| 1:02 am on Jan 10, 2007 (gmt 0)|
domain/word1-word2.htm is fine
domain/word1_word2.htm is awful.
Grammatically, 'word1 word2' beats word1-word2 beats word1_word2 beats word1word2
But search engines don't read quite as we do, so
word1-word2.htm beats word1word2.htm beats word1_word2.htm beats 'word1 word2.htm'
Because search engines search for what people tell them to search for.
And no-one searches for anything_like_that; few people search for anythinglikethis, but SEs see key-words much like you and I see key words.
[edited by: Quadrille at 1:11 am (utc) on Jan. 10, 2007]
| 2:00 am on Jan 10, 2007 (gmt 0)|
but I try search in google "IzyMail Online" and "IzyMail"
you will find "IzyMail_Online" is frist.
search "Mail Exchange Plus"
Mail_Exchange_Plus > mail-exchange-plus
why? Thanks again.
| 12:26 am on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)|
If there is a file called under_score and you search for under_score, then you'll find it.
But only a webmaster, indeed the owner, is likely to make that search.
If you search for under score - and the page under_score.htm also features under score, then you may get served under_score.htm
If you search for under score - and the page under_score.htm does not feature under score, then you are unlikely to get served under_score.htm
I'm sure there are many, many times when under_score works; but in general, other forms work better.
But never test any search on a webmaster search; always test with the kind of search a customer would make. They are the ones that matter.
[edited by: Quadrille at 12:29 am (utc) on Jan. 11, 2007]
| 2:43 pm on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)|
good reasoning there. This pretty much solves this classic question.
| 3:44 pm on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)|
One suggestion I always make when this question comes up is to take a term similar to that Mail_Exchange_Plus search and try it in different flavors on each of the SEs.
[word1 word2 word 3]
["word1 word2 word3"]
There are differences on what is returned by the SEs and it's probably best to experiment and see them for yourself.