Using Hyphens and Underscores

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When creating page names, directory structures, anchor text links and even images, it's important to consider the users experience.

If a URL reads something like the example below it is unlikely that the user will either remember the URL or revisit the page.

So, something like this one is much better. Not only is this easier to remember, it's also better for the search engines as the 'news-item-name.htm' can be keyword emphasised. e.g. queens-birthday-2011.htm.

It is widely believed that search engines view a hyphen (-) as a space and do not do the same for an underscore(_). Also, hyphenated page names are easier to read and understand for both the user and the search engines.

If you search the various web designer forums, you'll find that opinions will vary. At ArtWork NetWork we take much of our Search Engine Optimisation information from Google's own webmaster support pages.

We are also members of several Webmaster and Search Engine Optimisation forums. There are tens of 1000's of webmasters and optimisers around the world. A great many of these contribute their knowledge and experience to these forums.

We take an overall view of a great many forum posts, we make many posts ourselves and from this and Google's Webmaster Tools, we derive a method for what we believe to be a solid approach to search engine optimisation.

Correct usage of hyphens and underscores are just a single item that has a very small effect in what is a highly complex and cumulative set of procedures towards attaining good SERP's (Search Engine Result Pages).

It's a never ending process, as the search engines are on the constant move, changing their algorithms to move further towards a better SERP and to prevent poor webmaster conduct from prevailing over good.

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Based in Middlesbrough, Cleveland UK... Artwork Network are a graphic, print & website design company.

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