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For me the decision was always driven by aesthetic preference. So much of that tends to be driven by industry leaders and then it trickles down into accepted paradigms. Wow, there are some angry people commenting on this post. I have always heard that dashes are the way to go but never knew the reason behind it.
The problem with articles like this is that they outdate at some time and nobody removes or alters them. Which leads to false information. In Google announced this: Does that also hold true for interior pages as well?
Also, Peter Matches posted a good question. Is this post obselete now? Could you post an update? This is just one benefit of using dashes.
Matt I have a question regarding dashes. So all of our traffic will be organic or people who visit us by typing in the URL? What I want to ask is whether it is good to buy domain with dashes? May be I am misunderstood pardon me. As a matter of taste, I prefer domain names to have no dashes and pages within the domain to have dashes for ease of reading, but I have no ideas the pros and cons of each.
I prefer the underscores as to dashes.. In my view the underscore gives problems if rarely you need to I know you want to type the url and the link is underlined obscuring the underscore. I like the dash better for that reason. Thanks, you are giving a very useful service with this blog. Thanks Matt I appreciate all the information and support, over the years and have implemented this tip on three domains.
Also thanks for the live broadcast on Youtube last week it was fun. Gadgets, Google, and SEO. August 25, at 1: Good job Monsieur Cutts! I like posts like these.
The more the better, in my book… not the twaddle. August 25, at 7: August 25, at 8: Will these be considered word-separators as well? August 25, at 9: How dare you impugn the honor of my site! LMAO at that domain name at the end.
August 25, at Matt, Thank you for putting an end to this question as far as Google is concerned. Thanks for making your blog entertaining — at least for us nerds that is! Love your blog so far! Just trying to clarify. I always thought this was one of the stupidest things Google has done.
For instance, consider the quandry of Catherine Zeta-Jones If you are to use hyphens to represent spaces in her name you would write it Catherine-Zeta-Jones. LOL — Awesome domain name Matt! August 25, at 2: August 26, at 5: August 26, at 7: August 26, at August 26, at 3: What would be a good rule of thumb in of -,s in file names? August 26, at 6: August 27, at August 27, at 9: Three years ago, GoogleGuy said something about hyphens in this thread on Webmasterworld forums: August 28, at 2: August 29, at 3: August 31, at 5: September 1, at 7: September 7, at 8: September 8, at 2: September 9, at September 12, at 1: September 12, at 6: September 13, at 6: September 29, at 6: October 14, at Thank you and I look forward to your reply.
Sorry I did not realize that it does not show our URL: October 15, at 8: November 5, at November 18, at 9: November 18, at November 22, at 9: November 22, at November 24, at 7: What is the maximum number of words and dashes will make your url not so conspicuous.
Is this too long? November 30, at 3: Totally agree with what Markus mentioned. December 23, at 1: December 31, at January 9, at 2: What is the relevence to sites I have seen start using this? January 10, at January 31, at 8: Ouch, guess who has been using underscores all the time: February 9, at 5: March 18, at 4: I was always confused on this issue.
March 18, at 9: March 19, at 7: April 28, at 8: May 9, at May 19, at 5: May 23, at 2: Some feedback would be much appreciated Matt… thank you. Pete from down under. May 23, at 3: May 25, at 8: June 1, at 6: June 20, at 1: July 21, at July 22, at 6: August 18, at August 21, at 3: September 7, at September 15, at 4: September 17, at 1: Thanks Matt for info on Dashes and underscores.
September 20, at 4: October 4, at 7: Thanks for the great post. October 6, at 2: Hi Matt, Has anything changed with regards to how Google handles dashes and underscores since you first created this post?
Great blog by the way! October 8, at 6: October 17, at I would argue for underscores as dividers so that you can use hyphens as intended. October 19, at 8: October 24, at 6: October 25, at 7: Would too many dashes in url considered spamming? December 13, at 1: Dashes are more visually appealing from an aesthetic standpoint. December 19, at 1: December 21, at 1: December 27, at 8: January 14, at 4: January 31, at 1: February 15, at 2: February 25, at 8: March 12, at 2: March 16, at Or how about using your example: March 28, at 9: Thanks for any insights you can provide!
April 5, at This is a very interesting topic. Undersores vs hyphens I did a couple of searches in Google and came across a site named http: This tells me that hyphens does not matter. I will give some feedback as I go along. April 6, at 9: April 9, at HI Matt, I have read a lot about your blog, but never really checked it out properly.
April 13, at 8: April 17, at 2: Or are pagenames simply not important enough in the complete ranking proces? April 21, at 5: April 22, at 8: Sorry to rant on your blog. April 24, at April 25, at 4: Thanks Matt, love the blog read it frequently.
April 25, at 8: April 30, at 1: May 4, at 8: I now have my answer! May 5, at 3: May 8, at 6: Dashes make words easier to read in addition to being good for SEO. May 10, at 5: Hey, Matt, sorry, but you are mistaken. May 20, at 7: Do the last link active and sell it already with PR 5 backlink. June 4, at June 14, at 2: I note that most blogs wordpress at least are using dashes, so thats something Paul. June 20, at 7: July 9, at 4: July 11, at 7: July 22, at 1: Thanks for this post Sir Matt, first, I wonder how many people clicked: July 24, at 8: And how do you do it in a way not to trigger duplicate filters cheers from downunder.
July 25, at 3: July 25, at 6: July 27, at 8: August 7, at 5: August 10, at August 11, at 8: August 20, at 5: Matt, thank you for this information. September 2, at Or better with none? September 26, at 8: September 28, at 5: September 30, at 6: October 5, at 8: Some times all the details get in the way and I forget to keep it simple … Thanks. October 9, at October 10, at October 16, at November 6, at Alex, I believe it is a mistake to make the assumption that Google treats underscores the same way when it is indexing sites as it does when processing a search request.
November 10, at 3: November 11, at 9: November 12, at 8: Thanks for the information Matt…. November 12, at 9: November 26, at 7: December 4, at Did you know that Linux cannot resolve URLs with hyphens on it?
December 11, at 4: December 18, at 5: December 20, at 8: Hi guys, Apparently underscores are now treated as spaces by google: January 1, at 1: Hi, Great article on hyphens vs underscores A lot of people have asked about the hyphenated vs unhyphenated domain names The current advise is to get both versions.
January 18, at 1: I always used dashes.. January 18, at 4: January 25, at 3: January 29, at 7: February 2, at 1: February 8, at 1: I think it should not be a controversy more as Google does not penalize any of these two styles.
Though it is strongly said that, it will not affect your SEO. February 21, at February 28, at 3: March 4, at 1: March 13, at March 30, at 3: May 3, at 6: May 8, at 7: Would be great to hear your views.