How To Create Your Permalink Structure More User And SEO-friendly

Posted in HowTos, WordPress • Posted on 52 Comments

title-permalink Okay, this time it will be just a small tip, I see many people do not know about. I must say this tip is for WordPress blog users, I don’t know what kind of system is in other blogs.

So what am I talking about??
Every WordPress blog user should use and customize their permalink structure. What permalink means and stand for? Permalinks are the permanent URLs to Your individual blog posts, categories, archives and others. It is URL that follows after Your web site address for example I use (example.com as web site front page address) – example.com/follows-permalink-address. You see?

This is default address to blog posts after installing WordPress blog – http://example.com/?p=123, WordPress calls this “Ugly” link and I cannot agree more :)

Whole reason I write this short article, because I see so many blogs using this default ugly link. Why people call this about ugly link?  Actually it’s because this link is very unfriendly to the search engines – one of the most important criteria to the search engine spider is file name – do not to waste this SEO friendly factor. You see permalink address like ?p=123 do not say anything about Your post. Okay, now maybe You agree, You should use SEO friendly permalink so I will go ahead and answer to the next question – How to implement it?

Ugly permalink – http://example.com/?p=123

Pretty permalink – http://example.com/category/post-name/ or  http://example.com/year/month/day/post-name

You can change permalink settings in Your admin panel  Settings–>Permalinks. If Your settings are default I suggest and recommend to change  it to  – /%category%/%postname%/

Do this in every blog when You are starting out. Now Your address to post will be – much better indeed?

permalink

Huh, but what You can do if You’re using default settings and have many posts already?

You have all these links in search engines, trackbacks, pingbacks and social bookmarking sites – permalink change would seriously crash and broke all links out there. If You are in this situation there is actually one thing to do, I’ll explain things later.

Take these steps then in following order:

1. Download and install Permalink Migration plugin

2. Unzip it, drop it in wp-content/plugins folder and activate it;

3. Now go to admin panel->options->PermalinksMigration

4. And then set the old, default permalink structure of your site in the form.

5. Now go to Your admin panel  Settings–>Permalinks. Now change  it to  – /%category%/%postname%/

Permalink Migration plugin – “With this plugin, you can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your web site,and even doesn’t affect your search engine rankings.” It’s called 301 Redirect, also known as a permanent redirect. For alternative You can also check out this Redirection plugin with more options.

Now  instead of hitting 404 error page, user will be automatically redirected to Your new structure URL in moments and search engine spiders also will find new links faster and change it! Nice one! Also You can use redirection plugin if You are migrating pages from other web site, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation. I hope this will help – now You have much more SEO-friendly permalink structure!

If You have any tips, questions, feel free to ask, also consider to visit WordPress Codex – Using Permalinks, You’ll find more options how to change Your permalinks using different tags like –  %year%, %monthnum%, %day%, %hour%, %minute%, %second% and much more detailed explanation.

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52 Comments Best Comments First
  • Mike

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 14:21

    27

    I have made many experiment with this structure, but i like complete title in posts as url and category also for SEO purpose

    0
  • Sherry

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 06:50

    17

    thank you for the info I able to change it :)

    Sherrys last blog post : Natural Bar Soap

    0
  • Teddy

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 09:46

    16

    Question about the following:

    “4. And then set the old, default permalink structure of your site in the form.”

    What is the ‘default structure’?

    0
  • John

    Monday, March 9th, 2009 21:22

    15

    For some reason when i changed my permalink settings to custom, all my posts lead to a 404 error. can someone help me out on this one? thanks!

    0
  • theCount

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 01:01

    21

    A positive side effect of doing this at the beginning of every wp install is that it creates a .htaccess file in your root, this is an essential file for a good wp installation and can be used for more than just redirecting links, you can configure server side functions (for example forcing host/ISP php/mySQL 5 to be used)

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 01:54

      20

      @theCount good addition, I didn’t know that, thanks!

      0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 00:37

    1

    @Selene oh, You really cheered me up – this is one coincidence, and I am happy this article helped to You! I’ll be thankful if You pass this link further! Thanks for good words!

