How to Get More Search Engine Traffic With One Simple Tweak

7 Essential WordPress Hacks: 1. Permalinks

One of the great things about blogs is how much the search engines love them. But is there a way to get even more love from Google by making just one small adjustment to your WordPress blog?

Search engines want a frequently updated web site with good information, and that also has a solid, navigable directory structure with meaningful URLs. Oh, and it’s also a huge bonus if your XHTML markup is both valid and semantically sound.

You can score outstanding code by applying the Cutline theme to your WordPress blog, and then you can learn how to create search-engine-friendly permalinks (page addresses) by watching this video!

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  • Kelvin Chan said:

    Awesome tutorial … i’ve made a video some days ago teaching the same thing. Right on! =)

  • Vaibhav said:

    Hi, that was a great tutorial and I am sure plenty of websites have been benefited using that tweak. I did exactly the same, placed /%postname%/ as custom field and then update the permalinks.

    I, however, did not get a .htaccess prompt. All I got was structure updated message. Then when I click to any post of my blog, it gives me error of post not found. Any suggestions about how to overcome that ?


  • Felipe said:

    Thank you very much for this great tubetorial!, greets from Peru.

  • Cross said:

    what about to include also the category of the post?
    I think is better, you have more keywords 🙂


  • LifeAfterPC said:

    Vaibhav if you didn’t get the .htaccess prompt then most likely it was previously added, so you should be all set 😉

  • Niall said:

    Maybe I’ve downloaded a newer versio of WP since this video came out, but I don’t even have a permalinks tab under the options tab. Can anyone tell me what I need to do?

  • Stephen Anderson said:

    I really am getting a great deal out of you tutorials. I have just installed Word Press and changed the permalink %postname% and I just got the message that it had been updated.

    I don’t remember creating a .htaccess file and I can’t see on there. Is this still fine?

  • hip hop videos said:

    I personally use the yyyy/mm/dd/post.html permalinks structure and find that works well too. I wonder if /post/ will make a better difference

  • joy777 said:

    How about using: mysite/category/post/ — will this still
    give good results in SEO?

  • Amit Banerjee said:

    How to migrate my older category structures tothe new category structure ?

    old :
    new :

    this working fine

    categories :

    old :

    gives error all the time……..

    I am stuck and feeling frustrated .please help

    Many thanks

  • Amit Banerjee said:

    How to migrate my older category structures tothe new category structure ?

    old : default
    new :

    this working fine

    categories :

    old : default

    gives error all the time……..

    I am stuck and feeling frustrated .please help

    Many thanks

  • Juan said:

    Hi, I was watching your tutorial and I can not follow it because in the part of my dashboard, it does not appear words like you show in the tutorial. For example: “Settings” instead of “options” and also does not apear the word “permalink”. Please tell what can I do?

  • SEO EXPERTS said:

    If you have .htaccess file already on server, and it’s writable then you do same thing with URL rewrite tool..

  • Rajesh Kanuri @ TechCats said:

    permalinks play very important role in search engine rankings??

  • Tech Maish said:

    There are allot of factors for search engine ranking and yes permalink is also important one.

  • backthegreenback said:

    thanks for the post. I made the changes in custom without having to make the changes in the root directory. Must be updates in test version of wp.

  • extasy said:

    this was a great post , succes with your website 🙂

  • Alquma said:

    I share with all of you some tips for getting a lot of traffic to your blogs:

    Tip 1: Make a good content
    This point is very important

    Tip 2: Make a brand around your blog
    This point is very important because your visitors return to your blog in the future.

    Tip 3: Get high quality backlinks
    This point is very important because Google is a major search engine.

    Tip 4: Promote your site on social websites like facebook, myspace and news aggregators like Digg.

    Tip 5: Post frequently

    Tip 6: Be patient
    This is the most important tip because only with years of hard work you see a good results.

  • krishna giri said:

    it is really true

  • sree said:

    awesome… i will surely try this out… waiting for more..

  • sree said:

    if u r unable to find .htaccess or edit it.
    On windows :-
    enable your explorer to show hidden files
    on cpanel search for .htaccess.
    if u r unsure of how to edit it, simply change the permission of htaccess to 0777
    change the permalink structure on wordpress.
    now the update of .htaccess will happen automatically.
    after ur done dont 4get to change the permission back to default.

  • dapet duit dari internet said:

    yeah i also change my wordpress permalink in order to make my wordpress url SE friendly, so it will be easy for the spider to found my page, and also we should have some seo plugin,
    i found some on others web, but i already post it on my blog.

  • Nirmik said:

    wow I impressed: you got your ranked 4 in google’s PR, and there is only one post there made recently with almost no content.

  • The Mobile Spoon said:

    I created 2 similar blogs, one in Blogger, one in WordPress.
    After adding a lot of content to the Blogger one (much easier) – the WordPress is still ranked higher!

    Which means, WordPress does something to Google which Google themselves don’t know how to do… ?!#$


  • David said:

    Very nice tutoral…I will have to try and do some of those to get my blog or website more search engine traffic and page rank…thanks

  • Ziad k. Abdelnour said:

    Thank for sharing a wonderful and useful information in getting traffic to the website.

  • Woodworking Machinery said:

    Nice post it is useful for us.

  • Shaun said:

    Permalinks are good but using structure can cause problems if a you accidentally name 2 posts the same. Other than this it is all good.

  • enzo testa said:

    great tip for a beginner. Thank you

  • said:

    Thanks for the great info….

  • rajneesh@ wordpress expert said:

    Hi ,

    Nice tutorial , I also works on wordpress but enjoys watching and learning what other are doing.


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