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But it's the look of the thing; would you really spend money at:Yes, but you may be missing the fact that the vast majority of Internet users just click links. They don't know what a URL is and would not recognise one if they saw it. ;)
Quadrille's Oft-Quoted 14th Law is quite clear on this issue: More than one hyphen is international shorthand for idiot webmaster; More than two hyphens is Galaxy-wide shorthand for "I'd be a spammer if only I knew how".
But that was written a good while ago, and SEO moves on, indeed, the URL of that article is "/articles/quadrilles-law.shtml".
Yes, but you may be missing the fact that the vast majority of Internet users just click links.
They don't know what a URL is and would not recognise one if they saw it.
Many search engine users are naive to spammer tactics.
I don't click on those links. Why? Because last time I clicked one, I was infected with some sort of virus thing.
Nothing wrong with it according to Google. They even tell us to do it.
If your URL contains relevant words, this provides users and search engines with more information about the page than an ID or oddly named parameter would (2).
What page in that 32 page document does Google tell us to do this crap?I see you managed to find it all by yourself. Well done!
URLs with words that are relevant to your site's content and structure are friendlier for visitors navigating your site. Visitors remember them better and might be more willing to link to them.
avoid using excessive keywords like"baseball-cards-baseball-cards-baseballcards.htm"
www.brandonsbaseballcards.com/articles/ten-rarest-baseball-cards.htmand states ...
A user performs the query [rarest baseball cards]. One of our deeper pages, its unique description meta tag used as the snippet, appears as a result.
It's doubtful it helps but it may on trusted big brand sites such as eBay that add user generated titles to their urls which are often spammy.