Firebug (a browser extension that allows you to inspect page elements) has a speed test built into it and the 'Site Performance' section in Google Webmsater Tools will give suggestions on how to improve page load speeds. Usually when Google 'recommend' something it's a good idea to pay attention.
Google Adds Page Load Time To Quality Score Algorithm (Search Engine Land)
Last edited by JJMcClure; January 14th, 2011 at 5:49 AM.
Clinton (January 14th, 2011)
Title is an element, not a tag.
I agree 100%. However, it's important to note that some of those who spam the SEs do very well too. There's a lot of junk in the SERPs.Best rule of thumb is to write your content as if search engines didn't exist, if you get it right for humans it will work well for bots, that's what they're looking for anyway
Yes. And if you are, that's a far better way to get traffic than by following their ridiculous guidelines. But seeing this is Website 101 I must admit it's not something I'd advise for the newbie webmaster. When you start off it's probably best to play by their rules.Don't try and con search engines unless your 100% sure you know what your doing, ever!
It's an important distinction since users see Titles but not meta tags and search engines pretty much ignore meta tags. I'm not just splitting hairs, it matters and this thread is aimed at beginners who need to get it right from the off.
To describe the Title as an element is like saying A is a Letter, yes it is but more specifically and more meaningfully in the context of letters being used in a document, it's a vowel, where T which is also a Letter, isn't a vowel. Do you see?
HTML <title> Tag - WC3 Schools
Dave McM (February 7th, 2011)
More bickering around here than at a prom.
I think the gist is out there, tag, element, whatever...
hooperman (January 14th, 2011)
Title attribute, a completely different thing from the page Title and it's you that's going to further confuse people by incorrectly calling it a tag.
Back to the OP ...
I agree. One word of caution: Do it on your own domain rather than blogspot or wordpress. That gives you more options later on, including the ability to sell the site if you ever want to.It does not matter if you opt to use a CMS (wordpress, drupal or Joomla) or a traditional html platform (word+, dreamweaver, expressionweb) to build your first site.