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I have pagination links like so:

<a href="?page=2" rel="next">2</a>

Now when searching google google link to this page is 2, as you see here (google link).

Does adding a title to link(eg. title="Pagination - Page 2") help, so google results are not numberic?

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I choose this format generally so that I have the page in it and the title attribute helps a little for SEO as it states the title:

<a href="..." title="My category title - page X">X</a>
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So in google search results it shows "My category title - page X", instead of "X"? – Kristian Sep 24 '12 at 12:21

Google gets its info from the page itself, not from the link to it. So make sure the page has a proper title element in the head, which contains the title you want.

There seems to be a title element on the page, but that's because they now return a 404-page.

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It has proper title tag. – Kristian Sep 10 '12 at 13:10
This is a half-truth. While much of the info on the page is used for information about itself, information contained in internal and external link texts do matter. – Chris Peters Sep 10 '12 at 14:39
For ranking, yes, but not for the page title. – GolezTrol Sep 10 '12 at 15:05

I would suggest you to set the title element of those pages to "Page x" (instead of leaving only numbers). Additionally, some meta information would help too.

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I think it doesn't matter at all to having page numbers on the title, and also it would be good for users somehow.

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