title length.

    Take a look at this sample from Amazon. It is on page #1 on Google.

    Amazon.com: Fire Down Below: Steven Seagal, Kris Kristofferson, Marg Helgenberger, Stephen Lang, Brad Hunt, Harry Dean Stanton, Levon Helm, Mark Collie, Alex Harvey, Ed Bruce, Amelia Neighbors, Richard Masur, Jeb Stuart, Julius R. Nasso, Ronald G. Smith, William S. Gilmore, Philip Morton: Movies & TV"
    The Blog title length should be filled with keywords that are relevant to your post.

    Just because it is not shown does not mean that you can't have more characters.

    Do your own homework to determine your blog title length.

    Don't always listen to the so called SEO experts.

    In closing I feel that you will NOT get penalized by Google for the length of your title as long as Google thinks it's relevant.

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    Ah, but is this going to appeal to the end-user? I tend to first visit websites that appear to be most relevant to my search queries.

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    Afaik, big titles don't have any negative effects on the SERPS unless they are spammy...

    The first 60 characters should have the keyword/phrase that the searcher is looking for.. otherwise he wont click through to your site..

    Using your keyword/phrase, create short a catchy title...anything more than 65-70 characters is simply a waste of time..

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    Well gee Charles, I believe all searchers do that.
    Has nothing to do with blog title length.

    I do not worry about the length of any blog titles.
    I just put up a nice title and let it go at that.
    Anyone who worries about title length has too much time on their hands.

    I have seen, like Sami, lots of blog titles that are reallllly long.
    I had one the other day that was 65 (66 if you count the question mark) characters long.
    It is number 3 in google search for that title.

    True, any SEO expert (and face it, too many call themselves expert after reading one post in a forum about SEO) that says length is important for SEO purposes is one to avoid.

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    Anyone who worries about title length has too much time on their hands.
    lol.. I usually try to make my main index page site titles fit so that they can be read properly in google results and not get cut off.

    Everything else for page titles is as long as it needs to be.

    Amazon can probably get away with anything though, no matter how bad their SEO is or how bad the site code is.

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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by rome9t9 View Post
    Using your keyword/phrase, create short a catchy title...anything more than 65-70 characters is simply a waste of time..
    By creating short titles you are making it harder on yourself IMO. Kinda like going after long tail and short tail keywords.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike-XS View Post
    Amazon can probably get away with anything though, no matter how bad their SEO is or how bad the site code is.
    I disagree with that search engines read the title to help with their results it just shows only a few characters the title can be any length as long as it's relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    Well gee Charles, I believe all searchers do that.
    Has nothing to do with blog title length.
    Yes - this has everything to do with blog title length.

    I don't deem a website to be relevant to my search query if it contains my search query but does not appear to have been created specifically for the purpose of answering my query.

    Example:

    If I was looking to build a chicken coop, I would use the search query "how to build a chicken coup."

    If a result appeared with the title, "How to Build a Chicken Coop," I would consider it to be relevant because it appears to have been created specifically for the purpose of answering my query.

    If a result appeared with the title, "Chicken Coops | Buying Chicken Coops | Building Chicken Coops | Maintaining Chicken Coops," I would most likely not visit this resource. Why? Although it would probably answer my query, it would most likely not answer my query in detail because it would be targeting a mixture of different queries and would not have been created specifically for the purpose of answering my query.

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    Hi,

    Would you go to this one?

    Super simple and easy instructions on how to build a red and green chicken coop from metal wood and chicken wire that can be made in a day.
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    Seowise - I use the targeted keyword or up to three keywords separated with |

    It seems that Google reads the keywords backwards as well so you may be able to sequeeze in an extra keyword combination

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sami4u View Post
    Hi,



    By creating short titles you are making it harder on yourself IMO. Kinda like going after long tail and short tail keywords.

    Sami
    Are you talking about targeting a page for two keywords/phrases and putting both of them in the title, and optimizing the page for two keywords??


    For Search traffic its a good practice to create one page for one keyword/phrase. If I am writing an article on how to build chicken coop then I would title it as 'how to build a chicken coop' cos thats my main target... with good linkbuilding I can get to #1..

    Having the desired phrase in your title is enough to give you the boost..

    Quote Originally Posted by Sami4u View Post
    Hi,

    Would you go to this one?

    Super simple and easy instructions on how to build a red and green chicken coop from metal wood and chicken wire that can be made in a day.


    Sami
    I would never go with the one you wrote...you would get relatively less CTR even if you are on #1... put the required KW in first 65-70 chars, after that you can add anything...

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