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What if every page name starts with (underscore)



2:52 pm on Jul 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This isn't Yahoo specific, but a general SE question. What if I prefix every URL with an underscore. Would SEs care? So the addresses would look something like this:


If not underscores, then which other printable character would do the trick?

As an alternative I can have a one character folder name. That'd also work. But I don't want the SEs to think that my content is one level deep, even if there is no level 0 per se. For example:


The reason I need this is because the whole site will run under an engine which rewrites all the requests to the root and on. To avoid rewriting, I need some recognizable (regexnizable) pattern to distinguish engine URLs from other URLs.

What do you all think?


11:12 am on Jul 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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8:24 pm on Jul 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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well, definitely don't use the /c/ idea - se's will penalize you for the extra layer of depth.

What about something at the end of your url:



8:34 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Your choice of character is somewhat disturbing.


8:44 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i do exactly what you are suggesting

eg. i use the underscore as part of a sequence i use to trigger the rewrite rule in the htaccess file

so i have filenames like:

i have not had a problem with indexing if that's what you are asking.


8:44 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Take a look at Matt Cutts comments on using underscores (vs. dashes)...


His example is that _MAXINT is different than MAXINT or at least Google treats them differently.

So the upshot is to only use underscores when you really mean underscores.


11:54 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Interesting... I don't mind dashes, but I think it'd look weird if every page began with a dash :)


What about other characters, e.g. "@" or "+"?


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