WordPress Permalink SEO

WordPress Permalink SEO

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WordPress Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to link to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. The URL to each post should be permanent, and never change — hence permalink.

This is the default WordPress Permalinks Structure:

http://wordpressation.com/?p=12

Why you shouldn’t use the default WordPress Permalinks?

  • It’s very UGLY!
  • It’s not SEO friendly.

How to change WordPress Permalinks to get WordPress Permalink SEO Friendly?

wordpress permalinks

  • Go to Settings -> Permalinks
  • You ‘ll find 6 types of WordPress Permalinks structure
    • Default
    • Day and name
    • Month and name
    • Numeric
    • Post name
    • Default
    • Custom Structure
  • Play with the first five options, But what we are interested in is the Last option: Custom Structure

What is the best WordPress Permalink SEO?

The best WordPress Permalink SEO is like this

yoursite_url/category_name/post_name

So how could we get WordPress Permalink SEO Friendly?

  • choose Custom Structure Then copy and paste the following codes:
/%category%/%postname%/


WordPress Permalinks

This will show the category name then the post name in WordPress Permalinks.

  • If you want a completely static version then use the version below
/%category%/%postname%.html

[notification type="alert"]Note! We don’t recommend making your WordPress Permalinks with the static version.[/notification]
And That’s it, Now you have the best WordPress Permalink SEO Friendly.

Other Structures

The above structure is the best WordPress Permalink SEO Friendly, But if you want you can use any combination of the these structures:

  • %year% The year of the post, four digits, for example 2000
  • %monthnum% Month of the year, for example 08
  • %day% Day of the month, for example 15
  • %hour% Hour of the day, for example 15
  • %minute% Minute of the hour, for example 43
  • %second% Second of the minute, for example 33
  • %postname% The Post Title
  • %post_id% The Post ID
  • %category% The Post’s Category
  • %author% The Post Author

For more information you can read the WordPress Permalinks Codex.

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4 thoughts on “ WordPress Permalink SEO

  1. CJ Reply

    This is helpful, but where can I get more information? I’m using the responsive theme called Responsive. I set the permalinks to the post-name structure, and then I modified my .htaccess file with the information given. But, when I click on the links to go to the pages I created, they don’t exist – Error 404.
    What else do I need to do? Thanks

  2. Mohammed Yahia Reply

    This is useful when talking about posts, but it is not so when talking about categories.

    There is no option to add a permalink to categories, so you must use a plugin called “custom permalink”

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