Msg#: 4084784 posted 2:50 pm on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've been told that it might be better to seperate keywords in your URL with hyphens, as someone I spoke to believes that search engines can't differentiate keywords that aren't seperated. I'm a little dubious about this, so I thought I'd ask.
So for example I've been told that "examplewidget.com" wouldn't be readable to the search engines like "example-widget.com" would be.
I have no idea whether this is true or not. But I've always believed that hyphens in a URL aren't good because they can be poorly communicated to people.
Any clarification would be wonderful. Thank you in advance.
Msg#: 4084784 posted 4:33 pm on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
Search engines don't seem to have a problem deciphering my own "examplewidget.com" domains.
Hyphens can be a mixed blessing. Some word combinations are definitely easier for humans to read when they're hyphenated, but hyphenated domain names are awkward for communicating in spoken contexts.
So the merits of using a hyphen need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Ideally you want control of both versions, regardless of which one you actually use. In particular, you don't want the situation where you use a hyphenated domain but someone else has the non-hyphenated version.