How To Improve Wordpress SEO in 5 minutes

If you want to see more traffic from Google Search, you need to bump up your SEO game. Ready for it? Here is a simple trick you need to know now >> click here!

If you have noticed, I recently made a small change to the links to my blog posts. It went fromThis >> www.itspinkpot.com/2016/05/cohesive-instagram-feed/To this >> www.itspinkpot.com/cohesive-instagram-feed/As you can see, the links used to be long with unnecessary details like year and month of publishing. Now, they are in a simple and clean format of www.itspinkpot.com/the-post-title. This makes it simple and easy to remember. But more than that, it helps a lot with wordpress SEO aka Search Engine Optimization. Keep reading to find out why and how you can change this on your Wordpress website too.Many of us do not pay attention to the structure of the links to our blog posts, and by default, this structure is a long one in Wordpress. One of the factors that Google search uses to decide the page rank of your blog post is the actual content of the link/ URL. The lesser number/ more relevance of words in the blog post link, the better it is for SEO. Some people even go to the lengths of removing function words like “a, the” ( also called stop words) from the link of their blog post. I don’t do it because it makes the link harder to read. But by just removing the year and month from the link, it makes the link a lot more SEO-friendly. I used to get decent amount of traffic from organic search (Google) before and now, I am quickly seeing an increase in my search engine traffic after implementing to this simple trick. SEO is a super broad topic and there are a ton of things that you can (and should) do to bump up your SEO, but let's start off with this one 'cuz its super easy and takes less than 5 minutes, promise!So here is what I did to change the permalink structure. The process is simple and you just need to make sure that you redirect your old links correctly.

Step 1: Changing the permalink structure for new posts

-Go to Wordpress Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks. Under Common settings, select “post name”. This will make the structure of all your blog posts to: yourwebsite.com/sample-post. Here's a screenshot of the dashboard.

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Step 2: Redirect links to old blog posts

This step is necessary to redirect traffic that points to your blog using the old permalink structure (with year,month etc. in the link). To do this, you can use a plugin like simple 301 Redirect , however, it did not work well for me, so below is a definitive guide for you that I 've tried and tested: -Go to the file explorer of your website hosting, and look up .htaccess inside the public_html file.-According to what your old permalink structure,add the respective redirect code next to it to the top of your .htaccess file1. If old permalink structure: Default ?p=123Code to add: Lucky you, Wordpress will do the redirect for you!2. If old permalink structure: Month and Name /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/Code to add: RedirectMatch 301 ^/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{2})/(?!page/)(.+)$ http://yourwebsite.com/$33. If old permalink structure: Day and Name /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/Code to add: RedirectMatch 301 ^/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{2})/([0-9]{2})/(?!page/)(.+)$ http://yourwebsite.com/$44. if old permalink structure: Numeric /archives/%post_id%Code to add: RedirectMatch 301 ^/archives/(\d+)$ http://yourwebsite.com/?p=$1Here's a screenshot of my .htaccess file:

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That was super easy isn't it? You now have clean SEO friendly links for all your blog posts. Let me know if you try this!

What lesser known SEO tricks do you use ?