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    Advice on URL structure


    I have a sports website where users can comment on upcoming games and vote on who they think will win. I am trying to determine the best way to structure the URL path for a game. Currently, I am using the following structure:

    Game: San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

    URL:
    http:// ... /nfl/635/san-diego-chargers-denver-broncos

    Should I add in the versus with underscores? e.g.

    http:// ... /nfl/635/san-diego-chargers_versus_denver-broncos

    If so, can I use "vs" instead of "versus" and would google know what it means?

    Or, does it just not matter?
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    I think vs is more universal than versus. Bytheway, it's still best to use hyphens instead of underscores.

    Filename/Directory names wouldn't have a great impact on search engines though it would still have a value unless it is being applied on images. Focus on good and relevant contents.
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    My 2 cents:

    Use the "versus" or the "vs". In the end - which one you use doesn't really matter, most people will read and understand it and it makes little difference from an optimisation POV.

    Don't use the underscores.
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    My vote goes to:

    http:// ... /nfl/635/san-diego-chargers-vs-denver-broncos

    I am guessing your TITLE/H/ALT will also reflect this particular phrase.

    Is date/day a factor? (sunday-san-diego-chargers-vs-denver-broncos, october-07-san-diego-chargers-vs-denver-broncos)
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    Title and Date


    My Title actually says :
    San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos | Site name

    I tried putting the "at" in the URL, but thought I read somewhere that is an irrelevant word, so I thought "vs" would be better.

    As for date, I don't know how important it is, but may be a nice to have. If I added the date, should I make it like

    "...nfl/10/07/2007/san-diego-....

    or "...nfl/10-07-2007-san-diego...."

    or ".../nfl/october-07-2007-san-diego"

    or some other variation that works better with Google.

    As for underscores, I thought it did not matter anymore, but I can easily switch back to dashes.

    Thanks again for all the advice, this site is a great find.
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    Originally Posted by dwg
    My Title actually says :
    San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos | Site name

    I tried putting the "at" in the URL, but thought I read somewhere that is an irrelevant word, so I thought "vs" would be better.

    As for date, I don't know how important it is, but may be a nice to have. If I added the date, should I make it like

    "...nfl/10/07/2007/san-diego-....

    or "...nfl/10-07-2007-san-diego...."

    or ".../nfl/october-07-2007-san-diego"

    or some other variation that works better with Google.

    As for underscores, I thought it did not matter anymore, but I can easily switch back to dashes.

    Thanks again for all the advice, this site is a great find.
    Not sure if its already in effect, but google are implementing that all - and _ will be known as a word seperators in the urls.
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    Originally Posted by dwg
    I have a sports website where users can comment on upcoming games and vote on who they think will win. I am trying to determine the best way to structure the URL path for a game. Currently, I am using the following structure:

    Game: San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

    URL:
    http:// ... /nfl/635/san-diego-chargers-denver-broncos

    Should I add in the versus with underscores? e.g.

    http:// ... /nfl/635/san-diego-chargers_versus_denver-broncos

    If so, can I use "vs" instead of "versus" and would google know what it means?

    Or, does it just not matter?
    First of all, I think the vast majority knows that "vs" is the abbreviation/stands for "versus".

    Then, although Google consider both hyphens and underscores as word separators, I still prefer hyphens. Because, maybe... maybe ( I don't know this yet ) not all search engines are evolved enough to take them into account as word separators.

    Bottom line, I'd go for the first variant you posted ( if only those 2 variants are possible ).
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    Yes, google can read both separators, but it wouldn't hurt to apply the basics, right?

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