Stop adding " | MDN" to the ends of page <title>s

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Mozilla Developer Network
Wiki pages
P2
normal
2 months ago
a month ago

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(Reporter: sheppy, Unassigned)

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({in-triage})

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(Whiteboard: [lod:1][points:2])

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Description

2 months ago
According to our SEO contractor, adding " | MDN" to the ends of our titles is not actually helpful for SEO purposes, and in fact can be harmful in that it takes away space we could be using for more helpful content. Please remove the code that adds this to the titles of pages.
Will this impact very common search queries like "array slice mdn" or "css grid mdn"?
Flags: needinfo?(eshepherd)
Keywords: in-triage
Priority: -- → P2
I need to research level of effort.
Flags: needinfo?(jwhitlock)
I think Google will not rank developer.mozilla.org as highly for "array slice mdn" as it did in the past.

This is done in one page, and tested in many places. If we decide to do it, it should be an hour or two of work.
Flags: needinfo?(jwhitlock)
Whiteboard: [lod:1][points:2]
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Comment 4

a month ago
(In reply to Florian Scholz [:fscholz] (MDN) from comment #1)
> Will this impact very common search queries like "array slice mdn" or "css
> grid mdn"?

Good question. Nilaye said that including site identification in the title is unnecessary and steals space we could be using for more useful information, but I don't know if he considered the fact that people expressly Google "array slice mdn".

Would it be possible to do a test run where we only change this on a few pages and see what if any impact it has before doing it globally?
Flags: needinfo?(eshepherd)
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