Are You Familiar with Word Press Permalink Settings?
As a Blogger, You Should be…
By default, Word Press will publish your posts in the following format unless you set up your Permalink Settings.
If you called the title of your post “Permalink Settings”, the link would still look like the default one above. This is NOT the best way to build your blog for search engine optimization.
You would rather your post be called http://yourdomain.com/permalink-settings instead.
Word Press gives you several options below, but again none of them are optimized for the search engines.
Day and Time http://yourdomain.com/2009/12/05/sample-post/
Month and Name http://yourdomain.com/2009/12/sample-post/
There is a final option called “Custom Structure”. This is the option that you want to choose. This option will enable the title of each post to act as the permalink instead of a number. In the empty text field simply enter /%postname%/ beside Custom Structure.
Instructions: To locate your Permalink Settings follow the instructions below.
- Login to your WordPress Dashboard
- Click on Settings > Permalinks
- Locate “Custom Structure” > Enter the following into the empty text field /%postname%/
- Click Update Permalinks
IMPORTANT: If your blog is brand new or never been advertised you should thank your lucky stars that you got this information before you starting posting a lot of content.
If your blog has a lot of content already…you have a BIG decision to make. Do you continue advertising your existing links or do you change them to be search engine friendly?
There is a plugin called “Redirection” that you could install and redirect all of your old links that you are advertising to the newly ‘optimized’ addresses.
Work Smarter, Play Harder!
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