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Confused about underscores
how does a search on Brett match Brett_Tabke?
gilli




msg:91975
 12:10 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

A couple of weeks ago there was a thread discussing the hyphen (-) and underscore (_) characters and how Google treats them. There are also various other threads discussing the same thing (site search on "underscore hyphen google").

My understanding of the end result was that hyphens are treated as spaces (or word separators) but underscores are not:

"this-that" = "this that"
"this_that"!= "this that"

OK all makes sense so far?

If this is the case then how does a search on "Brett" (http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/13907-1-15.htm) match his profile page which only contains the word "Brett" as part of the substring "Brett_Tabke"?

Is this a case of inbound link text creating the association between the two terms? Not from what I can see.

Any ideas?

 

Macguru




msg:91976
 12:14 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

As far as Google is target, use "-" not "_" in filenames. For the rest, use "-".

relgoog




msg:91977
 12:33 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'll have to remember this one.
Cheers.

gilli




msg:91978
 12:42 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Macguru if I understand you correctly you are saying the underscore character is treated diffently in URLs to how it is treated in content?

Macguru




msg:91979
 12:59 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well, as far as I know, filenames are of some importance for plain vanilla sites...

ciml




msg:91980
 1:08 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think that the answer is in allinanchor:brett [google.com]. It would only take one link with "Brett" as anchor text to make his profile appear for that search.

For the moment, I would stick with received wisdom. Hyphen equals space, but not underscore.

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