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I understand the change to try and stop scrapers ranking higher on Google. Adding the most popular tag to the page title seems like a good idea.

However, a side effect that I'm noticing is that with a lot of tabs open, now the only part of the title that I can see is the tag. Would moving this keyword to later in the page title harm these efforts to improve SEO?

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    It might be a good idea to edit another example into this post, since the specific question cited isn't really valid any more -- it doesn't insert that tag in the title when the string already exists. Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 12:03
  • @JeffAtwood is this logic case-insensitive?
    – Wolf
    Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 14:00

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Yes, putting important keywords closer to the beginning of a title does help SEO. SEOmoz's ranking factors survey agrees, as do other sources.

Keyword Use Anywhere in the Title Tag
66% very high importance

Keyword Use as the First Word(s) of the Title Tag
63% high importance

Keyword Use in the Root Domain Name
60% high importance

Keyword Use Anywhere in the H1 Headline Tag
49% moderate importance

Side rant: Personally I hate this because it actually devalues user experience in many cases. For home pages, if you are a company selling red widgets a spammy title like "red widgets, widgets, blue widgets" can be more successful that "Awesome WidCo plc - suppliers of red widgets".

I believe the site name should come first on the home page, but SEO forces you to do the opposite.

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    I agree too and +1. A possible solution is "red widgets - Company Name", but I agree that i would prefer to see just the "Company Name" in Google results and NOT a bunch of identical titles "red widgets - company A", "red widgets - company B", "red widgets - company C". If you want to have fun search on Google for "Hotel Cattolica", look at page 2. Commented Dec 10, 2010 at 12:35
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    +1 - Frustrating when search engine algorithms encourage sites to degrade general web experience
    – Whisk
    Commented Dec 10, 2010 at 23:27
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    @the they already did, and we didn't, which is why we had this problem in the first place. Commented Dec 10, 2010 at 23:30
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    @sparr poll or not, the results of the poll match our practical, real world experience exactly. In fact the #1 item is the thing we changed before knowing about this poll, again, based on real world observation of results. Commented Dec 11, 2010 at 5:15
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    @Chris, @MrG: No, it's mostly because Jeff tweeted about this (and he's got quite many followers on Twitter).
    – Jonik
    Commented Dec 11, 2010 at 13:34

Yes, it matters. For examples

  1. search for buy apple iphone: See the result 2 links of Apple Iphone pages comes in which buy link comes first.
    1. Now Just apple iphone

similarly you can experiment variations and see the results.

In my analysis, it depends upon positional strength. it is a complex formula. In summary, order of words in a query should be closest match in title,url and description.

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    What a example.... Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 4:59

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