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I have always positioned my <title> element as the first child of the <head> element. I am building a site where, for various reasons the title is currently one of the last children of the <head> element. Does it matter either way with regard to SEO?

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No. The value of the <title> tag is the value of the <title> tag regardless of its location in the <head> of the document.

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the position of title tag is irrelevant, however the position of keywords inside the title tag is important.

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It doesn't matter where your title tag is in the head.

It does matter where you declare you charset though. You must declare a charset before a certain amount of bits within an HTML document in order for it to be valid.

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