Permalinks for SEO
Here’s a simple way to get custom permalinks for SEO and avoid 404 error pages on WordPress. This is guaranteed to work because I just did this as of July 13th, 2011. Go into your WordPress Admin Area>Settings>Permalinks
You will have 5 options once you’re in the permalinks section of WordPress:
2.Day and Name
3.Month and Name
Choose the custom structure and type: /%postname%/
Now ALL your permalinks will automatically change to http://www.yourdomain.com/postname (Example: http://read2learn.net/permalinks). This is a much cleaner permalink structure than the default setting, and this will improve your search engine optimization.
Keep in mind that search engines have already indexed your pages with your old permalink structure, so you will have to redirect these indexed pages. If you do not redirect your website, then people that click on your old links from search engines, twitter, or bookmarking sites will get a 404 error because that link will no longer exist.
The best wordpress plugin to fix this problem is called “Permalink Finder.” Install this plugin, activate it, and save the default settings as they are. The only part you should adjust is the “Track 404 and Redirects.” This section will allow you to track up to 30 hits to your website to make sure the pages are redirecting. Check out the plugin and let me know what you think. If you have any questions, then leave a comment or send me an email.
To your internet success,