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[WP]Does using default permalink structure hurt SEO a lot?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Kaiser_Soze, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Kaiser_Soze

    Kaiser_Soze Junior Member

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    I've searched around, but couldn't find an answer accurate enough. Yoast recommends %post name%, but since WordPress won't allow me using another without getting an error, I have no option. I've read around, but it seems that I can not change the settings to %post name. So, how bad it is for my SEO?
     
  2. SmileAtmyWins

    SmileAtmyWins BANNED BANNED

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    Yes you can. Go to your back end dashboard panel. Scroll down to Settings and in the drop drown choose "permalinks". Then choose option number number 6: Custom Structure and after you save it will have updated your permalinks. Hope this helps.
     
  3. zoyaraymonds

    zoyaraymonds Regular Member

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    do like this...
    wordpress-permalinks.jpg
     
  4. Kaiser_Soze

    Kaiser_Soze Junior Member

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    Before you post more tips, guys :) on how to use the panel (I am not that noob), I will say that the links are broken and the only option that works is the custom one.
    I have tried the .htaccess method, the mod_rewrite method, but none of them helped. When I change the option to %postname the pages are messed up and unavailable by the webserver.
     
  5. SmartMan

    SmartMan BANNED BANNED

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    I guess your page URLs are like ?pageid=xxx. If yes, You lose some On-Site SEO benefits without using "inurl" on your page url.
     
  6. Kaiser_Soze

    Kaiser_Soze Junior Member

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    Yep. The default is ID. I will appreciate someone helping me with the issue then. The things I have tried do not resolve the dumb "page not found" problem. It is both focked up on my site and on my local machine, where I test stuff with WordPress. Activating the rewrite_module does not change anything.
     
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  7. twistedtrick

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    Is your .htaccess writeable? I had this problem once and that was the issue.
     
  8. Kaiser_Soze

    Kaiser_Soze Junior Member

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    Yep, it is totally writeable. Could you share the content of your .htaccess file?
     
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    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>


    # END WordPress
     
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  10. Hootz

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    Very strange, could it be your hosts settings somewhere? Have you tried enabling the custom permalink and then updating a post on the site manually afterwards?
     
  11. Kaiser_Soze

    Kaiser_Soze Junior Member

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    I confirm my .htaccess is the same as thetraveller's. I tried adding a new post and even a new page after changing to /%postname/, but it is still screwed up and 'notfound'.
     
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    http://www. shoutmeloud.com/how-to-change-your-wordpress-permalink-without-using-traffic-permalinks-migration-plugin.html