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    Permalink Settings In Wordpress
    Damn, I started off wrong. I had this setting:

    http: // www.mysite.com /2009/08/27/sample-post/

    But everything I've read says use Custom Structure and put this there - /%postname%/

    Matt Cutts From Google said it -

    Donít include the post date in your URL.

    http://wphacks.com/how-to-setting-up...ink-structure/

    This one the same - http://yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/

    So all the expert Wordpress SEO's say use Custom and put in /%postname%/

    So what do I do with the pages I have already?

    So I updated my permalinks, now my pages indexed go to 404 pages. So I need to redirect somehow. Or maybe since I just have a few posts, just delete them and start over? Only have about 4 hits so wouldn't be a big deal.

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    Alright, they have this redirection plugin - http://urbangiraffe.com/plugins/redirection/

    And does this sound like I got it right.

    After I updated my permalink structure, the pages indexed were getting 404s so I installed that plugin and the pages that were

    http: // www.mysite.com /2009/08/27/sample-post/

    are now http: // www.mysite.com /sample-post/

    with the date removed and with the plugin they were 301 redirected. And I guess it worked since now the pages indexed with the date, when I click on them, instead of 404s, they go to the new pages, the ones without the date.

    Does that sound right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    So I updated my permalinks, now my pages indexed go to 404 pages. So I need to redirect somehow. Or maybe since I just have a few posts, just delete them and start over? Only have about 4 hits so wouldn't be a big deal.
    I don't know why your pages go to 404 pages. I just did a switch with my permalinks setting from "day and name" to "custom". All my posts urls updated automatically. I don't see any problems.

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    Just started out with wordpress, thanks guys for this, entered /%postname%/ in the custome field and works perfectly

    thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by mayfly
    I don't know why your pages go to 404 pages. I just did a switch with my permalinks setting from "day and name" to "custom". All my posts urls updated automatically. I don't see any problems.
    They were fine if I clicked around my site. But from the search engine they went to page not found because they still have the old "month and day" structure, until they update the pages again with the new structure.

    Google has this - http: // www.mysite.com /2009/08/27/sample-post/

    and they were going to dead pages after I made that permalink change. Now after I used that plugin and did 301 redirects, when I click on that same link, it goes (automatically redirects) to the new structure http: // www.mysite.com /sample-post/

    So eventually Google should pick up the new structure and update the SERPS with it.

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    Ya Google should clear it up soon. You could do a 301 redirect for all pages to the new pages if it means a lot to you and you know how.

    Or you could do a blanket redirect of any lost pages to the root.

    Or wait a month or so.

    It's always a good idea to set the permalinks exactly how you want them on a new blog. That way this never happens.

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    So is it normal to have both while they sort it out? Was just checking and they have the old one with the date and they have the new one as well.

    Or should I just delete those posts? It's only 16 posts that had that old structure, only a few hits.

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    Once you set the new structure all of them have the same, so you don't need to delete them. Google should update to the new post urls quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    They were fine if I clicked around my site. But from the search engine they went to page not found because they still have the old "month and day" structure, until they update the pages again with the new structure.
    Ah, I see what you mean. I wouldn't worry about it unless I have hundreds of old posts. Like others said, it's always good to set it the right way to begin with tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    Donít include the post date in your URL.

    http://wphacks.com/how-to-setting-u...link-structure/
    This led me to Matt Cutts video of WordCamp 2007 which I enjoyed.

    Now I'm watching his presentation at WordCamp 2009


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    Quote Originally Posted by mayfly
    Ah, I see what you mean. I wouldn't worry about it unless I have hundreds of old posts. Like others said, it's always good to set it the right way to begin with tho.
    Yep, I think the first thing I read had it setup that way with the date but then I did more reading and it's best the other way. Lesson learned. My second blog only had 1 post, so I just deleted it. Going to read a little more wordpress seo articles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    Yep, I think the first thing I read had it setup that way with the date but then I did more reading and it's best the other way.
    I read up on this quite a while back and can't remember why I settled on %year%category%post_title% If you see something saying that's bad I would like to know.


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    I don't think it's really that bad, so if you have it like that I think it's ok. Just when I read this - http://wphacks.com/how-to-setting-up...ink-structure/

    And Matt Cutts from Google saying - Donít include the post date in your URL.
    Have no idea why he said that.

    And then reading some other experts in SEO and Wordpress, like the link to Yoast above, they all have custom and /%postname%/

    So I figure if i'm just starting out, might as well have it that way.

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    I use /%postname%/ because naming your url is an impt part of SEO. I try to put in 2-3 of my important keywords in the title, and optimize the url as well. Edit the url also to take out unimportant words e.g. from /how-to-setting-up-your-wordpress-permalink-structure/ to something more effective and short like /wordpress-permalink-setup/ for example. So a date in the url is just wasted space and not impt. so I just take it out.

    Keywords in title, keywords in url and keywords at the beginning of your posts (or close to the beginning) are all important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladidah
    Edit the url also to take out unimportant words e.g. from /how-to-setting-up-your-wordpress-permalink-structure/ to something more effective and short like /wordpress-permalink-setup/ for example.
    There is a cool plugin called "SEO Slugs" that can removes common words like 'a', 'the', 'in' from post slugs.

    I personally like it. Thought some of you might like to try it out as well.

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    Well, poop. I have all of my WP blogs set up with the same permalink structure you started out with, Trust.

    As far as that redirect plugin, if I previously built my site from scratch, but then converted it and all the content to WP, can I input the previous URLs and have them redirect to the corresponding WP pages/posts, or is it just for redirecting previous WP pages/posts to other WP pages/posts?

    Sorry if I'm not making much sense. I'm having a bad brain day. LOL.
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    That one plugin - http://urbangiraffe.com/plugins/redirection/ is mainly for 301 redirects I believe but you can do other stuff it looks like. You input source url and you can have it redirect to url, redirect to random post, pass through, error 404. And some other stuff I don't understand.

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    I converted one of my blogs a while back from 'www.sitename/year/month/date/postname' to just 'www.sitename/postname' without using a plug in and used the .htaccess file to redirect the permalinks. I was a little worried about trying it because I am not at all techy, but it has worked great for me.

    I found the instructions on this site: http://www.wprecipes.com/redirect-da...ks-to-postname

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    I use category/postname 99% of the time
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