How to Use Permalinks Settings Effectively for best SEO in WordPress? Video Tutorial

In this tutorial, I show you how to use ‘Permalinks’ settings
In wordpress effectively. I tell you that which Permalinks
Option will be the best for your blog.

What are Permalinks settings in WordPress?

Choosing a permanent structure for all urls of your blog has been done in Permalinks settings. Search engines going to crawl your pages and store them with your links. So often changing URL structure is bad idea. Choose the best one at starting period of blog and recommend you to change it never.

I have explained entire procedure in this video. Watch the video tutorial:

If you can’t watch the video, follow the below steps.

How to Change Permalinks?

1.    Login to your wordpress dashboard.
2.    Go to ‘Permalinks’ settings option under ‘Settings’ in left navigation.
3.    You can see some common settings there. They are
1. Default
2. Date and Name
3. Month and Name
4. Numeric
5. Custom structure

We will see in detail.

For example, consider my blog

1.    In default my post and page urls will be like this

2.    If you choose Date & Name option, urls will be

3.    If you choose Month & Name option urls will be
4.    If you choose Numeric, it will be like this
5.    The last one is custom structure option. You can use this to
Customize your URL structure.

How to Customize URLs to make search engine friendly?

Search engines always give importance to URLs, post titles, post introduction area (first Para). So you should customize your URL
With post name. To do that, select ‘Custom structure’ option. Then fill the box with /%postname%/ to make your links as

This is the best format for any blog. So choose this one and
Click ‘Save settings’. That’s all now you can see your new
Urls in all your blog posts and pages.

Note: If you want to use author name in URL, use custom structure as /%author%/

You can find more custom structure formats in

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  • Amandeep Singh January 4, 2010, 7:39 PM

    This is really important as the permalink structure greatly influences the SE rankings …

    • Pascal January 4, 2010, 7:47 PM

      Permalinks settings is a great tool to make our SEO simpler.

  • motocross accessories January 8, 2010, 9:13 PM

    Changing the title of your blog will affect Your search engine positioning. There are a couple key factors that you are going to want to evaluate when deciding on your new title.

  • Rohit Sane January 10, 2010, 9:16 AM

    Permalink structure indeed takes you to better positions in SE’s. I am using the year and month Permalink structure!

    • Pascal January 10, 2010, 9:39 AM

      year and month structure has been used since long time. Nice one.

  • Dan March 7, 2010, 12:54 PM

    You rock! I searched for hours on how to do this, and you showed how to do in in literally 30 seconds.

    Thanks for putting this up!

    • Pascal March 7, 2010, 6:37 PM

      Your words encourage us. We happy to create more tutorials..

  • Gustavo February 1, 2011, 8:32 PM

    I would like to ask why is “/title” format better than “category/title”?

    • Pascal February 1, 2011, 9:47 PM

      I won’t say /title is better than category/title.

      In fact, both are same, I think.

  • Adin April 18, 2011, 11:56 PM

    I been having this problem for like 2 days and I thot I the only way to solve it was to switch to Linux which most I heard.