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Month: March 2005

Filtered: Links for March 28, 2005

Here is your “need to know” for March 28, 2005. * “Forrester – First look at Yahoo! 360”:http://blogs.forrester.com/charleneli/2005/03/first_look_at_y.html * “CIRA – Sleep Country Canada Wins…

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More Reasons Not To Use Pop-up Ads

Jakob Nielsen’s “Most Hated Advertising Techniques”:http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20041206.html provides some hard data on what many of us have known for a while now – aggressive online ads…

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Google Likes Dashes More Than Underscores

One of the things mentioned at the SXSW “How To Trick-out Your Blog”:http://2005.sxsw.com/interactive/conference/panels/?action=show&id=IAP0060 session was that Google seems to like dashes a bit more than underscores in URLs.
I’ve since found some discussion that seems to confirm this:
* “Overstated”:http://overstated.net/03/08/12-google-underscores-filenames
* “Mark Carey”:http://www.markcarey.com/googleguy-says/archives/discuss-underscores-are-not-word-seperators-in-google.html
* “Phil Ringnalda”:http://philringnalda.com/blog/2004/04/underscores_are_bad_mmkay.php
* “WebPro News”:http://www.webpronews.com/ebusiness/seo/wpn-4-20040802DomainNameDilemmaDoDashesorUnderscoresGooseGoogleRankingsMore.html
I seriously doubt that the impact of the switching from underscores to dashes is significant enough to warrant changing current URLs (and generating a sea of broken links that kind of defeat the purpose), but for new sites it makes sense to use dashes instead of underscores.

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Dial-up On Endangered Species List

Ipsos-Reid reports that users accessing the web over dial-up connections are becoming increasingly rare.

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