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  • Do permalinks have an effect on blog’s performance? I mean do blogs with pretty permalinks get more traffic or do they simply have esthetic purposes? I’m asking I still have ugly ones

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  • permalinks are very important..they’re what people use to get to your individual entries.. if a certain permalink is clicked more than the other ones then that means people are more likely to share them, bookmark them or link to them. Thus giving your site more traffic.

    So having ugly permalinks is bad for my blog’s traffic? I’ve tried to change them to pretty ones but I didn’t succeed. I did everything they said in the documentation…3 times even but I couldn’t do it. I even started a support toppic about it.

    In most cases, I think the “hype” over pretty permalinks is a bit over-blown by the SEO folks. However, they look pretty. 🙂

    Oh, and check your other thread:




    Google has spoken and has indicated that pretty permalinks have NO bearing on where you rank in Google.

    That aside, asrai is correct about their function. What’s probably most important though, is to stick to whatever you start with.

    Ugly permalinks are NOT necessarily bad for traffic though.

    Here is a great example of a very non-standard permalink:

    Is that pretty? I spose, given that the standard derinition of permalinks is that they dont include queries (?=) but it’s hardly rememberable now is it?

    dailykoz has NO trouble getting visitors.

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