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Hypens in file names are often better than underscores

Posted on 25th April, 2006

Vanessa Fox from the Google Sitemaps team was a guest blogger at Matt Cuff’s blog recently. She gives out several SEO tips which should be useful for those interested in optimising their sites for the Google search engine.

I even find a tip which is new to me such as the hypens vs underscores in file names.

Hypens are often better than underscores.
As an example, african-elephants.html is seen as two words: “African” and “elephants”. african_elephants is seen as one word: african_elephant. Who’s searching for “african_elephant”?

Some of the other tips suggest these

  • Make subscription-based site more search engine friendly by using good structuring
  • Stay away from flash based site
  • Avoid using images as text and navigation
  • Include important keywords in file name and content. (This one seems obvious but most people do not bother. Those who do, include the wrong keywords!)

Read full post: Organic Site Review session

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