|Using keywords in URL|
Best way to do this?
| 12:22 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
"Simple old fashioned seo from the ground up.
Use the keyword once in title, once in description tag, once in a heading, once in the url, once in bold, once in italic, once high on the page, and hit the density between 5 and 20% (don't fret about it)."
So what's the best way to use your keyword once in the url?
For example, if I build a page on my website about "Baltimore Singles", how should I name it?
Just curious. Thanks for any insight!
| 12:35 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I should have picked number 1
| 1:07 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
"baltimore-singles" is parsed as the two words "baltimore" and "singles", so it will match either (or both). Presumably that is what you want to do.
"baltimoresingles" is a single word, which matches neither. It is like "therapist", which matches neither "the" nor "rapist".
Google seems to parse the underscore like a valid letter, so "baltimore_singles" is also a (different) single word.
| 1:21 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
But what about the search Singles in Baltimore in this case its better to separate it with hyphen.
| 1:50 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I have had equally good results in the past with hyphens and underscores, although now I use hyphens as standard.
'singles baltimore' will generate totally different SERPs to 'baltimore singles', so name the page in the most likely keyword order from searches.
| 3:53 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
|I have had equally good results in the past with hyphens and underscores, although now I use hyphens as standard. |
I suspect that this may be because keywords in filename give at best a rather small boost to ranking.
The proof that underscores are not word separators was given, long ago, by weguerilla. Do a search on allinurl:hotels location. You will see lots of sites with the words separated y periods or hyphens, none with underscores.
| 6:30 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for your thoughts and comments! I started to go with a hypen, but I wanted to check before I actually did it.
Thanks again! :)