Archive for the 'SEO' Category

SEO Quicktip: Underscore or Hyphen in URLs

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Update 2007-10-19: as our readers Aaron and Kai have kindly pointed out to me, this is no longer an issue. Hyphens & underscores are now treated equally by Google.

Well, here’s something I wasn’t aware of until moments ago. When using SEO-friendly and user-friendly URLs, always go for hyphens instead of underscores.

Good:
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Bad:
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Why? Because according to this post, Google doesn’t recognize the underscore as a divider. Basically, that means you would have to include the underscore in your search term to bring up the URL. I don’t think anybody actually does that. Clearly a point for Team Hyphen. I’m just glad WordPress does “good” URLs out of the box.

Grade Your Website: 31 Free Online Tests

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Magnifying GlassAviva has put together a great collection of online tools to check your website. The 31 tools are grouped into code validation, accessibility, speed tests, browser simulators and search engine optimization (SEO). You’ll also find keyword analyzers and link checkers among the bunch. These tools are all very useful to ensure you are making the best out of your website, and as such I can highly recommend them.

Web Developer’s Handbook

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

This has to be one of the most comprehensive collections of relevant links on the subject of web development that I have seen until now: The Web Developer’s Handbook.

It covers most of the essential links on creativity, CSS, CMS, color tools, SEO, semantics, typography, usability, and much more. Definately worth a bookmark.


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