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Old 1st August 2006, 05:49 AM   #1
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Question What do these characters mean to search engine?

Hi,

In a URL (like www.mysite.com/Digital_Cameras.htm)
I have heard that _ (underscore) means continuity to the search engine so Digital_Cameras will be interpreted as DigitalCameras to the search engine.

So what does ~ (tidal) means to the Search Engine. Can I have a url like www.mysite.com/Digital-Cameras~1000.htm

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Old 1st August 2006, 09:02 AM   #2
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If you search google for each character you can decipher some of this. You are correct about using a dash instead of underscore. The tilda is similar to the dash. I wouldn't use both a dash and tilda, but just stick with the dash since that is what most use. Don't use too many dashes within a pagename or overstuff your page name with your keywords, imo/I don't use more than one.

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Old 1st August 2006, 01:19 PM   #3
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Just like logan said and you originally surmised. Connecting words with underscores leads them to be seen as one word. Dashes are preferred for seo, but you definitely don't want to overdue it. Too many dashes in domain names can be a flag that the site is spam.

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Old 1st August 2006, 08:29 PM   #4
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I was just about to make a new post with the almost the same question...mine is a little different though.

Which way will get me better results in the search engines?

http://mysite.com/three-blind-mice.html

or

http://mysite.com/threeblindmice.html?

I've looked all over for the right way to do it and I can't find it anywhere. I see people doing both.

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Old 2nd August 2006, 10:22 AM   #5
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the hyphenated domain will be the better, providing it is no more than say 3 hyphens. it is often easier to read, and will as mentioned be seen as separate words. this will help you if people are linking to your pages with the url, as they will be using your anchor text automatically. (the main reason hyphenated domains do better.

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Why would too many hyphens be considered spam? I mean some title's are longer than others. And I think most people realize that the most searched keyword phrases are only 3-5 words at the most.

Would a URL like this look like spam or be "not recommended"?

mysite.com/poker-articles/maximize-your-wins-at-the-online-poker-table.html

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that is almost as spammy as it gets. On a medical website you might get away with it. On a poker one, forget it, you will invite a penalty IMO.

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Thanks for your help. Do you have any ideas of what I could rename it?

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Chane, any alternative not stuffed with dashes and your keywords. For example

mysite.com/articles/maximize.html

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Thanks for the help guys.

Not to drag the topic on, but here is a thought I just had. Blogger, owned by Google names URLs for you. And blogs from blogger seem to get very nice rankings in Google.

Here is the name of one of my longer URL's:

myblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/online-forum-challenge-at-poker-stars.html

Now, why would they name a URL like that if they are going to consider it spam? It doesn't make sense to me.

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