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Anyway, I am the bearer of such hyphens. My main keyword phrase is 2 words long and goes with a bunch of extra words to make all my secondary keyword phrases which are 3 words long. So I went and used the express modify system and submitted 3 keyword phrases with my non-hypenated main keyword inside, for example:
collectible blue widgets
blue widget boxes
childrens blue widgets
Well, collectible and boxes got added into my description, but blue widgets is still hyphenated. I can send them 1 follow up email it appears, just like yahoo, but I need to give them some good argument why blue widgets should not be hyphenated. It is by no means a compound word and really would seem to be a grammatical mistake, but the meaning is still honestly quite clear to anyone at looksmart. Has anyone been successful at cleaning off hyphens before? How did you do it?
IMHO, they are stepping further and further into a pile of garbage with the liberties they're taking. I am wondering if it's possible to make a demand for a refund if they have use a word that is NOT actually part of the language the site is in. They're treading on thin ice imho.
ggrot, are there a lot of high-rollers getting the top spots in the category with multiple listings? Is it noticeable in any way which competing sites for which they have they or have not fractured the same phrase?
Is that high-rollers or high rollers?
Marcia, I can only do a reasonable search through msn, since searching on 'baseball cap' sites in looksmart also returns hyphenated descriptions. The majority of the sites are big names in that area. They would be what I would expect to see on the top of google for those terms. They are the brand names that everyone recognizes or the sites with high linkage (the high PR sites I see comign up on google). And no, these are not inktomi results.
Hutcheson, the phrase looks fine with hyphens, but honestly - so does every other two word phrase. soda-can, digital-camera, audio-cd, leather-wallet. Those phrases look fine to me either way, really. If the words are often used together, they look *OK* hyphenated. That doesn't mean it's entirely gramatically correct.
On another note, I looked up the hyphenated word over at dictionary.com, and apparently they have a listing for it(as an adjective). I've *never* actually seen the words hyphenated in real usage though. Well, at least not until looksmart decided to do so.
Finally, I plan to submit an email appeal in a couple of days - which is why I'm looking for ideas from this great community. I'll let you know how it goes as I'm sure a number of you would consider an express modify if it was worth having.
Only 3 out of the 15 on the first page had the phrase in the description, not hyphenated, of course.