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Underscores Vs Hyphens

  1. darkside profile image83
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    I've noticed that the default URL that HubPages is automatically generating when you type in your title now has hyphens as opposed to the underscores which seemed to be the standard.

    A reason for the change?

  2. Paraglider profile image89
    Paragliderposted 8 years ago

    I read somewhere on Webmaster World that one-two-three would be found by someone searching for one two three or one-two-three, but that one_two_three would only be found by the precise search. And that this is also why onetwothree is also bad.

    But I have no proof of any of that!

  3. caspar profile image83
    casparposted 8 years ago

    I'd never thought about it, but it's an interesting question.  I did a bit of research and found someone who'd actually tested it out with made up keywords:
    http://www.prweaver.com/blog/2004/08/26 … underscore

    It seems you may be right Paraglider!

  4. darkside profile image83
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    Search engines do treat underscores as spaces, the same way it does with the hyphens.

    If you check out Wikipedia you'll notice they've used underscores since their inception.

    And Wikipedia do fantastically well at being found by search engines.

  5. Isabella Snow profile image85
    Isabella Snowposted 8 years ago

    That shouldn't affect old hubs, right?

    I assume they aren't being converted to underscores??

    1. darkside profile image83
      darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I doubt HubPages would change URL's. Seeing that hubs could be indexed by search engines and also backlinks.