Free SEO benefits from future proof URLs

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Future Proof URLs gives you free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) benefits and hide the technology for future modifications of server technology. Most users don’t care about the technology and true social media shares it’s information across multiple platforms.

It’s not easy to understand what this page is about from just a URL that looks like this:

http://trickmandan.com/blog/?p=11

Transform ugly URLs into Search Engine, People friendly URLs with these simple steps in the WordPress Admin Interface.

1. Go to Settings/Permalinks

permalinks view on WordPress Admin
permalinks view on WordPress Admin

2. Select “Day and name”, then click “save changes”

That will change the URL

from this: http://trickmandan.com/blog/?p=11

to this: http://trickmandan.com/blog/2008/11/23/redirect-root-requests-to-your-blog/

This strategy will give Search Engines some clues on how to index this page. User friendly URLs will also give users an extra clue on what the page is about.

NOTE: You may need to update your htaccess file in your WordPress directory.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /blog/
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /blog/index.php [L]
</IfModule>

This will redirect all requests that are not for actual files or directories to /blog/index.php

The [L] flag says this is the last rule.

Learn more about htaccess here.