Did you know that over 50% of shoppers discover new brands through a Google search? As we step into an online world dominated by a growing ecommerce industry, it’s no surprise that site search engine optimization (SEO) has become a focal point for marketers all across the globe.

Brands can no longer sit back and let their site do the talking. Instead, they must fight to get their content seen in the first place. With most consumers clicking on the first few results in a Google search string, how can brands ensure they’re making the first page?

From keyworded copywriting to UX optimization, there are plenty of ways to boost your site’s SEO. The question is, could your page titles be the key ingredient to SEO success? Let’s find out.

Addressing SEO Struggles in 2024

61% of top B2B marketers claim that SEO drives more site traffic than any other engagement strategy. SEO – the backbone of marketing victory – should be remembered, especially in a new era of tough competition.

On the back of the pandemic’s push for widespread digitalization, who isn’t online? Your brand may be open to a global pool of leads, but there are over a thousand identical business visions within every industry you can think of.

Could your Title Tags Save Your SEO?

Most of us brush past our title tags. While they seem straightforward, they can be great drivers of SEO success when written correctly.

Your title tag tells Google crawlers what to expect from a website. As an HTML element that provides a quick webpage description, it’s often the first thing your consumers will see when engaging in a Google search.

So, the more concise, catchy and straightforward your titles are, the better they will be received by potential leads and, most importantly, Google’s ranking algorithm.

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(Image Source: Ahrefs)

As you can see in this image, your title tag appears within the SERPs, headlining your webpage and enticing consumers to click on your content.

Your title tag is your first chance to make a good impression on a consumer, so adding keywords, your brand name, and a quick call to action is the answer to seeing positive results.

The key here is not to mix up your title tags with your H1 copy. While many beginners confuse the two, here’s a great way to differentiate:

  • Title Tags: These titles are visible in the SERPs and will accompany your HTML when you share your webpage link.
  • H1 Tags: This is your onsite title. For example, if you’re sharing a blog post, your H1 tag will appear as a headline at the top of the page, but only once the consumer has clicked on your site.

Are H1 Titles also Important for SEO?

While your page titles may not appear within the SERPs, they are still a significant driving factor of search engine optimization.

Your page title can be as creative as you want it to be. Without competing with search Ads, meta snippets, and feature images in the same way a SERP title tag does, you have more freedom to produce a headline that makes your user want to keep reading.

Here are some of the key benefits you could see when optimizing your H1 titles:

  • Satisfying search intent: Your page titles can aid both consumers and crawlers in understanding your content. In fact, Google uses an H1 title alone to help define the structure of a webpage and decide whether it satisfies a browser’s search intent.
  • Improving user engagement: Your page title can improve a browser’s user experience, especially when it draws them into reading a full-page article. If your H1 title is enticing, your user will stick around for longer, reducing your page bounce rate.
  • Confirming page content: Sometimes, Google can revise a title tag in a user’s SERP results. If an H1 tag contains the relevant keywords and CTA a browser is looking for, Google will use a page title as a title tag replacement.

How to Write Great SEO Titles in 2024

Over 200 signals make up Google’s ranking algorithm, so it’s important to optimize as many aspects of your website as you can.

Let’s look closely at some ways you can prioritize your SEO strategy when crafting title tags and H1 titles.

Find your Focus Keyword to Target

Before you jump into creating the perfect title tag or H1 page topper, it’s time to do some keyword research. If you’re looking to rank highly within a Google search, you must remember to target a keyword group that is likely to be searched for by your demographic.

The key here is to find your focus keyword first. Call this an umbrella term. Your focus keyword will be a generalised, high-performing keyword or phrase that directly links to the content you share.

It’s then time to get creative. While including your head keyword within your titles is advised, Google will also pick up on other related terms and variations, especially if your keyword has a high search volume.

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Experts at Ahrefs found that the average #1 result could rank for up to 1000 keywords within their relevant niche, and these are often phrases that the site didn’t use.

While you must target one primary keyword, use this chance to fill your titles with other low-search variations and even some long-tail keywords if you want to share evergreen content.

Long tail keywords are essential, as you can insert them into your content in a natural format, improving readability and improving SEO success.

“Long tail keywords are the search queries with very low individual search volume but an enormous total search demand as a group,” says SEO evangelist David McSweeney. “The name comes from the “long tail” of the so-called “search demand curve” — a graph that plots all keywords by their search volumes.”

Creating a title tag with high and low-search volume keywords is a great place to start.

Find a Unique Selling Point

There is so much competition on Google, so you must ensure your titles stick out from the crowd.

Take a closer look at your content. What makes it unique? What can you do that your competitors can’t? Ensure your title tags sell your brand as a pioneer within its industry and give a user a reason to click.

Most browsers search for a number of qualities when looking for the perfect search result. Depending on the query, some of the key points they will look out for include:

  • Freshness: How relevant is your title today? Users tend to click on the most up-to-date search results.
  • Depth: The longer your content, the better when it comes to ranking well amongst consumers. If you’ve got a long post ahead, tag the title with keywords such as ‘complete’, ‘ultimate’ or ‘step-by-step guide’.
  • Brand names: If you’re well-known within your niche, ensure your brand name is in the title. Consumers are more likely to click on a result from a source they trust.

Prioritize a Quick Call-to-Action

Did you know the average meta title ranges from only 50-60 characters? With such little space to write a title, it’s imperative that all the vital information is present.

While creating an innovative title tag may seem exciting, save your creative site copywriting skills for your H1 tag. Make sure your title tag gives a brief description of your content and quickly provides a solution to your searcher’s query.

Every character counts, so make sure you keep ‘stop words’ to a minimum, such as ‘to’, ‘the’ and ‘in’, and instead prioritize keyworded phrases, persuasive wording and simplistic language that provides a user with a quick call-to-action.

Remember to Write for a Human

Last but not least, remember you’re writing for a human, not a search engine. While keeping your titles keyword-heavy is essential, Google can often pick up on SEO-specific titles and rank them further down as they need to prioritise user experience.

The key here is to find the right balance. Overloading your title tags with keywords could make your brand appear untrustworthy and flag up to consumers as a spam site.

Site searchers should be the main focal point of your content. Google will consistently rank the sites with high levels of engagement at the top of a search string, so writing content that will attract your target consumers could see your SEO shooting for the stars.


Ansley is the former Content Marketing Manager at Boostability. Since graduating from Utah State University with two degrees in Communication Studies and Journalism: Public Relations, Ansley specializes in creating engaging and informative SEO content for readers, customers, and partners through different marketing channels. Along with creating new content, Ansley works to keep content organized and creates and executes new content strategies. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, visit National Parks, and loves all things Disney.