Say I have a site listing Academy Awards whose URLs were built using run-on words.
http://example.com/bestactress/2016 http://example.com/bestdirector/2016 http://example.com/bestpicture/2016
As a user, I would have preferred using hyphens for readability.
First, is there any reason (SEO or otherwise) to prefer the run-on forms? I wasn't around when these URLs were created or I would have pushed back, but maybe there's some logic to it that I'm missing.
Assuming the answer is no, is there any benefit beyond readability to changing the structure with 301 redirects from the old URLs and correct canonicals?
- Higher click-through from readability?
I would think a tiny amount at best.
- Better accuracy when searching for "best actress"?
I expect modern search engines handle this just fine.
- Better ranking?
Doubtful, but SEO is definitely not my expertise.
Our site luckily has only a handful of these run-on URLs, and fixing them correctly shouldn't require significant effort. In those cases, as long as there's no danger to do actual harm, I favor fixing it. But I realize I may be giving in to OCD pressure. :)