Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Hyphens v.s Underscores in URLs for Better SEO

Most of us like the way Matt Cutts (head of Google Webspam team) discusses all the SEO Tips that apply to Google and removes each and every misconception and myth that is being wrongly propagated by both Off page and On page SEO. I am really proud to introduce that Google surely has a great customer service. You and I all write titles while writing any post. You should know that these titles are 88% responsible for driving the traffic towards your blog from the search engines.
Many of us actually don't realize that every character in the post title has its own significance and plays a great role in attracts decent traffic if wisely chosen. Titles are surely one of the important part of on-page SEO. So today we are discussing about a great topic on seo whether to use hyphens or underscores in urls.

What is an Optimized Title?

A title can only be known as an optimized title only if it has the features stated below,
  • Title should only contain 66 characters.
  • Title should containing simple daily used words. You don't need to use complex Vocabulary and no need to consult a Thesaurus for writing titles. Average internet user always go for words that sound familiar in search results page. 
  • Select choice of words from Google Keyword Tool. Ignore the word Tracker.
  • You can use the following symbols frequently:     -  :   !  ? 
  • Use the following symbols rarely:  . &  %  # |
  • Never use the long Dash or Underscore i.e.  _
  • To write a perfect post title, read this tutorial: How to Place Post Title Before Blog Title For Better SEO in Blogger?

What Does Google Say About This?


Matt Cutts, the Head of  Google Web spam team and webmaster help suggests that Underscores should always be avoided because the Underscores are normally used by programmers while they are writing algorithms and it often confuses the search robots. He suggested that dashes are much better to act as separators.

Final Words:

I hope you use hyphens or dashes instead of underscores in urls of your blog posts. Now It's your turn to share this post and write your views in comments till then Happy Blogging!

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