You can read about it here My strategy to make shoutmeloud search engine friendly
Initially I was using permalink as /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html
which is not at all said to be the best permalink option for SEO.
so the only option which I was left with it is change the permalinks but if I do anything wrong there I might risk all my indexed WebPages as 404 pages and I can’t afford to do that.
It took me an hour to research on the best way to redirect the permalinks so that I won’t loose any traffic or none of my pages look dead, most of the posts suggested me using .htaccess method but instead of that I prefer using some plugin way which will help me changing my permalink without editing or playing with my .htaccess file.
Thanks to Dean lee Permalinks migration plugin which helped me with the migration without loosing any single page which is indexed by Google.
The plugin will generate a ” 301 redirection” or you can call it permanent redirection when bots will crawl your posts.
Download the plugin from the author page and upload it to wp-content/plugins/ directory
Now go to plugin under your admin dashboard and activate the plugin, go to settings and select permalinks migration and you will see your Old Permalink Structure there
Don’t make any changes there
now go to settings > permalinks and change it to your desired permalink.
I’m using /%postname%.html as permalink for shoutmeloud.
You can also use use category and post name as your wordpress permalinks, but before that don’t forget to see the previous post on Importance of categories for better SEO.
Don’t forget to read how to install self hosted wordpress blog?
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