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Underscore or Hyphen ?

   
7:55 pm on Aug 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi guys,

Which is better ?

www.mysite.com/heavy_metal_music/

or

www.mysite.com/heavy-metal-music/

Thank you.
4:22 am on Aug 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Actually, I have a more important question. Which is better:

www.mysite.com/heavy-metal-music/index.html

or

www.mysite.com/content/heavy-metal-music.html

This would be for a search term like "heavy metal" or "metal music". Should I go with the directory name or the HTML name ? Thanks.
5:01 am on Aug 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Borrowing from Tedster's post [webmasterworld.com]:
[..]the underscore character is still indexed as a character

Hyphens are better than underscores, and you might as well use extensionless URL's...

www.mysite.com/heavy-metal-music would be the holy grail.
10:44 am on Sep 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member sgt_kickaxe is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member



Without some modifications the holy grail is unavailable for wordpress sites because of the forced /category/.

If that's the case with your site try and keep a site structure that makes sense by leaving "category" (ie:/content/ in your example) right after the .com/.net/.org etc.

Again, it won't matter on a wordpress site because example.com/content/ is not a real category and returns a 404. I'd say wordpress needs a tad more seo love but it's widely used as is without too many problems so don't fret too much, just make sure not to change back and forth when you finally decide. :-)
 

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