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  Permalinks: Why They Matter and How to Set Them Up Correctly

A permalink is the individual link to each blog post. You want to make sure that your permalinks are search engine friendly. Accomplish this by having blog post titles, not dates.


How They Look

Notice the text that appears after the forward slash in your URL (the orange part in the example below):

http://www.therealisticmama.com/best-date-jar/

You don't want post numbers or dates:

http://www.therealisticmama.com/?p=123

You'll want to make sure you change your permalink structure to "post names" before you start writing any post. This way your permalinks don't have dates associated to them and will be more search engine friendly. This is important.


Action Step

Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to your "Wordpress Dashboard" ---> On the left-hand side, hover over "Settings" ---> Go to "Permalinks".
  2. Select "Post Name" and save changes.

This will save you from the headache of creating new URLs and re-directs down the road. (A re-direct is when you point an old post from one URL to a new URL address, so when someone types in the old web address they will still find the page that you moved.)