    0
  • Rakesh Solanki

    Saturday, March 6th, 2010 21:57

    25

    Thanks for suggesting best permalink for wordpress. May be i will try this one in future.

    0
  • vinoth

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 12:38

    24

    Thanks for this.. but i want know how this permalink is used in my php type website other then wordpress

    Help me
    thanks

    0
  • Ben Druce

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 12:21

    22

    What happens if I’ve already changed permalink structure without using the migration plugin?
    I’m pretty annoyed because my Google ranking has dropped off the map.
    Any suggestions I’d be grateful.

    0
  • ezra

    Saturday, September 19th, 2009 00:21

    23

    i using /%category%/%postname%.html

    0
  • JCarlosMC

    Friday, February 6th, 2009 00:40

    14

    Thanks, thanks,thans ….from spain.

    JCarlosMCs last blog post : “Mala vida”…Mano Negra

    0
  • Alexandre

    Saturday, January 17th, 2009 17:33

    13

    Wonderfull !
    exactly what i needed
    It’s work perfectly
    thanks !

    Alexandres last blog post : Résaux à vendre

    0
  • Selene M. Bowlby

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 00:29

    5

    No kidding! I literally just changed from date based permalinks to /category/postname/ structure this morning. With the Permalink Redirect and Permalink Migration plugin, it went off without a hitch!

    My problem was I changed a few postname title url’s too which I needed to use the Redirection plugin to fix.

    Great info here – I know a few people thinking of changing their permalink structure… I’ll be passing this link onto them!

    Selene M. Bowlbys last blog post : Guest Post on Freelance Folder – 10 SEO Techniques All Top Web Sites Should Use

    0
  • Chris Ritke

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 03:31

    4

    Hum. I built my own blogging engine and must admit that I defaulted to the /?b=xxx url scheme. Mainly because it’s simple to implement. I see a lot of the url schemes you’re advocating here and agree that they are prettier. But I’m just not convinced that it’s going to make a difference for SEO. You’re just saying it’s better. I’d like to understand why.

    That said – I’m going to go into the code tonight and add in the prettier scheme – and do the redirecting as you suggested. Thanks for the nudge!

    Chris Ritkes last blog post : Where’s the Gantt Chart?

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 01:32

    3

    @Brian oh, thanks – corrected spelling :) my bad.

    0
  • Brian

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 00:43

    2

    Criterions?

    Brians last blog post : Gaming the tubes

    0
  • Brian Yerkes

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 01:47

    6

    Nice article! I am thinking about doing exactly what Selene did, using categories/postname. Right now I have simply /postname..

    This will come in handy when I get round to doing this! Thanks Dainis!

    Brian Yerkess last blog post : Bayfront Bistro Logo Design Signage

    0
  • Ricks

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 02:41

    7

    Had no idea about this, well found and thanks for sharing!

    Rickss last blog post : Man Eater

    0
  • Daniel Richard

    Thursday, November 13th, 2008 07:17

    12

    The permalink migration plugin is what I should have installed over on my other blog prior to the change in the permalink structure! But that was a way good find which other WP users will find very useful! :)

    Daniel Richards last blog post : 10 Things: Absolute Coolness That You Can Believe In To Make Your Blog Super Awesome!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Thursday, November 13th, 2008 01:27

    11

    @Brian oh, do so, maybe it’ll help :)
    @Ricks that’s great, if ou have any problems, just ask :)

    @Chris if You don’t believe me just read WordPress Codex link and search for SEO.

    @Angie thanks for the tip! :)

    @Tom yeah, I do it to hopefully help those people, who don’t know this tip..:)

    0
  • Danh ba web 2.0

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 13:53

    10

    Thanks for great post. It’s very useful !

    Danh ba web 2.0s last blog post : Top những mạng Social Media hàng đầu hiện nay

    0
  • Angie Bowen

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 04:05

    8

    Really nice article! For anyone considering using category/postname who also has a tendency to assign posts multiple categories, make sure you put something in place to counter wordpress’ tendency to create multiple addresses for the same post. I started out using category/postname and quickly switched to postname only.

