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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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