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    Mad Beach Bum jgsketch's Avatar
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    Hyphenated or all together

    Had a quick question. Which is better in search engines? petdogarticles.php or pet-dog-articles.php. Will the search engines figure out the page without the dashes? If not, I'll have to change them all

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    I'd use the dashes.. From experience, they work better.
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    Adding hyphens to your URL doesn't make a huge difference, but as long as you're not getting a lot of type in traffic to the pages within your site, it's probably worth doing.
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    What do you call type in traffic?

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    When someone hand keys the URL in to their web browser.

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    Hmm, wouldn't not including the dashes make the URI shorter and thus increase the density?

    Not batting against the dashes, just wondered. Dashes increase readability IMO the most.
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    Dashes make it easier for the search engines to determine the keywords in the URL.

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    I would register both if you could and then use the one with dashes (and either redirect the other one or just keep it so no one else has it). If you become popular you don't want others getting your traffic from those who do not remember the dashes.

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    Thanks for the replies. The url I'm talking about are further in my site, not my main URL. For example: www.metropetsupply.com/petdogarticles.php vs www.metropetsupply.com/pet-dog-articles.php. Because of this, I'm not worried about people being able to read the url. I'm more focused on how the seach engines are going to read it.

    I've heard both that search engines will pick up on both ways. Especially Google, I heard they are good about seperating the words out of a phrase like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgsketch
    Thanks for the replies. The url I'm talking about are further in my site, not my main URL. For example: www.metropetsupply.com/petdogarticles.php vs www.metropetsupply.com/pet-dog-articles.php. Because of this, I'm not worried about people being able to read the url. I'm more focused on how the seach engines are going to read it.

    I've heard both that search engines will pick up on both ways. Especially Google, I heard they are good about seperating the words out of a phrase like that.
    Oops. I must of glanced over the ".php" extension and "saw" ".com" instead.

    Sorry! Carry on.

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    Interesting, I never knew the dashes make it easier for search engines to register the keywords, but I guess it makes sense now.


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