    Angie Bowens last blog post : The Twittering! A Closer Look at the Social Media Giant

    0
  • Tom Ross

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 05:49

    9

    I was aware of this tip already, but I know that a lot of people aren’t. It’s well worth doing.

    Tom Rosss last blog post : Daily Image Inspiration #9

    0
  • Technology Design

    Saturday, March 6th, 2010 23:56

    26

    What’s the buzz of adding .html after postname in the permalink structure.

    0
  • Kaushik

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 15:08

    28

    Hey thanks for sharing this. I am looking to optimize my blog to seo friendly.

    0
  • Kathie

    Monday, November 14th, 2011 08:52

    45

    If you are writing a news site like latest news and trends then use yeay/month/date structure as it gives to idea to search engine and readers. And if you are writing a tutorial blog then use category/post name structure as it gives good idea to search engine and visitors as well.

    0
  • IGnatius T Foobar

    Monday, September 26th, 2011 18:15

    44

    This is a bad practice on the search engines’ part and I think they should change it.

    0
  • Brian

    Monday, July 25th, 2011 10:51

    43

    Great Article and very helpful. Thanks

    0
  • Viagra

    Friday, June 24th, 2011 08:11

    42

    I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work

    0
  • Ajnabii

    Sunday, November 27th, 2011 04:46

    46

    you helped me alot, now my blog URL are nice :) i was confused by defualt wordpress permalink structure and now after reading your post, all links are seo friendly keeep writing good post i have bookmarked you blog.

    Thanks alot.

    0
  • Yodi

    Monday, December 5th, 2011 18:09

    47

    short and exactly what I was looking – now yourstoryclub.com, that’s me, will appear prettier :-)

    0
  • Satz

    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 16:05

    52

    Seems like google crawls more .html contents.
    Try this:
    Go to wordpress permalinks > custom structure > and add %postname%.html

    So now your links will be in this format:

    instead of
    http://www.one.com/?p=123

    Cool huh:)

    0
  • Subbu

    Monday, April 2nd, 2012 14:47

    51

    Thanks for the post. Just wondering why has wordpress made something “ugly” as the default. I have hundreds of blogs with these ugly permalinks – these probably want to have a meaningful link structure but do not know how to configure it. Btw thanks.

    0
  • Shubham Pandey

    Monday, March 26th, 2012 06:01

    50

    Thanks for providing that useful information…

    0
  • Jeremy

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 05:29

    48

    Thanks for this great plugin but I was curious after I activate the plugin and change the permalinks structure, all post is “not found” under “%category%/%postname%/”… something is missing

    0
  • Rosendo Cuyasen

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 06:14

    49

    This simple tips are useful to newbie wordpress developers. Applying this permalink will enable search engine to prioritize your links into their SERP..

    0
  • Kashyap

    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 08:03

    41

    Thank you for sharing great seo help. But can i add more than one categories to the post? And also i want to know that if i add more than one categories to the post, then all categories are added into permalink. Please help me. Thank you.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 10:30

      40

      Hi, at 1stwebdesigner we add posts to two or more categories and it doesn’t seem to affect the permalink at all.

      0
  • sam

    Thursday, August 26th, 2010 14:12

    33

    Thanks for this.. but i want know how this permalink is used in my php type website other then wordpress Good guidance for creating user and seo friendly permalink structure, thank you very much, Great post.

    0
  • Phil

    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 14:12

    32

    Great post! Great work in this. I see a lot of the ruler schemes you’re advocating here and agree that they are prettier. Nice article! I am thinking about doing exactly . I am happy this article helped to You! Thank you.

    0
  • Nick

    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 17:03

    31

    Thanks for suggesting best permalink for wordpress. Nice article! I am thinking about doing exactly …..It’s very useful !…

    thanks………..

    0
  • Compare

    Monday, June 14th, 2010 23:04

    29

    It seems everyone is still hung up on “pretty” mod re-written urls for seo purposes. Yeah they look nice enough, but they dont matter too much anymore. Infact, it’s a very difficult thing to alter if you end up over-optimizing your pages.

