How To Change Permalinks In WordPress

How Do We Change Permalinks in WordPress?  Increase Your SEO Traffic With One Easy Step….

 

Change Your Permalinks In WordPress

Permalinks are very important for Search Engine Optimization, so you want them to be as SEO friendly as you can. It’s funny, I have come across some ” BIG time marketers” or “Gurus” like some like to call them that have wordpress blogs yet don’t take advantage of this easy little step! So be sure to take the time to do this yourself.

What are permalinks?

Permalinks is short for permanent links.  Permanent links are links that point to your individual blog posts and pages. By default on wordpress these links looks something like this:  http://nicoleacosta.com/?p=571

Can you tell what this post is about just by looking at this link?  For all you know it could be a link to something you are not at all interested in, or worse…to some never ending page of MUST BUY now to some product o system that they are trying to sell you!

But by taking the time to change your permalink settings, that same link will look like this: http://nicoleacosta.com/how-to-change-permalinks-in-wordpress

Why Should You Change Your Permalinks?

With that link everyone knows what it is all about.  But most importantly, so do the search engines and bots that scan behind the scenes searching for keywords to send people to the right spots!

After all, that is what you are wanting, right?  For your hard work to be seen and shared with others.  Make it as easy as possible.  That is one of my main focuses in everything I do in my life; online and offline!  The easier the better for all of us.

How Do You Change Them?

I thought you’d never ask!

First you need to log into your wordpess admin area. On the left side under the Dashboard you will see an option for Settings“. Once you click on it, it will open up and you’ll see more choices in blue text.

Look for the the option called “Permalinks” , click on it and you will be taken to a section of your blog that will allow you to change your permalink settings.

On this page, you will be able to see a default option that’s selected right now as well as several other common options. All of these options are usually popular with bloggers, but not often a good choice for a content site. Many leave this alone, but as I told you above, it’s better to change it for the purpose of SEO.

I prefer to have the title of my post be the name of my link. I either use it by itself like I am doing on this blog here (not that the file name is simply “/how-to-change-permalinks-in-wordpress/” or with an html extension (in which case my url would become /how-to-change-permalinks-in-wordpress.html ).

Note: Either option is fine. I usually have the first one without the .html, again for simplicity!

So, here’s how the permalink settings area looks like when you first log in:

All you need to do is click on the radio button next to “Custom Structure” to highlight it, then hover over the empty white box on the other side and type in ONE of these:

/%postname%

/%postname%.html

So it looks like this:

Last but not least, click on “Save Changes” and you’re all done.

Easy Peasy!  At least I hope it will be for you now.

Your friend,


5 comments on “How To Change Permalinks In WordPress

  1. I prefer your option of postname too, Nicole. I avoid using a date format as I do not want to make my older posts seem out of date to readers and to search engines.

    I have, however, recently read that using some sort of number before the post name is good for website loading time. This does not have to be a date of course, you could use the numberic sequence plus post name.
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