The definition of a title tag is an HTML tag in a web page’s source code, which the website owner can customize, that is displayed as a blue link in search engine results pages (SERPs) in Google.

Customizing your web page’s title tag is crucial to user experience (UX) and search engine optimization (SEO).

Using the right method, you can quickly improve Google rankings, click-through rates (CTR), brand awareness, website traffic, and sales, when optimizing your title tags.

Example of a Title Tag

  <title>HTML Reference</title>

Example of a well-optimized title tag

Well-Optimized Title Tag Example

The above image shows a top organic search result with a well-optimized title tag for keyword chocolate chip cookies recipe.

While there are many other great aspects to the above search result, such as Review Schema, SiteLinks, and not to mention the tempting chocolate chip cookies image, the focus here is their title tag displaying as a blue link to their website.

I’ll wait while you grab some cookies from your pantry…

Ok, ok, I grabbed some too!

This example by Betty Crocker shows a great web page title because it includes an adjective “Ultimate” and the keywords “Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe” and finally, their brand name “”

Title tag dos and don’ts to help you optimize your website

The DOS:


More optimization tips I recommend


Use capitalization when appropriate. Remember, capital letters are often wider than lowercase letters. Size does matter.

You don’t have to max out your title tag character limit. Keep it relevant, hyperfocused and attractive. Otherwise, Google may show a different title tag to improve the user’s experience based on their browsing history.

Third-party plugins may override your custom page title tags if not set up correctly. So check your settings and title tags frequently.

Do not guess what your customers are searching for, do extensive keyword research first. A fun tool I like to use for quick keyword research ideas is called Keywords Everywhere. It will tell you keyword search volumes of anything you type into Google right away.

Every word you add to your title tag must have value and should be there for a specific reason.

Use long-tail keywords. A good example is shown above with chocolate chip cookies recipe.

Use title tag modifiers such as best, reviews, checklist, definitive guide, step-by-step, course, case study, new, proven, free.

Reasons why Google doesn’t show your title tag

You should keep in mind that we’re all playing by Google’s rules. And sometimes, Google may choose not to show your custom title tag in order to serve the best possible search result to the user.

Here are some reasons why your custom title tag may not show:

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