Naming files for SEO¶
The following guidelines for naming a file for optimal SEO:
- Use a dash
- Be short but descriptive
Dash or underscore¶
Google’s algorithm is a secret. Matt Cutts, who worked at Google, advocates using a dash. For more information, see the YouTube video - Underscores vs. dashes in URLs.
Examples of dash and underscore¶
The underscore is not recognized as a word separator. The search engine sees “jobsdashboardAmazonEC2.md”.
Better using a dash as a separator:
Short but descriptive¶
The filename should be short, maybe four words in length, but also should describe the document.
Examples of short file names¶
This filename doesn’t tell Google or anyone about the file.
Yes, this name does describe the file, but how does this name stand out with the multitude of other files named
jobs-dashboard on the Internet.
No reason to include words such as “for”,”the”,”a”,”it”,”to”, and so on, in the name.
Descriptive and uses the dash separator.
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Created: February 10, 2023