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WordPress Permalinks SEO Question

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by majordude, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. majordude

    majordude Newbie

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    For SEO, does it matter if the link is:

    domain.com/category/post
    domain.com/post/
    domain.com/post
    domain.com/post.html

    :confused:
     
  2. bizcredit

    bizcredit Power Member

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    at LEAST have the postname.. i've done well for some keywords just using postname, category could help though
     
  3. justthinking

    justthinking BANNED BANNED

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    I agree with biz. I normally use category/postname, but at least use the post name.
     
  4. Erik

    Erik Regular Member

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    if you have a lot of categories,yes use them, if you have 4 or less, there really is no need.
     
  5. seoconsultant2005

    seoconsultant2005 Junior Member

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    how to configure permalinks in blog
     
  6. steveJD

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    Goto settings>permalinks then make custom permalinks and add this code for category and postname.

    Code:
    /%category%/%postname%/
    
     
  7. duca

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    As steveDj said, and don't forget to update your .htaccess file with:
    Code:
    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    # END WordPress
    or if your wordpress instalation is in folder (not root(, then:
    Code:
    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /foo/
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /foo/index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    # END WordPress
    Regards
     
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  8. skyfox

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    You should just be able to go into settings/permalinks, WP will take care of the rest... I've never had to manually edit my .htaccess for permalinks...
     
  9. idomo

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    Yeah, I normally use /%category%/%postname%/
     
  10. freudianslip27

    freudianslip27 Junior Member

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    You also want to be careful of URL Canonization. It has to do with having different linking structures on your blog and making sure they are all the same.

    This is the best guide i've found about it:

    Code:
    http://www.jimwestergren.com/wordpress-users-sharpen-your-urls-with-google/
     
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  11. majordude

    majordude Newbie

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    I've done both but I haven't done enough to see if there is a pattern.

    I kinda think that /%category%/%postname%/ could produce a "silo" structure which might be good as long as there aren't links to other categories or posts (in other categories).
     
  12. mike2000

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    domain.com/post is the best way to go.
    It is more SEO friendly
     
  13. Blackhat_Guru

    Blackhat_Guru Regular Member Premium Member

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    If you look at ezine articles.com, which is known to have one of the best silo structure, due to the number of categories it has.

    All they use is /%postname%=%postid%

    Search engines, figure out which category the post is located in.

    I personally use /%postname%.HareKrishna

    instead of /%postname%.html

    why .HareKrishna

    More people tend to bookmark pages ending with .HareKrishna, as long as their is NO porn, gambling, meat recipes or casual dating/whoring site. (or else you will get thumbs down on digg)

    Ive gotten a lot of thumbsup on my pages, that are clean.
     
  14. Blackhat_Guru

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    kigol Newbie

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    I've used this format with good results:

    /%category%/%postname%/