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Old 03-27-2008, 10:58 PM
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SEO File naming


Hey guys I was wondering which format for file naming would be better here is an example for web site hosting plans.

web-site-hosting-plans.php

or

web_site_hosting_plans.php

Any difference? any other sudgestions?



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Old 03-28-2008, 12:08 AM
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I remember reading somewhere Google prefers the hyphens over underscores.

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Old 03-28-2008, 12:22 AM
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SEO Filenames

If you try to put keywords in your file names, use "-", not "_". It is widely known that Google can parse keywords separated by "-".

By the way, the keywords in filenames don't carry that much weight when it comes to SEO. So, I wouldn't spend too much time on it.

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Old 03-28-2008, 01:54 AM
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Checkout Google Guy's (Matt Cutts) blog regarding this topic
http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/dashes-vs-underscores/

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Old 03-28-2008, 02:19 AM
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Use a dash "-"

Google does see individual words separated by an underscore, however it's still best to use a dash.

When you hyperlink using an underscore it can look like a space in the URL, example:

www.domain.com/under_score.html

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Old 03-28-2008, 05:56 AM
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yes - is better then _

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Old 03-28-2008, 12:16 PM
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http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com...ing-structure/


good article if neone is interested.....thanks for the help guys

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Old 04-01-2008, 01:44 AM
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It looks far better without hyphens

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Old 04-01-2008, 04:23 AM
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Don't forget your customers when you go on your file- naming-scheme.

Telling that to someone over the phone (file dash naming dash scheme) gets a bit wearysome and some people (like me) hate to type in names with dashes.

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Old 04-01-2008, 07:47 AM
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Use a dash "-"

Google does see individual words separated by an underscore, however it's still best to use a dash.

When you hyperlink using an underscore it can look like a space in the URL, example:

www.domain.com/under_score.html
This is a very good point. Probably why dashes are prefered.

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Old 04-01-2008, 08:08 AM
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it's pretty simple, if you're using underscores it will take you more time to optimize. The case with hyphens is a different piece of story, they are much more SEO friendly.

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Old 04-09-2008, 10:29 PM
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eureka, i get it now, when you use an underscore it can be confusing in a link and some people might think its a space, where as the dash cant be confused, a dash is a dash, and underscore can be mistaken for a space.

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Old 04-10-2008, 05:31 AM
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That could be happened but i this dashes is the best to make ur file .hyphens not looking good as a address.and also underscore seems like space so "-" that is good to use for address.

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Old 04-10-2008, 06:57 PM
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I've always used -, and never underscore ( _ )

Oh wow... that is so ASCII of me ( * \/ * )

Its a face.. perverts! heh

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looks like an owl to me.

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