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Does Google Ignore Periods?
Posted 24 November 2003 - 09:34 AM
I am new to SEO so this may just be common knowledge to you guys.. but is there any difference to Google between the keyphrase "Dr. Nick" and "Dr Nick" (without the period) ?
Thanks for your help!
Posted 24 November 2003 - 09:38 AM
Google ignores most, if not all punctuation. I'm sure the example you gave would be ignored. The only exception I can think of is that some punctuation within a string that doesn't contain a space is ignored, and some is treated as a space.
Posted 24 November 2003 - 11:09 AM
So it must be a single word, and of course it shouldn't have a damaging meaning in another language. Once you have this word, then it should be your company's operating name, your brand and your domain name. Having done all this you can then pour all your energy into making that single word the most visible in your chosen market niche.
Posted 24 November 2003 - 11:47 AM
Yes, Google ignores periods from everything I've seen.
And Barry, I have no idea how your post relates to the question at hand, sorry!
Posted 24 November 2003 - 11:55 AM
If they try to guess the domain name when there are alternate ways of turning the company name into a domain name, then they may not be able to find it. As the questioner pointed out, the search with Google is also a little tricky.
So I have talked with someone over the telephone. They mention the name of their company. It would be great if without them telling me, I know automatically how to find the website. I think Dr Nick has insuperable problems from that point of view.
Posted 24 November 2003 - 12:02 PM
It's a separate issue from the question of whether the period would be noticed, but it's a valid point.
Posted 24 November 2003 - 12:45 PM
In fact do a search for DrNick on Google and there are 3,620 web pages in the SERP. A search for DoctorNick on Google shows 739 web pages. I think our good friend, nicktaylor, will get lost in this crowd
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