    Best to only remove the ? and = from URLs instead of filling them with keywords

    0
  • task60

    Sunday, June 27th, 2010 23:25

    30

    great job congrulations ;)

    0
  • Marzuki

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 12:35

    34

    Powerful tips, thanks.

    0
  • Kavita

    Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 09:16

    35

    I use month and name. I do not like using category in permalinks because than you have absolutely no choice of shifting a particular post from category to another category later

    0
  • Zend

    Friday, May 6th, 2011 18:54

    39

    Thanks Dainis. Obviously this works for SEO since you were #1 when I looked up permalinks :) I will use your techniques on my new site and refer back to you when I need some more tips. Keep em’ coming!

    0
  • Anggity

    Friday, May 6th, 2011 01:56

    37

    How long each post page to fit with the new permalink?? is there any plugin other than Permalink Migration plugin to move permalink

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Friday, May 6th, 2011 11:16

      38

      Hi, this might help you with permalink redirection:

      0
  • Michael

    Monday, January 24th, 2011 19:08

    36

    Great help, and useful information :-) Thx

    -1
  • Stop Dreaming Start Action

    Friday, June 26th, 2009 18:40

    18

    For me I like to use the .htm ending.. so it will be like this %postname%.htm or html.. look like static page..

    Stop Dreaming Start Actions last blog post : Follow Your Dream

    -1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Saturday, June 27th, 2009 16:41

      19

      @Stop Dreaming Start Action is it a better way? why you need it to look like static page?

      0
  • Satz

    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 16:05

    52

    Seems like google crawls more .html contents.
    Try this:
    Go to wordpress permalinks > custom structure > and add %postname%.html

    So now your links will be in this format:

    instead of
    http://www.one.com/?p=123

    Cool huh:)

    0
  • Subbu

    Monday, April 2nd, 2012 14:47

    51

    Thanks for the post. Just wondering why has wordpress made something “ugly” as the default. I have hundreds of blogs with these ugly permalinks – these probably want to have a meaningful link structure but do not know how to configure it. Btw thanks.

    0
  • Shubham Pandey

    Monday, March 26th, 2012 06:01

    50

    Thanks for providing that useful information…

    0
  • Rosendo Cuyasen

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 06:14

    49

    This simple tips are useful to newbie wordpress developers. Applying this permalink will enable search engine to prioritize your links into their SERP..

    0
  • Jeremy

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 05:29

    48

    Thanks for this great plugin but I was curious after I activate the plugin and change the permalinks structure, all post is “not found” under “%category%/%postname%/”… something is missing

    0
  • Yodi

    Monday, December 5th, 2011 18:09

    47

    short and exactly what I was looking – now yourstoryclub.com, that’s me, will appear prettier :-)

    0
  • Ajnabii

    Sunday, November 27th, 2011 04:46

    46

    you helped me alot, now my blog URL are nice :) i was confused by defualt wordpress permalink structure and now after reading your post, all links are seo friendly keeep writing good post i have bookmarked you blog.

    Thanks alot.

    0
  • Kathie

    Monday, November 14th, 2011 08:52

    45

    If you are writing a news site like latest news and trends then use yeay/month/date structure as it gives to idea to search engine and readers. And if you are writing a tutorial blog then use category/post name structure as it gives good idea to search engine and visitors as well.

    0
  • IGnatius T Foobar

    Monday, September 26th, 2011 18:15

    44

    This is a bad practice on the search engines’ part and I think they should change it.

    0
  • Brian

    Monday, July 25th, 2011 10:51

    43

    Great Article and very helpful. Thanks

    0
  • Viagra

    Friday, June 24th, 2011 08:11

    42

    I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work

    0
  • Kashyap

    Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 08:03

    41

    Thank you for sharing great seo help. But can i add more than one categories to the post? And also i want to know that if i add more than one categories to the post, then all categories are added into permalink. Please help me. Thank you.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 10:30

      40

      Hi, at 1stwebdesigner we add posts to two or more categories and it doesn’t seem to affect the permalink at all.

