3 WordPress Plugins to Safely Change Your Permalink Structure

In my previous post on “WordPress SEO Tutorial: The Best SEO Permalink Structure,” I realize that I had left out a major point to be taken: if you’re changing your old permalink structure to a new one, your site will LOSE the links love from other sites that have linked to you. Your site will NOT get credits for all the inbound links linking to your OLD permalink blog (instead of the new one).

BUT–luckily, there’s a WordPress plugin to fix this problem. And without further ado, here it is:

Permalinks Migration Plugin for WordPress: “With this plugin, you can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website,and even doesn’t hurt your google pagerank.”

You can find details on how to change your old permalink structure of your blog to a new one there. And, yes, the author of that plugin also recommend /%category%/postname%/ as the permalink structure for your SEO blog–just like what I had posted on WordPress SEO Tutorial: The Best SEO Permalink Structure.

Also, there is a plugin called Permalink Redirect WordPress Plugin. It’s a “WordPress plugin that replies a 301 permanent redirect, if requested URI is different from entry’s (or archive’s) permalink. It is used to ensure that there is only one URL associated with each blog entry.”Yet, another one is called Angsuman’s Permanent Redirect. This plugin works “[w]hen a post or static page (in WP context) is fetched (using its permalink) for viewing the plugin checks if the post has a “redirect” custom field set. If it is set then a permanent redirect status is sent to the client/browser indicating that the post has permanently moved to the location (URL) specified in the value of “redirect”. So the viewer is automatically moved to the new location.”

*I personally recommend Permalinks Migration Plugin for WordPress if you are going to ‘permanently’ change your old permalink structure to a new one (to /%category%/postname%/ I hope :) .

And there you have it, the “3 WordPress Plugins to Safely Change Your Permalink Structure
w/out losing any link love :smile: . Best of luck to your permalink transition :razz: . O.K. then adieu.

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33 Comments to “3 WordPress Plugins to Safely Change Your Permalink Structure” »
  1. May 12th, 2007 at 6:17 pm
    Grace wrote:

    That is a useful plugin! I will upload it onto my site in a while. And I might link this article in my first linking article. :)

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    1. May 20th, 2007 at 12:31 pm
      SEO Blogger wrote:

      I forgot to ask: which plugin did you use?

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  2. May 14th, 2007 at 12:12 pm
    SEO Blogger wrote:

    Hey, thank you. Hope these plugins help you to ’safely’ change your permalink structure. Also, be prepared that your new URL for each post won’t get spidered and replaced the old structure right away. But in the ‘little’ long-run, you’ll see that your new permalink structure will get your site spider ‘easily’ & ‘quickly’ by the search engine bots, giving you more pages in the index and increasing your blog to be found on the search engine =P.

    M.T. Nguyen
    –a.k.a. The SEO Blogger–

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  4. July 9th, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    I agree that changing your permalink structure is a must, but everyone seems to be suggesting /%category%/%postname%/. That’s fine if you’ve been blogging for a long time, but if you’re just starting, be careful about using this.

    Using %category% isn’t sensible, unless you are very sure that your categories won’t change. I fell into this trap – as my blog matures, I need to tweak the categories, which would break my permalinks.

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  8. August 13th, 2009 at 12:10 am
    Gizelle wrote:

    Thanks for this very informative post. I have been contemplating on changing my permalink structure but afraid to do so because my site has been doing very well (despite of the fact that it is using the default permalink structure). I just can’t afford to lose the 60% serach engine traffic that I am currently getting right now. Do you think I should change my permalink? I already have 170 posts/articles.

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  9. August 24th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    John Rivera wrote:

    Great post. The Permalinks Migration Plugin for WordPress is a life saver. Can’t tell you how much of a headache this plugin saved me. Thanks again!

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  10. September 1st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I use the same plugin for me and my clients who has ugly permalink.. Deans permalink plugin does its job pretty well..

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  11. October 11th, 2009 at 1:31 am
    mktanny wrote:

    nice job i have been using the deans permalink too for sometime and it is really good and does what i need to do.

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  12. October 15th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    Pinkyxxx wrote:

    I tried to use that permanent redirect plugin but couldnt get it to work to save my life…i had a java script pop up on my site and i wanted to have it work on all pages not just the home page…i changed my permalink structure to /%postname%/ on the advisement of a so-called seo expert but now i see he may have forgot to tell me another crucial part…there goes 60 bux

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  13. November 16th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    this article is marvelous.
    it really can help

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  14. November 18th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Hey thanks for the info, I was looking for a way to change my permalink structure without losing my links.

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  16. December 10th, 2009 at 7:20 am
    aks wrote:

    good Article and useful for beginner.all the plug ins are very attractive.

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  17. December 25th, 2009 at 6:54 am
    Shubham wrote:

    I am using /%category%/%postname%/ structure and it’s the best i know..!! Well thanks for the share…!

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  18. January 7th, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    ajay wrote:

    nice plug in and working fine thank u.

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  19. March 15th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    iPradar wrote:

    Thank you so much, I changed over my permalinks to help seo then realised that all my old links that I spent hours creating were corrupt, now using the permalinks migration plugin it is all fixed!!

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  20. May 24th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Ok well that was a serious question but seems I do not even know html well enough to add a strong link lol. I am new to web design and live in New Orleans Louisiana so I have an excuse for being html illiterate. Really though are my links spammy?
    check it out for me please.

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  21. October 4th, 2011 at 9:17 am
    Firdi wrote:

    This post is helpful for me ,thank you so much! :)

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