Post by scanreg » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:41 pm

for us there is always a question of whether to hyphenate multi-word categories and blog topics

why? cuz for ease of promotion, you would say www.mysite.com/freeshipping, but for visual clarity and perhaps seo (not sure on this) you would make it www.mysite.com/free-shipping

also, what if you placed adwords that said www.mysite.com/free-shipping but these redirected to www.mysite.com/freeshipping? would goog view this as a not-nice redirect?

if the content is strictly promoted by web then hyphenation is fine but if you also would like other ads like radio then do you say in the radio ad 'www.mysite.com/free(hyphen)shipping....don't forget the hyphen"?

how do you approach things and what is your experience with google?

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Post by cwswebdesign » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:43 am

it's best to use a hypen. in this case, it's up to you whether you want to use freeshipping or free-shipping. Google would either see it as one word or two separate words if you used the hyphen. if it's a product URL, I'd use the hyphen.

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Post by MrTech » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:00 am

Agree on hyphen use. Also, using both version is bad as Google will see it as duplicate content... pick one and stick with it. Since i'm on the subject, Google also sees www.mysite.com and mysite.com as two sites, duplicate content. You should set your htaccess file to re-direct all requests to one or the other and always use it that way to avoid duplicate issues again.

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Post by scanreg » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:36 am

thanks very much, thinking the same here

if a radio listener goes to /freeshipping, the error page would have a link they could click to go to /free-shipping, maybe that would be the best way to do it

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