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  • hi folks. im from argentina and just got running but i cannot realize whichs is the best way to store the permalinks so that google can idex them!
    i hope someone can response, im kinda new!

    i thinks is
    but what d you think,
    i couldnt get good information about this anywhere

    thanks for you all!

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  • /%category%/%postname%

    or some variant thereof.

    dates in the permalinks are useless for google.


    I advise: ‘/%category%/%postname%.html’.
    I think .html in the end is a little bit better than without it for google.



    well i found from tom blog

    is really good for search engine but i have some problem with wp



    the .html extention means NOTHING for SEO, and google has been indexing wp sites extremely well with ANY of the permalinks options.

    however, for your users (who you should be thinking of as well) the layout that kickass gave is most memorable and easiest to navigate.

    you can’t use just postname




    I agree with you but i request you to check this tom blog and post here your option (i am not agains’t you )

    Personally from past 1 weak working on tag i found

    /%category%/%postname%/ tag doesn’t work(

    /%Postname.html tag work great(



    xinfo – i’ve heard it all before. however with my own eyes i’ve seen sites rank in the top 5 for sites using the regular links – p=123 and i’ve seen sites rank in the top 5 for using the “pretty” permalinks.

    i use the “pretty” ones myself – because i prefer having some sort of explanation in the URL for my visitors’ sakes…

    wp is a dynamically, database driven piece of software. what people aren’t understanding is that it’s similar when you go to (for example), you’re viewing (or whatever the extention is) it’s the same with wordpress built websites. you’re actually viewing http: // but the browser just doesn’t show it to you.

    i’ve been in the field of SEO for many years now – trust me, it no longer makes a difference, as long as you’re not using long dynamic queries (session IDs) that CHANGE every time you visit a page, your site will be fine. there’s a difference – not every URL with a question mark is bad anymore.



    ohh now i under stand even i seen many website with default url with good rank , then why people back of permalink structure i dont under stand



    people back it because it looks better to the site visitors, and because some search engines (though not nearly all of them, and certainly not the “big guys”) do look at URLs for keywords. when someone hovers a link, or even has a page in their browser, they know (pretty much) what the topic is by looking at the URL. some people are wary of “ugly” URLs…

    i’ve seen people adding the .html extention to their wordpress sites, and for the life of me i can’t understand why, other than if their old site used .html pages, and they’re creating pages with the same name (example.html) and don’t want to lose their current PageRank (which also, in my opinion, is a joke) or wind up with 404 errors. other than that, there’s absolutely no reason to use .html as an extention… and even that’s kind of silly when you can use 301 redirects in the .htaccess file to prevent 404s from happening.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

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    If you use Google Sitemaps, then it likely doesn’t matter at all, since you’re explicitly telling Google what your URLs are. I find it highly unlikely that they consider the URLs in any sort of search results. They’re more interested in the content.



    “I find it highly unlikely that they consider the URLs in any sort of search results.”

    You’re absolutely right, Otto – Google doesn’t give a crap, neither does Yahoo or MSN to be honest. Some of the smaller search engines might but they’re not the ones people are usually most concerned with.

    I’d suggest using the Google sitemaps AND creating an actual sitemap page on the site. Doing so would aid not only the search engines, but your site visitors as well. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who would rather use a sitemap to find what they want than a nav bar!

    well if you gonna use Tag /%category%/%postname%/ tag will not function properly .

    you can try other format which is avaiable in your admin panel or use /%postname%.html tag will work fine

    /%category%/%postname%/ works perfectly on over 40 sites I manage… not sure what you mean there.

    And using the .html extention is making it force to that unnaturally. these are PHP driven pages, not HTML driven.


    Check out mine:

    permalink structure is ofcourse: /%postname%/

    I am also using the the sitemaps plugin


    Google lists only my index page.

    Yahoo lists my categories properly but not my posts, i.e. but not

    Any idea where I am going wrong?


    using only /%postname%/ is never advised – for a multitude of reasons, one being that your posts aren’t properly categorized in the URL that way.

    at BARE MINIMUM, use /%category%/%postname%/ – that’s what I use on every single site I create.

    that said, google’s indexing TONS of pages for your site – and many of them have all sorts of different URLs, like …/2006/04/35/speed/ – all this tells me is that google hasn’t caught up with you yet, and it’s a good time to fix your permalinks properly and then leave them alone. every time you change you permalinks, you lose your ranking… it’d be like changing a page from pizza.html to carrots.html with the same content on it.

    just set it, and forget it… 😉

    I’m using /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.

    works fine?

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