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How Google Treats Punctuation

How Google Treats Punctuation

Using punctuation in Google search results is the reason for constant misunderstanding and rumors. Meaningful punctuation, like the “#” in C#, hyphens and apostrophes can have a direct effect on how Google serves results, and ranks your site.

I have summarized both the confirmed data and webmasters’ observations I’ve been coming across in the table below:

Not ignored“Meaningful” punctuationC++ and C#
Boolean operatorsexact match“free online encyclopedia”
“exclude” the term (no space before the word it is related with) – don’t confuse with hyphendvd -player
“add” the term (no space)advanced +search
Money signsDVD player $400
Underscore symbol (treated as a letter)quick_sort
Advanced operators / shortcutscolon between two words (no spaces)site:google.com
Synonym search~apple
Partially ignored / undefined HyphenThe mixture of hyphenated, single-word and two-word spelling variations [air-condition] and [air condition]
Apostrophematts and matt’s and matts’
IgnoredAll the restCompare: apple, windows and apple windows and apple: windows and apple=windows

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