How to Change the Title Format on Blogger Blogs and Increase Traffic

So you have written great titles for your posts, you have named your images, and you have used key words in your posts. You have done quite a bit to improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and your posts are beginning to move up on the results pages. But  there is one more thing you can do to improve your chances of being chosen from the other posts on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) and attract more traffic to your blog.

Why Change Your Title Format on Blogger?

You can change your blog’s Title Format, so that your post name comes before your blog name. Why would you do that? Because your post title most probably contains the key words the searcher used, so that puts the words that they are looking for at the beginning of the search result. If you have a long blog name (guilty) the searcher might only see your blog name and a portion of your blog title and that might not be enough to encourage them to click through to my post.

For example:

I wrote a post on How to Make a Substitute for Herbamare. Since I realized that a lot of my readers would not know what herbamare was, I added A Seasoned Salt Recipe to the end of my blog title, thus creating the longest blog title ever.

Search engines send me a lot of traffic from people looking for a homemade herbamare recipe, but they also send me a lot of traffic from people looking for a Seasoned Salt recipe. However, if my blog name came first, searchers would not see most of my post title and my traffic would be greatly reduced no matter how high up I landed in the SERPs.

The Search Engines will only show the first 60 characters of your post title/ blog name. So if my blog name was first,  it would look like this on the SERP:

Premeditated Leftovers | How to Make a Substitute for Herbam…

I might still pick up traffic from people searching on Herbamare, but it would probably be reduced. And I wouldn’t pick up much, if any, traffic from people searching on “How to Make Seasoned Salt”.

With this tip I am going to show you, my post shows up like this in the results:

How to Make a Substitute for Herbamare – A Seasoned Salt Rec…

Which makes it easier to understand why I get quite a bit on traffic for both Herbamare Substitute and How to Make Seasoned Salt.

How to customize Title Format and increase traffic

How to Change Your Title Format in Blogger:

1. Click on Template

2. Click on  Edit HTML.

3. Click Proceed, but if you are nervous after reading the message, you can back up your blog first. :)

Near the top of your html code you will see (above image):

<title><data:blog.pagetitle/></title> if you don’t find that , you may find: <title><data:blog.title/></title>

4. Replace the above piece of code with this:

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<title><data:blog.pageName/> |<data:blog.title/></title>
<b:else/>
<title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title> </b:if>

4. Click Save Template. If you get an error message, click clear edits.

Improve appearance on SERPs by changing Title format on Blogger

The change will not take place immediately. The search engines need to crawl your site, before the change will show up on the Result Pages. It will show up immediately when you tweet a post though. I used my old gardening blog to create this tutorial. After completing the process, I tweeted one of the posts (from twitter installed on my dashboard, not buttons below post) and this is what popped up:

Freezing Berries |One Determined Gardener http://www.onedeterminedgardener.com/2010/11/freezing-berries.html

Changing the Title Format allows the Post Title to capture the attention of a larger audience. If I had the blog title/post title format on the above tweet, it would only be noticed by gardeners. With the Post Title first, anyone with excess berries, will take notice.

Now make it easier for those who find your blog to leave a comment and Remove Word Verification!

How to Customize Your URL in WordPress

You can customize your permalink settings to help improve your SEO. You can also use a plugin to change your title formats, so that your blog name doesn’t show up with every post title.

I have already discussed how you can customize the permalink for a particular post. These tips that I am sharing today address how to change the appearance of your post titles and will apply to all of your post titles.

The default permalink setting in WordPress is http://bloggingforfoodies.com/?p=123.  I don’t know why, but I do know that ?p=123 does not convey any information about your post. Instead of using the default, click on the post name option to create custom permalinks.

How to Change Your URL Title Format to include Post Name

 

How to Customize Your Permalink (URL) in WordPress:

1. Click on Settings.

2. Scroll down to Permalinks and click on it.

3. You will notice that the default setting looks like http://bloggingforfoodies.com/?p=123

4. Click on the  Post Name option which looks like http://bloggingforfoodies.com/sample-post/

5. Click on Save Changes.

If you are afraid that by making this change, you will have problems with old links install the Permalink Finder plugin. This is a great tool that redirects old URLs to new URLs and then notifies the search engines of the changes.

Now you can change your title format if you wish. Why would you do that? Well, changing your title format allows you to change how your post title looks in search engines and how it appears when people share it on social media. If you don’t change the format it will look like:

Why You Should Remove Word Verification | Blogging for Foodies

Once you change the title format, just your post title will appear:

Why You Should Remove Word Verification

This presents cleaner results in search engines and leaves room in tweets for people to leave a comment about your post.

 Use All in One SEO Pack to Change Title Format

How to Use All in One SEO Pack Plugin to Customize Your Title Formats:

1. Click on Settings.

2. Scroll down to All in One SEO and click on it.

3. Scroll down to the Title Formats. The first one will be Post Title Format and will look like: %post_title% | %blog_title%

4. Highlight | %blog_title% and then click delete.

I remove | %blog_title%  from each Title Format. I feel it is redundant and can be distracting in SERP (Search Engine Results Page) and on social media. If you are new to WordPress, this video will help you learn how to implement the All in One SEO Pack Plugin.