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Changing ONE Permalink (SEO Question) (3 posts)

  1. hellomatt
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey everyone,

    I'm wondering if you can help me with changing just one permalink. I mistakenly did not target/optimize the post slug for a keyword.

    The problem is, I am getting traffic for this post (but not as much as I could). I am afraid that if I change the permalink it will result in a 404, take some visitors away, and maybe even upset google (?).

    Is there a way to change this one permalink without causing any trouble?

  2. alchymyth
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    reading this article helped me once:
    http://www.tamingthebeast.net/articles3/spiders-301-redirect.htm

    read it and use it at your own risk ;-)

  3. hellomatt
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks alchymyth. I'm familiar with using a 301 redirect. I'm really confused though, because my post content is great. My title is great. But the slug/permalink is bad.

    I thought of just creating another post using the same content and a "right" slug/permalink but I'm concerned about duplicate content.

    I wondered if there was a way to try to let the "wrong" post drop off the rankings slowly and then re-build a "right" post.

    OR, if It would be ok to just change the permalink - this would be fine by me if I could be sure that I wouldn't get penalized or discredited by google in any way.

    This question/thread is definitely in the wrong forum - should be in hacks or advanced. Apologies!

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