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    Junior Member Stopdoor's Avatar
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    I have a piece of Javascript that calculates the days passed since whenever the timer started.

    Ideally, I want to put this in the title bar of the website. Instead of directly having a <title> tag, I was able to get it to show up on the title bar using this.

    document.write("<title>" + "Day " + Math.ceil((today.getTime()-millennium.getTime())/(one_day)) + "</title>")

    Now, my only question is, since title bars are so important for search engines and such, would this obscure my title and hurt my 'ranking' or etcetra?

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    I'd suggest having a very static page title! It is probably the most important factor in SEO, if it's constantly changing then you'll have a problem for it showing up in any search.

    I'd suggest putting this somewhere else on your site if you want to display it.
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    Junior Member Stopdoor's Avatar
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    Darn, having the counter as the title bar would be pretty nifty. I could put it somewhere else if I have to, though.

    Is there anyway I can have a partly static title bar, and add the counter to the end? The "Day" part of the title bar is consistent, so If I had a longer more static title there before the counter would that be acceptable or still just as non-helpful?

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    That's where you'd probably have to test it. I'd expect it might actually work if you had something like:

    Your Site Name | Day 12

    or whatever, but you probably just have to test it out; give it a months or two and see where you are on Google if you search for your full site name, check weekly perhaps if you move up pages and stuff. You can do something like a pagerank test but sometimes you aren't given a page rank for maybe 3-6 months.

    If you do go with it, let us know how it turns out.
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    Alright, I'll probably give it a try unless there's any other suggestions, it's really a pet project kind of site, so if I'm not super high on a search right away it's no big deal.

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    Just make sure that you have a descriptive title of about 25 or more characters(before entering in the date output)... I do this with dates and the end of the title, and hasn't affected ( hurt or helped ) seo of the pages or the site.

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    Junior Member Stopdoor's Avatar
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    So a short simple title is bad?

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    Umm, well not so bad. The more words in your title, the more likely you are to get a hit on google. I personally breadcrumb the title. So if you are on the home page, it could say "Your Site Name - Home" and for me that brings good results. This forum switches it around, so "Page Name | WebDesignForums.com", so you know exactly where you are at, and its good if the user bookmarks the page, so they can read it and know exactly what it is.
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