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Underscores Vs Hyphens

  1. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 10 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 image95
    Paragliderposted 10 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 image66
    casparposted 10 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 image81
    darksideposted 10 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 image89
    Isabella Snowposted 10 years ago

    That shouldn't affect old hubs, right?

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

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 10 years agoin reply to this

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

 
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