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seo friendly much replace space with?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by webdevils, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. webdevils

    webdevils Newbie

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    seo friendly(google like) much mod rewrite replace space with dash or dot or underscore? [ex. http://www.xx.com/i-love-you or http://www.xx.com/i.love.you or http://www.xx.com/i_love_you]
     
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  2. Matt Cutts

    Matt Cutts Registered Member

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    Always use the dash or nothing at all. Google can read both and parse them very well. But, it does not handle underscores the same way.
     
  3. sidddd

    sidddd Power Member

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    If you see wordpress.. all the blogs (90%) has "-" dash thingy in the permalink structure.. it works fine :)
     
  4. steveJD

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    Actually i have been wondering about this for sometime myself. I have initially set up my page names without spaces or dash. Should I re-structure these pages and directoried with a dash instead... 3,000 pages to re-index tho :(


    currently my filename would be:
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    www.xx.com/thedirectoryname/thefilename
    
    should i restructure to:
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    www.xx.com/the-directory-name/the-filename
    

    or does this not matter too much?

    Thanks for your response in advance!
     
  5. sidddd

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    doesnt matter much.. instead make a new site though.. :)
     
  6. steveJD

    steveJD Junior Member

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    Thanks Sidddd,

    For the effort to change this and the small amount of reward I would be better putting effort into a new venture.

    You are of course correct - too easy to get caught up on the small details!
     
  7. snowm

    snowm Registered Member

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    "-" or "_" is irrelevant nowadays, the google guys say that it's ok to use both. As a matter of fact i've seen "." and "+", i guess what matters is uniformity, if you choose one stick to it.
     
  8. yeti_racer

    yeti_racer Junior Member Premium Member

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    It's always been cool to use both. The trouble is that "red-wagon" is 2 keywords (red & wagon) while "red_wagon" is picked up as only 1 (red_wagon). I say that if you currently have pages indexed (especially if it's lots) then don't change it. But, start using the new method for any new pages or posts.

    If you want to change all the old ones, there are a few plugins (Redirection is one of the best for Wordpress) that will do all your 301 redirects automagically. This way, you can move to new SEO friendly titles/page names and not lose your rankings or indexed pages.
    Code:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/
     
  9. snowm

    snowm Registered Member

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    "Stephan Spencer, from CNET's News Blog, posted an informative entry about changes that are taking place with Google's search engine. Of particular interest was the news from Matt Cutts regarding underscores in URLs. Traditionally, underscores were treated differently from hyphens.

    Hyphens have long been the preferred method for dividing keywords up in a link. Whereas, URLs with keywords separated by underscores have been ignored by Google � they would only view it as a phrase. However, according to Stephan, that's no longer the case. Matt Cutts stated that keywords separated with underscores are now treated the same as keywords separated with hyphens."

    Now this Matt Cutts dude works for Google so that's why i give some credibility that "-" or "_" nowadays are the same, but as you said some time ago the "_" between keywords was in fact viewed by g00gle as a singe word/phrase.
     
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    yeti_racer Junior Member Premium Member

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    That's cool, I actually hadn't seen that post. Would you happen to have a link?
     
  11. snowm

    snowm Registered Member

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    This stuff is already from July 07, Here:

    hxxp://news.cnet.com/8301-13530_3-9748779-28.html?tag=mncol;title