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Instead of: blue widgets
I am using: blue widgets
Can someone confirm for me that Google (and the Google Serps) see these two phrases as the same and using the escape character does not have an effect on my ranking for this two keyword phrase.
If you are trying to keep it from wrapping, I would use "nowrap".
So I have a situation where the page content has been fairly static, while I've lost ranking position. Over the last year I have tried to "improve" the linking text to each of my pages (making sure appropriate keywords are contained in each link).
Every page on my website contains an index linking to the first page of each of my topics. So this index would format properly at all screen resolutions I started using the "space" escape character ( ) so key word phrases would stay on the same line and not be split up (so I got the appearance I wanted for the index).
Considering the nuances associated with using hyphens and undescores in URL's, maybe using   between keywords in text isn't a good idea.
I guess I'll change things where the   isn't used and see if it seems I get a ranking boost.
Looking up NOWRAP lead me to the <NOBR> tag, which I was also unfamiliar with. I think I'll try it.