      0
  • Zend

    Friday, May 6th, 2011 18:54

    39

    Thanks Dainis. Obviously this works for SEO since you were #1 when I looked up permalinks :) I will use your techniques on my new site and refer back to you when I need some more tips. Keep em’ coming!

    0
  • Anggity

    Friday, May 6th, 2011 01:56

    37

    How long each post page to fit with the new permalink?? is there any plugin other than Permalink Migration plugin to move permalink

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Friday, May 6th, 2011 11:16

      38

      Hi, this might help you with permalink redirection:

      0
  • Michael

    Monday, January 24th, 2011 19:08

    36

    Great help, and useful information :-) Thx

    -1
  • Kavita

    Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 09:16

    35

    I use month and name. I do not like using category in permalinks because than you have absolutely no choice of shifting a particular post from category to another category later

    0
  • Marzuki

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 12:35

    34

    Powerful tips, thanks.

    0
  • sam

    Thursday, August 26th, 2010 14:12

    33

    Thanks for this.. but i want know how this permalink is used in my php type website other then wordpress Good guidance for creating user and seo friendly permalink structure, thank you very much, Great post.

    0
  • Phil

    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 14:12

    32

    Great post! Great work in this. I see a lot of the ruler schemes you’re advocating here and agree that they are prettier. Nice article! I am thinking about doing exactly . I am happy this article helped to You! Thank you.

    0
  • Nick

    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 17:03

    31

    Thanks for suggesting best permalink for wordpress. Nice article! I am thinking about doing exactly …..It’s very useful !…

    thanks………..

    0
  • task60

    Sunday, June 27th, 2010 23:25

    30

    great job congrulations ;)

    0
  • Compare

    Monday, June 14th, 2010 23:04

    29

    It seems everyone is still hung up on “pretty” mod re-written urls for seo purposes. Yeah they look nice enough, but they dont matter too much anymore. Infact, it’s a very difficult thing to alter if you end up over-optimizing your pages.

    Best to only remove the ? and = from URLs instead of filling them with keywords

    0
  • Kaushik

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010 15:08

    28

    Hey thanks for sharing this. I am looking to optimize my blog to seo friendly.

    0
  • Mike

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 14:21

    27

    I have made many experiment with this structure, but i like complete title in posts as url and category also for SEO purpose

    0
  • Technology Design

    Saturday, March 6th, 2010 23:56

    26

    What’s the buzz of adding .html after postname in the permalink structure.

    0
  • Rakesh Solanki

    Saturday, March 6th, 2010 21:57

    25

    Thanks for suggesting best permalink for wordpress. May be i will try this one in future.

    0
  • vinoth

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 12:38

    24

    Thanks for this.. but i want know how this permalink is used in my php type website other then wordpress

    Help me
    thanks

    0
  • ezra

    Saturday, September 19th, 2009 00:21

    23

    i using /%category%/%postname%.html

    0
  • Ben Druce

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 12:21

    22

    What happens if I’ve already changed permalink structure without using the migration plugin?
    I’m pretty annoyed because my Google ranking has dropped off the map.
    Any suggestions I’d be grateful.

    0
  • theCount

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 01:01

    21

    A positive side effect of doing this at the beginning of every wp install is that it creates a .htaccess file in your root, this is an essential file for a good wp installation and can be used for more than just redirecting links, you can configure server side functions (for example forcing host/ISP php/mySQL 5 to be used)

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 01:54

      20

      @theCount good addition, I didn’t know that, thanks!

      0
  • Stop Dreaming Start Action

    Friday, June 26th, 2009 18:40

    18

    For me I like to use the .htm ending.. so it will be like this %postname%.htm or html.. look like static page..

    Stop Dreaming Start Actions last blog post : Follow Your Dream

    -1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Saturday, June 27th, 2009 16:41

      19

      @Stop Dreaming Start Action is it a better way? why you need it to look like static page?

      0
  • Sherry

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 06:50

    17

    thank you for the info I able to change it :)

    Sherrys last blog post : Natural Bar Soap

    0
  • Teddy

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 09:46

    16

    Question about the following:

    “4. And then set the old, default permalink structure of your site in the form.”

