Ninja SEO trick!
You’re probably familiar with the wordpress permalink structure showing some sort of date on the url, right? Something like this:
If you know a little bit about SEO, you know that the first place search engines look for keywords is in the domain url. As we see in the example above, 2009/07/10 is not a keyword anybody but a horoscope writer would target.
So, how can you change that silly date insertion to a more interesting, SEO-friendly url?
Changing your Permalink Structure
A permalink is the address given to a blog post, which is an abbreviation for “permanent link”. They are permanent because unlike your main domain url, which changes as you write new posts, the url on your permalinks remain the same. Therefore their importance for SEO.
To make changes to your blog’s permalink structure, follow these instructions:
- Log into your admin area (blogdomain.con/wp-admin)
- Scroll down to Settings >> Permalinks
At that point, you’ll see some WordPress suggestions like these:
You don’t want to use any of these. Instead, at the bottom, where you see “Custom Structure”, enter this code:
Your configuration should look something like this:
What happens now?
WordPress will use the categories you determine for each post as part of the permalink url, which will include (hopefully) more relevant keywords to your url.
After you’ve finished, your permalink will look like this:
The Difficult Part?
So far, all you had to do was enter a half-a-line code to your wordpress admin area. That was ridicuosly easy.
The part that actually requires some thinking is determining which Categories suit your blog best.
For that, I highly recommend an extensive keyword research.
Make sure your categories:
- are relevant to your content,
- have decent traffic volume,
- are generic enough to hold more than one or two posts.
The key with categories is that they’re not TAGS, but more like umbrellas from where your tags will come out.
After a week of updating all of the permalinks, I experienced a better indexation for most of the keywords within my categories, and an overall blog traffic increase of 20-25%.
It’s definitely worth it.