Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 23.22.140.143

Forum Moderators: open

Message Too Old, No Replies

Question about Questions

Are question marks indexed?

     
5:25 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 22, 2001
posts:2450
votes: 0


OK, first of all, I'm not talking about dynamically generated pages or question markes in the URL...

What I am trying to figure out is if question marks in the text of a web page are indexed. What brings this up is the fact that a lot of people use question marks in their searches. They phrase their search as a question...

Will putting a question mark in your keyword phrases pick up SERPs for queries like these?

7:18 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Preferred Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 26, 2002
posts:402
votes: 0


I think the only difference in searches with a? is that Google directs to answers.google.com.
12:05 am on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Aug 30, 2002
posts:1377
votes: 0


Google does not index question marks.

Test: define a question (e.g.: what do we eat today?)

Search Google for the phrase with and without the question mark.
You'll notice that the results will be the same and the "?" wil not be highlighted.

You can try other engines the same way.