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    Image naming convention
    I heard that naming pictures something like

    hello-red-parrot.jpg

    works better for SEO than

    hello_red_parrot.jpg

    Any thoughts on that?

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    Extremely unlikely that dashes work any better than underscores, but I could be wrong. Either way though, is better than mashing the words together or using ajdghje23df.jpg for a file name
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Ewe
    Any thoughts on that?
    Yes. For both images and page names, the hyphenated version is read as individual strings of characters, so your hello-red-parrot can show as distinct words, hello, red, and/or parrot. In the underscore version, because an underscore does not normally "break" a word or $tring of characters, so the only interpretation of hello_red_parrot is "hello_red_parrot" - and that doesn't match anything other than that exact string, underscores 'n' all.
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    Ooooh, see, I was wrong

    Thanks, Beachy
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    And what works worst of all is the naming method some merchants use:

    hello red parrot.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachy
    Yes. For both images and page names, the hyphenated version is read as individual strings of characters, so your hello-red-parrot can show as distinct words, hello, red, and/or parrot. In the underscore version, because an underscore does not normally "break" a word or $tring of characters, so the only interpretation of hello_red_parrot is "hello_red_parrot" - and that doesn't match anything other than that exact string, underscores 'n' all.
    Good to know. Thanks Beachy and thanks Eric for bringing it up.
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    I did research about URL naming

    http://www.google.com/support/webmas...er=76329&hl=en


    nothing found about pics

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    I agree to disagree on all of this stuff....yes, - as opposed to _ can make more sense in theory, but others who also have great results swear by _ instead of -.

    Some things that a lot of people do forget that can help you though are things like adding in your text to graphics to describe what the graphic is, etc....

    Other people feel that adding an H tag to it may give the graphic more relevance, and some feel strong about B tags on the graphics.

    Then again I have plenty of examples where there is no naming or special attention paid to the graphic and the graphic is way above the graphics that are tagged or nammed jdhslfihoesihyu.jpg or have the words pushed together like exampleofanexample.jpg

    One thing you may want to look at is allowing the engines to use your sites in their labeling programs or like with Google in their image labeling program in webmaster tools (I forget what it's called).

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    Well I don't have a "theory," as I kind of randomly use both - and _. But I do think it's vital to add an alt tag to images.

    What the heck are "b" and "h" tags? I've never heard of those before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2busy
    And what works worst of all is the naming method some merchants use:

    hello red parrot.jpg
    Definitely shouldn't be doing that! I use -
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    Sorry B as in bold tags and H as in <H1></h1> <h2></h2>
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    Well, one thing I do know for sure is that Google's image search does factor in the file name as part of the algorithm... so having a nonsensical file name can hurt if you're looking for placement in the image search.
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    Thanks, rollerblader, I was confused. I thought you meant b and h tags on images. I do use <b> sparingly and <h> where needed. I do think t's important to let the SEs know which phrases are critical to describing what's on the page, but I don't go crazy with those tags. SEs are literal-minded and easily confused, like me!

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