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12:48 am on Jan 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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domain/word1-word2.htm vs domain/word1_word2.htm, which is better Thanks.
1:02 am on Jan 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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domain/word1-word2.htm is fine

domain/word1_word2.htm is awful.

Grammatically, 'word1 word2' beats word1-word2 beats word1_word2 beats word1word2

But search engines don't read quite as we do, so

word1-word2.htm beats word1word2.htm beats word1_word2.htm beats 'word1 word2.htm'

Why?

Because search engines search for what people tell them to search for.

And no-one searches for anything_like_that; few people search for anythinglikethis, but SEs see key-words much like you and I see key words.

[edited by: Quadrille at 1:11 am (utc) on Jan. 10, 2007]

2:00 am on Jan 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Very Thanks,

but I try search in google "IzyMail Online" and "IzyMail"

you will find "IzyMail_Online" is frist.

search "Mail Exchange Plus"

Mail_Exchange_Plus > mail-exchange-plus


why? Thanks again.

12:26 am on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member quadrille is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



If there is a file called under_score and you search for under_score, then you'll find it.

But only a webmaster, indeed the owner, is likely to make that search.

If you search for under score - and the page under_score.htm also features under score, then you may get served under_score.htm

If you search for under score - and the page under_score.htm does not feature under score, then you are unlikely to get served under_score.htm

I'm sure there are many, many times when under_score works; but in general, other forms work better.

But never test any search on a webmaster search; always test with the kind of search a customer would make. They are the ones that matter.

[edited by: Quadrille at 12:29 am (utc) on Jan. 11, 2007]

2:43 pm on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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good reasoning there. This pretty much solves this classic question.
:)
3:44 pm on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jimbeetle is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



One suggestion I always make when this question comes up is to take a term similar to that Mail_Exchange_Plus search and try it in different flavors on each of the SEs.

[word1_word2_word3]

[word1-word2-word3]

[word1 word2 word 3]

["word1 word2 word3"]

...etc.

There are differences on what is returned by the SEs and it's probably best to experiment and see them for yourself.