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  • My weblog has been online for 2 years and it has a huge amount of PR2, PR3 and PR4 posts. The structure of my permalinks is:

    Google news wants me to add numbers to my url, otherwise they will not use my site as a news source. So it has to look like
    Date being for example 20080105

    If I do this, I will lose all my pagerank pages. So is there a way to keep the pagerank and the date? For example only having post for 2008 have a date and keeping everything from 2006 and 2007 without a date in the URL?

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  • Sorry to have to bump this. But Does anyone know how to do this?

    Won’t your pagerank correctly follow a 301 redirect? I always thought that pagerank would get passed along when Google’s index changed to reflect the new URL.

    And WordPress (2.3 and up) is now smart enough to remember old permalinks and send a 301 redirect to the new ones when you change the permalink settings. This was done specifically to help search engines like Google, and as a side effect to help with the broken links problems after such a change.

    Thank you Otto42. So if I change this I will see pages in pagerank 0, but once Google updates the pageranks everything should be back to normal?

    Hey, no guarantees. I don’t know what Google will really do, but I think it should correct itself eventually. Just make sure that your old links still work when you change the permalink setting. They should cause a redirect.

    Thank you Otto


    I just upgraded from 2.2 to 2.3.2 and found out that wordpress 2.3.x does not automaticly redirect the urls.

    But it does work the otherway round. So going from the new url to the old. But not from the old to the new.

    In my case, its important to go from the old to the new, otherwise I have to manually redirect 500+ pages 😉

    Thanks for your help so far.

    hmmm… Have you tried the Permalinks Migration plugin by Dean?

    It works for me. You set the old permalink structure in the plugin configuration. Then set the new structure in WordPress permalink configuration.

    I’m not sure it works for 2.3 as I still use 2.2 (afraid to upgrade, lol) But I see people are still downloading the plugin. Anyway, something to look into.

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