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    Question vertical line vs Dash

    Hi guys..

    Another question yet again

    When typing a file name or alt text should you use dashes or the vertical line ( | ) between words example..

    Raleigh newborn photographer | Baby photography OR

    Raleigh - newborn - photographer - baby - photography

    Or is that keyword stuffing? This would be on a post regarding a photo shoot of a newborn from Raleigh ...

    Thank you Oh... how long should a file name typically be? Thanks
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    Ask your auntie what she likes best. Google is like that

    My best guess: don't go overboard with either the | or the -
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    When talking about file names, I always use a "hyphen". Makes for better readability.



    The first is much more readable than the latter

    Normally you see the pipe symbol "|" used in page titles of web pages. Again it is for readability and Google considers it white space.

    I don't recommend using a space to separate words in a file name either. Why, because when it gets translated it gets mangled...

    new born baby boy.jpg << this is very acceptable in a windows environment.

    this gets translated to the following on a webserver

    new%20born%20baby%20boy.jpg << web servers translate white space into %20. This is what we call an ugly url. Makes it very hard to read.

    A good primer for you concerning filenames


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