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I.E. take the word 'Water'. It is used 3 times by itself in a site and 5 times as part of the larger word 'Clearwater'. Does Google even look at 'Clearwater' ?
Q: [Keywords] Are keywords within words ranked?
A: Not unless it has an underline or dash separating the keywords.
Based on my experiments with some Google searches, I am under the impression that using an underscore for key_word is viewed by Google as one big word like keysword. This is very different from key-word which is viewed by Google as key word.
Has Google changed their policy on the underscore since the Knowledge Base was written or am I missing something?
is that 100% - cos we have always used underscore instead of hyphen - it looks so much neater and is easier to read: e.g.
we have three languages in our site:
page_i.htm, page_e.htm, page_a.htm (en, es, de)
as opposed to:
if what you say is true then all of our pages which are 'cunningly' named after their respective keywords, do not actually count as keywords, because google reads the page as keywordi.htm
this would be a major disappointment and a possible cause for renaming all 2000 pages *enormous groan* and having them re-indexed *gasp*
I your content I would use key-word to get the extra brownie points. However, in a url I ALWAYS stick to an underscore. It is more compatible with most browsers, caching servers and hosts.
If anyone disagrees and says that a dash (-) is more fully compatible then please let me know. Otherwise, I've been on the losing end of an arguement for quite some time :(.