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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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    I remember reading somewhere Google prefers the hyphens over underscores.
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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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    Checkout Google Guy's (Matt Cutts) blog regarding this topic
    http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/dashes-vs-underscores/
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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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    yes - is better then _

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

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    It looks far better without hyphens

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by 1boss1 View Post
    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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    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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    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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    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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    I've always used -, and never underscore ( _ )

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

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    looks like an owl to me.
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    Question how does one make a good file name, path, sub directory name?

    is repeating keywords a bad thing? how much should a keyword be repeated, is it spamming to repeat words too much?

    is for example

    http://www.hgh.tv/hgh/human-growth-h...ormone-hgh.php

    aka - hgh.tv / hgh / human growth hormone / what is human growth hormone . php

    spamming keywords? or would it be better to just do

    http://www.hgh.tv/what-is-human-growth-hormone.php

    what is the rule for creating paths, sub directories, file names etc... when taken as a WHOLE?

    what is the seo science behind the path/url??
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    ooks like an owl to me.
    new SEO tricks
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    Thumbs down Keywords

    Quote Originally Posted by gobeyond View Post
    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.
    I disagree.

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    In the beginning, the file names are separated by Underscores "_" , now there is no issues in naming a file with hyphens. Users are more convenient in reading "be-first-on-google" than "be_first_on_google". This will not affect your Keyword Density or ranking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inway View Post
    I disagree.
    and just how and why do you disagree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melnel View Post
    and just how and why do you disagree?
    The below is the result that got from Google when searching for the Keyphrase "Reseller Web Hosting"

    4 Out of 10 Links contains the key phrase and it added weight to the site.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reseller_web_hosting
    www.websitesource.com/clientarea/reseller.shtml
    http://www.dedicatedhostinghub.com/R...b-Hosting.html
    www.thewhir.com/reseller/

    I have omitted the two results since its domain is itself contains keyword.

    www.resellerclub.com
    www.valuereseller.net

    What do you say about those results?

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    inway none of the results have the phrase "reseller web hosting". Sure they contain some of the words from the phrase, but not the phrase itself. Please be clear when trying to make your point.
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    web-site-hosting-plans.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by inway View Post
    The below is the result that got from Google when searching for the Keyphrase "Reseller Web Hosting"

    4 Out of 10 Links contains the key phrase and it added weight to the site.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reseller_web_hosting
    www.websitesource.com/clientarea/reseller.shtml
    www.dedicatedhostinghub.com/Reseller-Web-Hosting.html
    www.thewhir.com/reseller/

    I have omitted the two results since its domain is itself contains keyword.

    www.resellerclub.com
    www.valuereseller.net

    What do you say about those results?
    Well what I say is that:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reseller_web_hosting
    has 2,563,869 links pointing at the site

    www.websitesource.com/clientarea/reseller.shtml

    has 96,490 links pointing at the site

    www.dedicatedhostinghub.com/Reseller-Web-Hosting.html
    has 14,498 links pointing at the site


    www.thewhir.com/reseller/

    Has 122,029 links pointing at the site and that is the reason for the rankings not some words in the URL
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    Noops there is slashes that is not owl seriously.

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