Do dubble (--) have any bad effect on SEO, in the URL?

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Hey all

I have a website infront of me, some of the URL's are like this:

website.com/blue--socks <- Is that bad for SEO?

Then i do a normal "site:" search, i cant find the URL. But if a do a normal search, on the keyword, it is indexed.

Anyone know if it is bad?
#bad #dubble #effect #seo #url
  • Profile picture of the author serpname
    No one, knows this? Its a huge problem, or?
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  • Profile picture of the author A S M
    I wouldn't say its bad .. but why would anyone want to put -- and not just - ?

    Hyphens as a keyword separator is acceptable in Google's eyes. But it doesn't benefit for anything
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  • Profile picture of the author PBScott
    Not for SEO directly I think.

    For traffic it may be, not 100% sure if it is bad, but often a complicated URL might get double encoded when it goes into social media websites, stumbleupon is one that sticks in my mind, but it is not the only one, I just can't remember the others offhand...Twitter might do it also. Also some forums might not like it.

    Try submitting one with a double hyphen into SU and see if the link works.

    Looks like the URL of this thread has just ignored your (--)
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      No one will know because the thought never occurred to them and if it did the following question would stump them -

      Why?????????
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      • Profile picture of the author godoveryou
        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        No one will know because the thought never occurred to them and if it did the following question would stump them -

        Why?????????
        I've used them in the past, but I don't anymore. I think there is a forum answer-filter where if your question comes down to 'try it and find out' the replies don't just pour forth.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by serpname View Post

    website.com/blue--socks <- Is that bad for SEO?
    Completely unnecessary.
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    • Profile picture of the author godoveryou
      Originally Posted by serpname
      website.com/blue--socks <- Is that bad for SEO?
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Completely unnecessary.
      You don't know shit about SEO. Just doing that gives you page 1 with no linking and a personal tweet from Matt Cutts.

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  • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
    Not bad as some sites use the '-' as separator of the values (like in query string, key value pair) and any optional missing value can lead to have multiple dashes in the dynamically generated urls.
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  • Profile picture of the author serpname
    It is one of my customers, who has an old website with (--)

    If i make a "site:" - it cannot find the page with (--)
    If i make a normal search, it has indexed the URL with the (--)

    That is why i am asking
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by serpname View Post

      It is one of my customers, who has an old website with (--)

      If i make a "site:" - it cannot find the page with (--)
      If i make a normal search, it has indexed the URL with the (--)

      That is why i am asking
      That's just a horrible way of creating URLs (--). Problem is If you want to fix the old URLs (--) you'll have to make sure the 301 redirects are perfect across the entire site.

      Big headache IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketkidz
    According to me hyphen is not affected in seo but you should have good contentns on your site and you will be able to get top ranking in the search engine
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