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Thread: File Name VS Directory Name

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    File Name VS Directory Name

    I know Chris uses domain.com/file-name/ structure on his sites and obviously it is an effective method but I have read elsewhere that having a file name in the root directory is better than having a file in a sub directory i.e.

    domain.com/file-name/

    VS

    domain.com/file-name.html

    Is this true?

    Also does capitilisation of the file name have any effect on its keyword weighting? i.e.

    domain.com/file-name.html

    VS

    domain.com/File-Name.html

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    I don't think google cares about capitalisation in files. I always use the fake-folder-php method.

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    Capitalization or placement in the directory structure is irrelevant.

    domain.com/file-name/ actually has a higher density than domain.com/file-name.html though so the first method is better.
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    I really don't think keyword density in the URL matters much. No?

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    Um, Just include the keyword in every sentence in your page, using captialization on it, and write about 4 paragraphs. Thats my SEO tip. It worked for me, I bet about 10 sites with a PR of 4 with a site without PR... When I get some PR I'll beat the only one still above me easily...

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    Thanks for your advice guys I'll be going with the domain.com/file-name/ approach.

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    Originally posted by pas
    I really don't think keyword density in the URL matters much. No?
    If the url is used as the anchor text of a link it matters.
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    True, but I can't think of any sites offhand (other than maybe SERPs that don't have PR) that use the URL as link text. I imagine "http://www.mydomain.com/acme-products" would be considerably less effective than "Acme Products". But I use "acme-products", etc. for directory/file names anyhow...
    Last edited by pas; 02-14-2004 at 04:45 PM.

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