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    Removing the Site Name from Drupal Page Titles

    Drupal has a fairly annoying policy of making page titles which look like this:
    Topic of Page | Name of Site
    That's not great for SEO, so I went looking for how to fix page titles under Drupal.

    I guessed that I would need to find some option hidden three layers deep in Drupal's complex menu structure. Instead, I discovered that I actually had to install two separate modules into Drupal to edit page titles.

    First I installed the Page Title mod. That required the Token mod before it could be enabled.

    Next I enabled both modules. Nothing happened. No new menu items magically appeared. Ahh... I have to give myself permissions to see the new menu items. What-ever.

    Finally I edit the pattern for page titles.

    Old:
    [page-title] | [site-name]
    New:
    [page-title]
    This process just seemed unnecessarily complex to me. It made WordPress look even better as a CMS.
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    Sorry to go a bit off topic here, but is having your site name come after the page title bad for SEO?

    I understand it would be bad to have it like this: [site-name] | [page-title]

    But why would it be bad the other way around?

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    I believe it is -- unless you're trying to rank every page for your site name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmongy View Post
    Sorry to go a bit off topic here, but is having your site name come after the page title bad for SEO?

    I understand it would be bad to have it like this: [site-name] | [page-title]

    But why would it be bad the other way around?
    If you have a brandable name that people would be search for then you'd want the name in the title, eg Amazon, Microsoft, Andreas Viklund etc

    If your domain name means very little to your visitors then leave it out. If your domain is keyword rich, and so are your page titles, then you run the risk of spamming by including those keywords in the title if they aren't directly relevant to the page.

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