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Inktomi is it okay with widgets_that_are_blue.htm filenames?
Inktomi is it okay to submit PFI domain with one hyphen & filename with 3_s
wrreisen




msg:16584
 12:54 pm on Nov 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi,

I am considering PFI for about 6 page in Inktomi:

I have read here:
[webmasterworld.com...]
that Inktomi has a problem with domains with 4 hyphens in.

My domain has 1 hyphen in www.word-anotherword.co.uk

Some of my filenames have 3 underscores in:
widgets_that_are_blue.htm

The whole thing being
www.word-anotherword.co.uk/pages/widgets_that_are_blue.htm

Does inktomi have a problem with this amount of _ or -?

 

makemetop




msg:16585
 12:55 pm on Nov 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

No - you should have no problem.

wrreisen




msg:16586
 5:32 pm on Nov 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks very much.

Four underscores would be okay in the filename?

wrreisen




msg:16587
 8:39 am on Nov 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Emailed Inktomi. asking about having 4 underscores in the filename they say:

I had someone take a look at the page name and we don't allow keyword
stuffing in the URL and you should reduce the keywords in the filename to
what's absolutely necessary. You should reconstruct it before submission.
Thanks,

Marcia




msg:16588
 9:45 am on Nov 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have absolutely nothing to go by, no evidence, nothing - it's just a gnawing, gut-level feeling coupled with the fact that I'm way on the conservative side to begin with - but I'm cutting way back on keywords and hyphens in URLs.

On a new site, if for example I've got winter widgets and summer widgets, instead of using directories and filenames with full hyphenated phrases, I'm doing instead

/summer-widgets/mens.html
/summer-widgets/ladies.html
/winter-widgets/wool.html
/winter-widgets/rayon.html

Even where it could have been /winter-widgets/mens-wool-winter-widgets.html, etc.

I have to repeat and stress that I've got nothing whatsoever substantial to base this on. I figure I can always change pages around some and change a site structure and page naming later on if I decide to, and I've just gotten a little squeamish about this.

A load of hyphens have just begun to make me a bit uncomfortable, so I'm going by my feelings and doing what I'm more comfortable with for now. I started out doing all this by "instinct" at the beginning, and I've grown to trust it more over time. Things that have started to look overly seo'd and a bit spammy to me, even when I do them myself, might also look that way to others if there's ever a hand check. And I've not done badly at all with what's been kept fairly understated.

I wouldn't tell someone else not to, it's just my personal feeling and choice right now.

Added:

I have to add that I do have pages doing just fine with Ink that do have hyphens in the directory and filenames - but the sites don't have hyphens in the domain name also.

rfgdxm1




msg:16589
 3:42 am on Nov 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

It seems perfectly natural to name files descriptively. I can't see any logic in penalizing. This is just good site design. However, not getting any extra benefit in the algo would make sense.

panic




msg:16590
 10:40 pm on Nov 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'd say as long as you're not keyword stuffing, the pages you're sending traffic to aren't doorway pages (and have actual content), then you should be fine.

-p

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