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SEO question about "-"

Chipeez asked 1 year ago
Hi all,

I’m currently working on updating a site, and now I’m a bit puzzled as to how I should name the different webpage… Mostly I’m interested to know if it makes a difference for (mostly) google if I use a “-” in the pagename..

So is there a difference between:

xhttp://mysite.lq/pokerroom.html
and
xhttp://mysite.lq/poker-room.html

Thx for your time.. <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” />

13 Answers
elgoog answered 1 year ago
xhttp://mysite.lq/poker-room.html seems best to me,
google reads 2 important words in the url
instead of one
(that is presuming you want to optimize for poker and room
not for pokerroom)

webber286 answered 1 year ago
Not completely certain, but I believe it helps to breakup the words with the “-” or “_”. They should be able to see the keywords better if they are separated, rather than having to parse them from one combined word (however, I think they will do that too).

Chipeez answered 1 year ago
Thx guys….

I’ve used the “-” in the names, also because it’s easier for people to read when (if) it comes up in a search engine..

thx again for the input so far..

fonzi answered 1 year ago
don’t use an underscore”_” google doesn’t like those. Use “-“

Chipeez answered 1 year ago
thx for the advice fonzi, don’t like “_” myself too..

TheGooner answered 1 year ago
fonzi wrote:
don’t use an underscore”_” google doesn’t like those. Use “-“

More myth and rumour – or do you have something to back this up.
I see no difference between “-” or “_” and I don’t think Google does either.

Bonusgeek answered 1 year ago
Ive read in the conspiracy forums that if you use an underscore google treats it as one word and hyphens as 2. However, fficial&client=firefox-a” class=”bbcode_url”>http://www.google.com/search?q=casinobonus&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&client=firefox-a
you will notice both casinobonus and casino bonus is highlighted which tells me google can still pick out the keywords eventhough I did not use a hyphen. So bottom line, underscore, hyphen or running the words together, I don’t think it really makes a difference with the exception of it looking a little prettier with a hyphen.

TheGooner answered 1 year ago
Bonusgeek wrote:
So bottom line, underscore, hyphen or running the words together, I don’t think it really makes a difference with the exception of it looking a little prettier with a hyphen.

I agree … underscore and hyphen are the same … I would not run the words together though.

However as an old programmer I’ve got used to seeing underscore on variable names for years and treating it as a space character … so I prefer underscores.
:hattip:

elgoog answered 1 year ago
i have learned hyphen is better than underscore…

btw,the highlightning doesnt say anything, meaning its not the way google looks at words, its a different thing

Goldfinger answered 1 year ago
One hyphen underscore/hyphen is fine. If you have more than one and overdo it like super-slots-roulette-monkey-bonus-casino it will be flagged as Spam. If you have a legitimate page for a url like free-slots-bonus then Google will realise sooner or later that it’s not spammy.