Space (%20) affect search Engine optimisation???

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As i am optimising my site by using Anchor Tag in my website and the url turns to be..when i click on that product..

"www.hst.com.sg/..../Egyptian%20Cotton..."

Because in my aNchor tag i have written :

"a href=".../#Egyptian Cotton..."

Does anyone know if the %20 or space would affect the Spider searching my site?

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Ps. Please reply me asap. Thank you all..
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I n Google it willnot be affected we have seen ranking with space URL's
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I dont think it will affect google spidering at all.
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just%20sucks%20if%20anyone%20wants%20to%20type%20in%20the%20url%20directly

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I'd also recommend not using caps on your filenames as well, for the very same reason. People are comfortable with lowercase alphanumerics, hyphens and underscores, it's best not to mess with stuff like that, especially as there is no real need.
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Okie! THank you for the quick Respond. :D


However, RTM..

So you were saying by joining all the word together?? which were u suggesting? because if it is to be concatenate as one..wont it be worse? like EgyptianCotton --> there's no such word ? what do u suggest?
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how about egptian-cotton
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egyptiancotton, for eg http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/tours/
egyptian-cotton, eg http://www.hsl.gov.uk/about-us/
egyptian_cotton, eg http://www.worldcarfree.net/about_us/

Those are the examples that people are used to looking at. I believe the hyphen is the most common one.

And to counter your comment, can you show me a dictionary that has the word:
Quote:
Egyptian%20Cotton

in it :P
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:cry:


however wont they appear as SPACE ?
http://www.powerlab.it/elite/defs.htm#T ... Dictionary --> take a look at this site.. cos what imean was to be used in ANCHOR TAG and i wnat it to be CRAWLED by the Spiders ..
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Swee wrote:
:cry:
however wont they appear as SPACE ?


Well in the code they will, for example:
Code: [ Select ]
<a href="/egyptian cotton/">Our Fantastic Egyptian Cotton</a>


but when you click on a link that looks like that, the browser re-writes it for you, before requesting the url. The user will never see the version with a space, they will only ever see the version with the %20 in it. Your average resident of userland will not know that the %20 is a space.

It makes no difference to the search engines, but it's always nice to make your site as user friendly as possible. The little things do make a difference.
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Yes, in Coding, it would remain as space. In URL, it will be %20.

So which mean, my spider is able to see the proper word -"Egyptian Cotton"? Since the Anchor tag is not for searching purposes..how much user-friendly would not depend on the Anchor Tag?

Customer dont serach their words through Anchor tag? so it doesnt' matter if i use it as "Egyptian Cotton", or "Egyptian_cotton" since its only Anchor tag? can i say that?

Thanks for those replies. *appreciate... :)
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SE's are capable of converting "-" to spaces when indexing urls and filenames in links. It also works well with folder names.

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