Permalinks For Wordpress Question

by Emoney
12 replies
Hiya warriors,

Do certain type of permalinks work better for search engines than other?

Because you can customize permalinks to just show it like this:
mydomain.com/sample-blog-post-here/

Would that be better? (i.e. make a blog look more static)
#permalinks #question #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Davion Wong
    Go for customized link and insert /%postname%/. This will change the link of your post to mydomain.com/sample-blog-post-here/

    This will make it more SEO friendly. A link that is too deep is no good, for example, http://XXXX.com/2009/3/sample-blog-post-here
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  • Profile picture of the author Emoney
    Thanks Davion Wong,

    so you do recommend I do that then? Does anyone else do this with their blogs?
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  • Profile picture of the author Davion Wong
    Hi, doing so is better for the search engine spiders to find you. You can experiment on 2 different blogs, one with a permalink that is mydomain.com/sample-blog-post-here/ and the other mydomain.com/2009/03/sample-blog-post-here

    If you look at my personal blog, you will get my point as I have used my blog to rank for quite a number of products. Take "Google Manipulator", "Ebay Crusher", "Comment Hut", etc, you will find my blog posts there.
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  • Profile picture of the author L.G. Carter
    Because you can customize permalinks to just show it like this:
    mydomain.com/sample-blog-post-here/
    From my experience this is one of the greatest advantages of Wordpress and using this is a must.
    Also you can manually edit the link, for example instead of

    myblog.com/how-to-write-great-articles-for-articles-directory

    you can change it to

    myblog.com/articles-writing (or your keyword)

    The point is to have the link as similar as possible with your keyword.

    Carter
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Davion has a good tip. However, if you have more then one category and that category happens to be a keyword you'll want to use the following.
    /%category%/%postname%/

    All my blogs use that permalink structure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      Davion has a good tip. However, if you have more then one category and that category happens to be a keyword you'll want to use the following.
      /%category%/%postname%/

      All my blogs use that permalink structure.
      This is the structure I have been using, too and it works well.

      Originally Posted by JamesFraze

      Do not categorize something with more than 1 category (duplicate content)
      I never actually thought about that!! I will keep an eye on that from now on. Thanks for that tip James.
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  • Profile picture of the author artsub
    Thanks Rus Sells . Very Useful
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesFraze
      RE: Using Permalinks WordPress Codex


      I do it like this:
      /%category%/%post_id%-%postname%.html

      For SEO:
      1. Do not categorize something with more than 1 category (duplicate content)
      2. Make sure postnames are unique (%post_id% forces absolutely unique links)
      3. Use phrases as categories, not words: "Florida DUI Attorney", not "Attornies"
      4. do not change structure on an established site - you'll lose all of your traffic so far
      5. If you do change, use 301 redirects from your old pages to new.

      I use .html at the end of a postname because I don't want thousands of directories all over my site, I instead want it to look like a static site that gets frequent updates, not a generated or scripted site. I don't think having directories are wrong, I just don't do it that way.

      The main advantage of having permanlinks like this is so you can get key phrases in links when other people link to you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
        Originally Posted by JamesFraze View Post

        I use .html at the end of a postname because I don't want thousands of directories all over my site, I instead want it to look like a static site that gets frequent updates, not a generated or scripted site. I don't think having directories are wrong, I just don't do it that way.

        The main advantage of having permanlinks like this is so you can get key phrases in links when other people link to you.
        Hi James

        Just curious - how big a difference has adding the .html to your posts made, in terms of SEO?
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  • Profile picture of the author Emoney
    ok I changed my structure to /%postname%/ for simplicy purposes.

    I noticed my indexed pages on google dropped a couple of pages,
    will they go back up?
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