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6:29 pm on Aug 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I read the post about hyphens vs. underscore. I was wondering what you think of capital letters. Does that help Google distinguish the words better or put more emphasis on words in capital letters?
www.example.com/myfile.html
vs.
www.example.com/MYFILE.html
vs.
www.example.com/MyFile.html
2:28 am on Aug 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Because I encourage clients to use all lowercase as a best practice, I've never put attention on whether Google looks at "internal" capitals as a signal for word separation. They certainly might -- it seems like a potential relevance indicator.

So just I ran some inurl: operator tests and I'm not coming up with any positive evidence. If I were forced to guess right now, I'd say they're not using it.

2:50 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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register your site in Google's webmaster tool (just do a search) and there you can specify if your URL's case sensitive or not. Although (even if you do not do that) I believe Google's robot does the checking on his own and marks domain being case sensitive or not.
3:32 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Linux and Un*x servers are case sensitive by default and Win is not AFAIK, right? So, if you ever have to move, it would be good, if you have your internal paths and URLs in order...
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3:45 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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register your site in Google's webmaster tool (just do a search) and there you can specify if your URL's case sensitive or not.

What page is that option on, as I've never noticed it before?

1:52 am on Aug 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What page is that option on, as I've never noticed it before?

It's on the very same page as the one that has the "Launch the rocket and place my website at #1 in the SERPs" button ;)

[edited by: OutdoorMan at 1:53 am (utc) on Aug. 20, 2007]

1:47 pm on Aug 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, I looked all over Google's webmaster tool and do not see it.
Although I am 90% positive that it was there a year ago when I singed up for it....

Anyway I believe that Google's robot easily checks for case sensitivity by requesting the same URL that was ok with different case.

12:27 am on Aug 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If a URL directly returns the same page whatever the case of the characters, you have a Duplicate Content problem to address.

One canonical form (e.g. all lower case) should return the content along with a "200 OK" status, and all other versions of the URL should return either 404 or a 301 redirect to the canonical form.

Be very careful with this.

 

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