    What is the ‘default structure’?

    0
  • John

    Monday, March 9th, 2009 21:22

    15

    For some reason when i changed my permalink settings to custom, all my posts lead to a 404 error. can someone help me out on this one? thanks!

    0
  • JCarlosMC

    Friday, February 6th, 2009 00:40

    14

    Thanks, thanks,thans ….from spain.

    JCarlosMCs last blog post : “Mala vida”…Mano Negra

    0
  • Alexandre

    Saturday, January 17th, 2009 17:33

    13

    Wonderfull !
    exactly what i needed
    It’s work perfectly
    thanks !

    Alexandres last blog post : Résaux à vendre

    0
  • Daniel Richard

    Thursday, November 13th, 2008 07:17

    12

    The permalink migration plugin is what I should have installed over on my other blog prior to the change in the permalink structure! But that was a way good find which other WP users will find very useful! :)

    Daniel Richards last blog post : 10 Things: Absolute Coolness That You Can Believe In To Make Your Blog Super Awesome!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Thursday, November 13th, 2008 01:27

    11

    @Brian oh, do so, maybe it’ll help :)
    @Ricks that’s great, if ou have any problems, just ask :)

    @Chris if You don’t believe me just read WordPress Codex link and search for SEO.

    @Angie thanks for the tip! :)

    @Tom yeah, I do it to hopefully help those people, who don’t know this tip..:)

    0
  • Danh ba web 2.0

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 13:53

    10

    Thanks for great post. It’s very useful !

    Danh ba web 2.0s last blog post : Top những mạng Social Media hàng đầu hiện nay

    0
  • Tom Ross

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 05:49

    9

    I was aware of this tip already, but I know that a lot of people aren’t. It’s well worth doing.

    Tom Rosss last blog post : Daily Image Inspiration #9

    0
  • Angie Bowen

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 04:05

    8

    Really nice article! For anyone considering using category/postname who also has a tendency to assign posts multiple categories, make sure you put something in place to counter wordpress’ tendency to create multiple addresses for the same post. I started out using category/postname and quickly switched to postname only.

    Angie Bowens last blog post : The Twittering! A Closer Look at the Social Media Giant

    0
  • Ricks

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 02:41

    7

    Had no idea about this, well found and thanks for sharing!

    Rickss last blog post : Man Eater

    0
  • Brian Yerkes

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 01:47

    6

    Nice article! I am thinking about doing exactly what Selene did, using categories/postname. Right now I have simply /postname..

    This will come in handy when I get round to doing this! Thanks Dainis!

    Brian Yerkess last blog post : Bayfront Bistro Logo Design Signage

    0
  • Selene M. Bowlby

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 00:29

    5

    No kidding! I literally just changed from date based permalinks to /category/postname/ structure this morning. With the Permalink Redirect and Permalink Migration plugin, it went off without a hitch!

    My problem was I changed a few postname title url’s too which I needed to use the Redirection plugin to fix.

    Great info here – I know a few people thinking of changing their permalink structure… I’ll be passing this link onto them!

    Selene M. Bowlbys last blog post : Guest Post on Freelance Folder – 10 SEO Techniques All Top Web Sites Should Use

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  • Chris Ritke

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 03:31

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    Hum. I built my own blogging engine and must admit that I defaulted to the /?b=xxx url scheme. Mainly because it’s simple to implement. I see a lot of the url schemes you’re advocating here and agree that they are prettier. But I’m just not convinced that it’s going to make a difference for SEO. You’re just saying it’s better. I’d like to understand why.

    That said – I’m going to go into the code tonight and add in the prettier scheme – and do the redirecting as you suggested. Thanks for the nudge!

    Chris Ritkes last blog post : Where’s the Gantt Chart?

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 01:32

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    @Brian oh, thanks – corrected spelling :) my bad.

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  • Brian

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 00:43

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    Criterions?

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  • Dainis Graveris

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 00:37

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    @Selene oh, You really cheered me up – this is one coincidence, and I am happy this article helped to You! I’ll be thankful if You pass this link further! Thanks for good words!

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