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    Wink How to name your pages for search engines

    This is an advanced lesson in search engine optimizing the way you name your websites pages. This
    lesson assumes that you already know how to name your websites pages. If you do not know how to
    name your websites page, please CLICK HERE NOW before you continue.

    Let's begin…

    Search engines love words, word are everything to them, words are how they index your pages and display
    your site. The more words you use the better.

    Lets say you own FionasFlowers.com and your website has 3 different product pages.

    Page 1 has flowers for weddings
    Page 2 has flowers for funerals
    Page 3 has flowers for valentines day

    Now since Fiona is a internet beginner she will probably name her pages

    FionasFlowers.com/productpage1.html
    FionasFlowers.com/productpage2.html
    FionasFlowers.com/productpage3.html

    What she should do is use keywords in her pages names.

    So instead of Fiona naming her page productpage1.html she should name her page....

    FionasFlowers.com/wedding-flowers.html or
    FionasFlowers.com/flowers-for-weddings.html or
    FionasFlowers.com/flowers-wedding-bouquets.html

    Notice that I have used the keyword flowers in each of the pages names. You should always include
    one of your main keywords in your page name.

    So all things being equal, which page do you think Google will index faster and give a higher rating on?

    FionasFlowers.com/productpage1.html or FionasFlowers.com/flowers-for-weddings.html ???


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    Default Re: How to name your pages for search engines

    Another tip is to make sure that you place the same keywords in your page title
    as you do in your page name.

    If you have any questions on the above topic, please feel free to ask them here.

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    Default Re: How to name your pages for search engines

    Excellent advice and a quick comment and something I learned.

    Since I optimize my pages for my keywords, when I name them I use the same phrases sometimes without a dash or _ - because I've discovered there are a certain number of people who search that way and it then becomes easy for me to be at the top of the se's for the phrase run together (which you really couldn't use in text.

    So, in the example above, I would have used:
    FionasFlowers.com/weddingflowers.html

    This is something that is working very well for me. But, whatever you do, follow the advice and use your keywords in your page url.

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    Hello Everyone

    I am a complete novice at this and am looking forward to learning lots of web tips from you all !

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    Default Re: How to name your pages for search engines

    Hi! Nice tip.
    Would it be good practice to do the same with naming images ?
    & place these in the key words area as well.
    IE:
    www.mysite.com/porcelain-pottery-ceramics-royal-Dalton-bird.gif
    www.mysite.com/porcelain-pottery-ceramics-wade-mouse.jpeg
    www.mysite.com/porcelain-pottery-ceramics-Walt-Disney-donald-duck.jpeg

    Thanks

    Chris

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    Default Re: How to name your pages for search engines

    Yes, Chris, images should be named so that the name reflects what the image is and uses keywords whenever possible. Same for the image alt text.

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    Default Re: How to name your pages for search engines

    Do the dashes between the worlds make any difference?

    For example I have a article on my site I have named

    http://www.myworldsouthamerica.com/c...incatrail.html

    would it be better to change it to

    http://www.myworldsouthamerica.com/c...nca-trail.html

    For me just looking at the 2nd option seems clearer, but does it make it easier for search engines or is there not any diffence?

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    Dashes seperate words, it all depends how your visitor searches for a particular word, some people search for webdesign and others search for web design, I would use them more times than not. web-design.html is the way to go for this keyword.

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    Very good post General! you have nailed down some very good seo techniques. Also this will increase your serps (search engine page ranking).

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    Excellent post ... and definitely cures my curiosity about the dash - .... often wondered, never asked .....

    Thanks!

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