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What is a Meta Title Tag & How to Test it by SEO Title Checker?

What is a Meta Title Tag & How to Test it by SEO Title Checker?

What is Meta Title?

Title Tag is the title of a page that is almost always used in search engine results. It’s a very important part of SEO as search engines determine whether a page is relevant to certain users’ search queries. Title tags in SEO are also used to attract users’ attention, they help to understand what information will be displayed on the page. But SERPS rank is not only one place where users see a page title. And it is critically important to understand.

1. Title in HTML code

Here how title and meta title look like in code. You can copy it in 1 click.

<meta name="title" content ="Free On-Page SEO Checker - Get Your SEO Score Now">
<title>Free On-Page SEO Checker - Get Your SEO Score Now</title>

2. Title in SERP

SERP can be the most important place, because of organic search is one of the biggest sources for relevant website traffic.

title tag in serp

Sometimes it happens that Page and SERP titles do not match.

3. Title in social media

Remember that people can share your content in social media. How many people will visit these links depends on how good is your title. User behavior in search engines and social medias differs. Users see a specific SERP in search engine depends on queries they entered. But while they use social media they often have no clear goal. That is why sometimes better to set another title in open graph tags.

title tag in social media

4. Title in browser tab

More open tabs user has while working in the browser, more important for him to navigate between them fast. And there are two points that help him in this purpose: website favicon and title.

title tag in browser tab

5. Title in browser bookmarks

Useful links are saved to browser bookmarks. With high probability, if the user has a lot of bookmarks, he will forget what page is about. That’s why a clear title is a must in this case too.

title tag in browser bookmarks

Why is title important?

Title tag is important for two reasons.

  • Ranking factor.As one of 200 ranking factors title has an influence on would your page displayed in top by keywords or not. The impact of title depends on it contains keyword or not (and it is better if title start with this keyword).
  • Conversion factor. This is an average CTR (click-through rate) your page has. This metric we can get if sum CTR from all sources: organic search, social media, browser tabs, messengers, etc. Navigating through web user makes a lot of decisions. Each time to visit a page he answers on questions: “does it what I need now?” and “why this page and not another?”. If your title is boring, not relevant and too long, there is a high risk that nobody will click on it.

How to check a meta title tag with our testing tool?

Step 1: Insert Your URL and Start Free Trial

To start your free trial, simply enter your URL into the field below and click the button. You don’t even need a credit card – just confirm your email or use your Google or Facebook account to get started. It’s quick and easy to begin taking advantage of all that we have to offer!

SEO title tags checker step 1

Step 2: Get Result

We will crawl your website, including the URL you added to the tool. It will take just a few seconds, and you will get results for your URL with the title tag date. It includes the title tag count on the page, tag text, and title length. Also on the result page, you will get an SEO audit of your page with all kinds of issues.

title checker report

Features of title tag tester

Keep in mind, that there are very small amounts of websites that have no technical issues. Most likely, your website has some type of problem with titles. After the creation of the trial, we launch an audit not just for the URL that you checked the title but for the full site. So you will be able to find the Title issues that your site has, and the list of URLs with those kinds of problems.

title checker - site audit

Also, there are will be the How to fix recommendations for that issues.

title checker - site audit categories
title checker - site audit title issues

Detect duplicate titles on your website

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How to create good meta tag title?

1. Availability

The website title line must be filled! Otherwise, the page will not be ranked. Missing title issue has to be detected and fixed in time.

2. Length

The optimal meta title length is from 60 to 120 symbols, but as the user cannot view more than 60 characters on the query results page, we strongly recommend to create titles which do not exceed this limit. The issue when the seo title is too short or title tag is too long has to be fixed.

meta title length

3. Relevance

Title must reflect the purpose of this page, that is to say, it should be relevant to its content. Otherwise, the popular search engines can choose it on their own.

4. Keyword usage

The most frequent keyword (in the direct entry) from those participating in the page promotion should be included in the meta tag title. As a rule, there is a recommendation that it should be placed as close as possible to the beginning of the text. It is a problem when no keywords were found in the page title.

Avoid keyword stuffing. It’s sometimes helpful to have a few descriptive terms in the title, but there’s no reason to have the same words or phrases appear multiple times. Keyword stuffing can make your results look spammy to Google and to users.

Google Search Console

5. No duplicates on the page

The tag “title” should be used on the page only once and its place is in the code block “head”, not “body”! The issue when multiple title tags are found has to be fixed.

6. No duplicates on the website

If it is possible, create a unique title for each page of the site. You can check the uniqueness using Google, just write the text in a direct match in the search bar and explore the results. It is necessary to fix duplicate page titles on the website.

7. Attractiveness

Meta title is shown as the headline of the article in the results of the query (above the page address). Potential visitors of your page will choose to activate the link or not depending on how informative and attractive the title is. That is why meta tag title must attract your audience to help you to sell. The formulation including the particles “how”, “where”, and advantages of the services or goods is the best in this concern.

Title = H1

The important question is can your title tag and h1 tag be the same. It is highly recommended to use the same words and word combinations for the tags “title” and “h1”. But remember, it is better not to use the same text for both of them.

Yes. There are a lot of WordPress sites that have good rankings in organic search even with the same title and h1 on the page. But you should understand that these tags have different purposes.

Title tag is a content that helps user to choose your page among others. Here you can use your brand name, details of geo and price.

H1 tag is a content that helps user only to explain what page is about. There is no need to include your brand name and price here. User has already chosen you.

So, search engines will not punish your page if title and h1 will the same. But website visitors can be confused in some cases.

Why Google can show another title?

Sometimes Google use another content to create page snippet, not content from title tag. You may be upset about it. But remember Google collects tons of data. There are may exist queries for which your page is relevant, but title is not. You can not predict all cases.

If we’ve detected that a particular result has one of the above issues with its title, we may try to generate an improved title from anchors, on-page text, or other sources. However, sometimes even pages with well-formulated, concise, descriptive titles will end up with different titles in our search results to better indicate their relevance to the query. There’s a simple reason for this: the title tag as specified by a webmaster is limited to being static, fixed regardless of the query.

When we know the user’s query, we can often find alternative text from a page that better explains why that result is relevant. Using this alternative text as a title helps the user, and it also can help your site. Users are scanning for their query terms or other signs of relevance in the results, and a title that is tailored for the query can increase the chances that they will click through.
Google Search Console Help

In video below, Matt Cutts explains in detail how Google create snippet based on the content of page.

How Google Search Console can help?

Google Search Console can help to find out what keywords are the most relevant for your title. Before publishing a new page you probably made keyword research. After the page publishing you may discover that Google ranks your page by keywords you did not expect.

seo page title tool

For example, the first title of the page you are reading now does not include keyword “seo”. But we found that this page begin to rank by phrases that include this keyword. So, we refreshed title and added a new keyword.

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