Hello friends!

In the training, Kyle put dots to seperate every word when writing the image title. Since then I still am confused about this. I feel kind of stupid to ask this but should I put "dots" to seperate every word? Ex: if my title is "floor barre exercises" should I write "floor.barre.exercises" instead?

Thank you for your help!

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JeffreyBrown Premium
I never noticed that--would be interested to know the answer!

Jeff
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timstime20 Premium
Good question
Tim
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greensail Premium
As below.
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
Hi AC,

I learned a very long time ago, that the only stupid question is the one that doesn't get asked. There are no stupid questions.

They should be dashes to separate each word.
Hope this helps.

Have a great weekend!
Barbara
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Timotheus Premium
I do dashes. Here's Matt Cutt when he was with Google to explain why - https://youtu.be/AQcSFsQyct8

Just to clarify, I do this for all my file names.
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Caruana Premium
Hey thnx for that. Ive always used underscore so today ive learned, underscore to join and dash to split. 👌
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ACPetronelli Premium
Thank you, that really helped! I have another question: do you use dashes only for image titles or also somewhere else, like in SEO post titles? or descriptins or alt texts? thanks for your experience and support?
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Ropesa Premium
Great share Timotheus.
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greensail Premium
Your SEO plugin should have an automatic default setting to separate your post titles.
Michael.
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Isaiah14 Premium
Hi AC,

The alt text is used for description for those who can't see the image, like readers who may be visually impaired, or few instances when the image fails to load - so for the alt tags, you can just type the text without the dashes.

If the image title is used as a hyperlink - then that's a different story. If spaces are there, like "city bikes for beginners", URL encoding will replace the space with to make it "city bikes for beginners". The hyperlink will still work, but I just add the dash in there (city-bikes-for-beginners) just to keep it friendlier.
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ACPetronelli Premium
Thank you very much!
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Timotheus Premium
You're welcome 😁You're
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Timotheus Premium
I use dashes in all file names - url, image file name, video file name, etc

Eg When a photo is taken, it can have a file name like DISC010120.jpg. After I edit the photo, I will rename the file to include keywords I have chosen. Then I upload it to my website.

For example if the keyword is - Best Places To Visit in Thimphu Bhutan, then the file name would be - Best-Places-to-Visit-in-Thimphu-Bhutan.jpg.

This is so that, as you have seen in Matt Cutt's video explanation, search bots can read the file name and understand that the image is about - Best Places To Visit in Thimphu Bhutan. And will rank my images accurately.

Do A Google search for - Best Places To Visit in Thimphu Bhutan - and you will see that I have many images from my website - https://asiatravelgems.com - ranked in 1st Page of Google Image Search.

I do the dashes for all file names. Eg url was - https://asiatravelgems.com/bhutan/best-places-to-visit-in-bhutan/

And video was Best-Places-to-Visit-in-Thimphu-Bhutan.mp4.

For description of the image or video, I will not use dashes. I will write it as - Best Places To Visit in Thimphu Bhutan. This is for the visually impaired or when people have setting on their browser to not load images.

More importantly, it is for search bots to further understand what the image or video is all about. Search bots are unable to see photos or videos. They only see '1's and' 0's. So when they encounter an image or video on our website, the file name and description help them to understand what it is all about. As a result, the search bots are to index and rank that image or video. Case in point - my images ranking 1st Page on Google.
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Timotheus Premium
Thanks! Glad you like it. 😁
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