All About Slugs (Not the Slimy Kind)

As this WordPress.com article details, keeping post slugs on target and concise helps search engines properly index site posts. And that can’t be anything but a good thing.

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When we start writing a new post, WordPress automatically creates a URL for the post using our blog’s address, the date, and post title. Great, now you don’t have to worry about your post’s URL, right? All taken care of.

Not quite. You don’t need to lose sleep over your post URLs, but paying some attention to the post slug — the bit of the URL after the address and date — can have a nice traffic payoff.

“I’m still not sure what a slug is!”

The slug is the bit of your post’s (or page’s) URL that describes what that specific post is about. Here’s the URL of this post, with the slug in bold:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/post-slugs/

If I’d used the URL that WordPress auto-generated for me based on the post title, the slug would have been:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/all-about-slugs-not-the-slimy-kind/

They both get the job done, but one…

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It has been a while since the last time I actively posted to my WordPress.com site. An active little boy, a long commute, the descent into renal disease with the eventuality of dialysis, and my kidney/pancreas transplant robbed me of both the physical time and motivation to actively post long form streams of conciousness or even basic thoughts.

When I returned to posting last week, one of the first things I wanted to do was change my site’s theme. My previous theme Chateau was a great theme, but the site needed a change. Boy, was I in for a rude surprise.

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