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dzflower453 private msg quote post Address this user
Hi,
I was wondering if putting information (data, for example) in parentheses would make those keywords less able to be searched by SEO rankings.
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It hinders contextual search results.

Search bots can understand subject, verb and object. But in brackets they cannot.
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dzflower453 private msg quote post Address this user
thanks for letting me know
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This video is Matt Cutts on dashes vs underscores (not brackets) but it gives you an idea of the depth of understanding that Google has. They have likely factored all punctuation and printable characters into their algorithms.

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@Rev

Who is Matt Cutts? 8-)

For those who have never heard of him.

WARNING: name dropping to happen. I ran into him at a Barnes and Noble last month and we stood there talking for about 15 minutes before both of us went on our way.
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Matt Cutts was the head of the Web Spam group at Google. He is currently on sabbatical but is still considered "the voice" of Google on search-related matters.

Over the past few years he produced several hundred videos, like the one above, that deal with specific questions real people ask about search. Most of those videos can be found on You Tube.

Here's another one on the topic of back links, something that has been discussed in other threads here...



@Belew -- when you spoke to him did he say anything about going back to Google?
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@Rev,

I didn't know he was on sabbatical. I wish I had.

He was buying a book on woodworking or something.

He's a genuinely nice guy. No pretenses.

It was a pleasant exchange and I wish we had had more time to talk.
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