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Hyphen OR Underscore

Discussion in 'Directories' started by Richie_Ni, Mar 13, 2007.

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    Richie_Ni, Mar 13, 2007 IP
  2. yfs1

    yfs1 User Title Not Found

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    #2
    Hyphen (Dash) is better

    I would write a real longwinded explanation but there isn't a need to overcomplicate things

    Ohh and http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/dashes-vs-underscores/

    Now watch a million people reply to this thread repeating exactly what I said....drumroll please
     
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    Richie_Ni Illustrious Member

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    #3
    Thanks much for the comment!
    lol
    Are there one million members here on dp?:rolleyes:
     
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    yfs1 User Title Not Found

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    #4
    Some people will forgot they already replied around page 10 only to reply again on page 14 and page 19 ;)
     
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    #6
    <drumroll>hypens are best</drumroll>
     
    login, Mar 13, 2007 IP
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    #7
    Here's how I roll:

    Urls:
    try to make it always hit a directory, not a page
    /shopping/cart/ vs. /shopping/cart.aspx - Hyphens or underscore between words - personally, I like Underscores, but... (actually, I just read Matt Cutts post, he has a valid reason, and he's a valid source... my mind has been changed - hyphens it is.)

    CSS ClassNames:
    lowerCase Camel Case - webDirectoryList

    CSS ID Names:
    UpperCase Camel Case - WebDirectoryList
    (by differentiating between the two, it's easy to spot and remember if your element is an ID or Class)

    Images:
    Defintely Underscores: header_splash.gif, web_directory_list_logo.jpg, etc...

    That's my standards anyways... take it for what you will :)
     
    ccoonen, Mar 13, 2007 IP
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    Jim4767 Prominent Member

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    What about just running the words together? For example, bluewidgets.com.

    Is that worse SEO than blue-widgets.com? Or are they effectively the same?
     
    Jim4767, Mar 17, 2007 IP
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    Richie_Ni Illustrious Member

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    Well,it's a phrase but not a single word,I think blue-widgets.com is better.
     
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    No they are not the same. Search engines are not indexing the individual concatenated words at the moment although they may in the future. See Keywords in urls and the follow up.

    - Michael

     
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    ohhhh what richie... forgot mine????

    1. Biz-King.com
    2. Biz-Giant.com
    3. Alpha-Directory.com
    4. Omega-Directory.com

    Actually i think it

    1. looks better
    2. easy to read
    3. can compete with any domain

    Its the only way to go.... if ya ask me

    thx
    malcolm
     
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    #12
    If Google recognizes each single word, you don't need hyphen to help them out.

    hyphe is better than underscore in SEO perspectives. But overuse of it is not good either ;)
     
    coolsitez, Mar 17, 2007 IP
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    Richie_Ni Illustrious Member

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    sorry for not giving you a backlink,mate...:eek:

    I've changed the structure on Lively Directory ...I too added some cool MODs(actually most of them were added by an0n)...currently i'm having some problems with the MOD's coz I just moved to a new server...
    Will invite you to submit when I'm done.;)
     
    Richie_Ni, Mar 17, 2007 IP
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    #14
    Not the same.

    blue-widgets is seen as separate words blue and widgets

    bluewidgets is seen as bluewidgets only.

    Use a hyphen ;)
     
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    If you didn't make a backup of everything, let me know and i'll reinstall everything for you. (and kill you later :))
     
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    Richie_Ni Illustrious Member

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    Thanks for the info!

    I used both underscore and hyphen.
     
    mywebsearches, Jul 24, 2007 IP
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    #19
    wldn't you lose all your indexed pages and PR?
     
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    #20
    I would say one thing Google has some difficulties in indexing pages and it is not

    the best one according to me!

    Here is the example it is indexing some non-existent pages in my directory

    see below and putting it in supplemental result!

    http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?p=3852282#post3852282


    But hypen is always better than underscore and I do not know whether because of it non-existent pages are being indexed!
     
    Freewebspace, Jul 24, 2007 IP