Interesting. I will have to check my other computers to see. I probably have some like that too. I didn't recall seeing anything but the 2 vertical dashes but my touch typing includes that key so I never noticed. Now I'm curious.
I regularly use several computers, all Windows based with various OS. Currently I am only near 2, both desktops, older running Win 7 and they have the 2 vertical dashes. I have 2 laptops, a desktop and 2 tablets with keyboards I can check at home.
I have one Win. desktop at home that I bought at Off. Max. The board is e-Machines. I found another keyboard (Labtech), packed away, that shows a line on the board. Maybe newer ones do and older ones do not.
I have noticed some hubbers using the little vertical line in their titles. I wondered if this made a difference with search engines. I have seen it used on Webpages too. It would be helpful to know if anyone has any tips...I see some helpful info below.
Catherine, on my laptop it's on the key above the Enter key so use the Shift key plus the key to get the pipe symbol to display.
I looked on my Android phone keyboard when texting and it's located under the no. 4 key.
Yes, easylearningweb, I did see an increase in hubscores of some hubs after changing my titles to include | where appropriate. I guess that translates into increased searchability but it's all relative when there are HP site changes, QAP/algorithm adjustments, and Pandas going on. By the way, was reminded that the | symbol is in a totally different place on my Kindle Fire keyboard: hit numbers key, then •+- key, it's on the middle row above the trademark symbol.
It is also referred to as a 'pipe'. It can be used as a separator, but isn't considered punctuation. Sometimes I use a colon, but I also use the pipe in certain titles. I think it's more about user readability and eye appeal, does the title stand out more one way or another?
I knew it as a "pipe" also but haven't heard it referred to as that for some time, so I figured the term either fell from grace among the masses, or never went much beyond coding vernacular in the first place. Then again, it doesn't get talked about that much in any case.
Perhaps if Rodney Dangerfield had a symbol on the keyboard...
I don't think it has too much impact in regard to how search engines now read titles. The important part is that our content 'answers' the title and a search query. I think it was intended to tell a search engine that words on either side of a pipe are of equal importance. I don't know if that's still relevant in seo since google implemented the hummingbird algorithm which works more on figuring out reader intent and deciding if content matches the query.
Agreed. Utilizing a pipe in a title should have no impact on the title as a potential target of a search. I just meant it is a useful tool when searching, particularly for items on retail or classified websites where two or more features are of equal importance to you, yet you want to eliminate others, (color being a prime example).
It is the vertical line or pipe as you may call it. That is okay. But it is not used in place of colon. The function of colon is different from this function of the pipe symbol. Colon is used when you are narrating something. But this pipe is used to separate two or more elements or qualities of something.