SEO Optimization For WordPress Slugs

You may have read the word “WordPress Slugs” in the WordPress SEO guide, or article with suggestions on improving traffic to your site. But do you really know what a slug is? If you are not familiar with WordPress or websites, your first thought may be a thin garden pest. However, a WordPress Slugs is not the same thing.

Today we will answer all the questions that you have about WordPress Slug, how you can set or edit your Slug in WordPress, as well as how to use SEO Slug to get better rank in search results. let’s get started!

What is slug?

Let’s start from the beginning, so make sure you know what a WordPress slug is. When you create a post in WordPress, the URL of the post is automatically created based on your title. So this might sound like a post called “WordPress Slugs Cool and Fun”:

Permalink vs Slug

This can be confusing with WordPress because your permalink is a URL and a slug is also a URL. But Permalink and Slug are not the same thing. To simplify, here is a quick comparison of the two.

A  Permalink is  your url structure and defines how the links on your website are made. Permalinks   are set globally from Settings> Permalinks .

A  slug  is the last part of your url that identifies a specific page on a website. Slugs are determined on a per page, post or taxonomy basis.

How to set and edit slug in wordpress

Changing your WordPress slug is really easy. However, this process varies slightly, depending on how you want to change the OT. Here are some common slugs you want to edit.

Post slug

When you create a new post or edit an old one you will see the Permalink url just below the title. By default WordPress will add your full post title with a dash filling in the blanks. Simply click the “Edit” button to customize or change the slug for your post (ideally using the slug SEO tips we list in the next section).

Page slug

Similar to posts, when creating a new page or editing an old one you can find the slug area just below the title. WordPress will automatically fill your full page title as a slug.

Grade slug

In the default category you will use “Name” entered as a slug, or you can enter a custom slug. In our example above you can see that we have shortened the variety of slugs instead of just “miss”. But usually your category names will be short and specific, which you won’t need (or want) to change to begin with.

Tag slug

Tags work like categories and will use tag names as slugs. You can of course customize it, but often it is not necessary.

Writer slug

WordPress will use the author’s username as slug by default. This is a core feature built into WordPress. So for our above example, with the username of “username”, the author link would look like this:

There is currently no built-in way to edit or customize an author slug other than creating a new user with a new username. So if you want to make changes to writer slug then you have to use a plugin. An alternative free  :  the Free Edit author Slug plugin which can change Slug (user name) as well as author pages as part of both Permalink structure (/ author / URL that allows you).

How to optimize SEO Slug to SEO

Now that you have understood what a slug is and how to replace it, let’s dig into slug SEO. Here are some quick and easy tips that you can use to keep your WordPress slug clean and optimized.

1. Use the keyword in slug

Keywords are a big part of SEO, so it should make sense that if you want SEO to optimize your slug you should use keywords. An article on “My Great Grandma’s Best Banana Bread Recipe for Using Old Bananas”  is more likely to rank for the keyword  banana bread recipe , if the url is as my banana bread recipe Unlike the great-grandma-mom-recipe — the age used for — bananas.

2. Keep the slug short and relevant

Keep it simple and to the point. You want your url to be easy for slug readers to remember if they want to link to it, as well as search engine bots that are easy to understand when crawling your site. The slug should be related to your post title and target keywords – neither of which should be long anyway.

3. Strip out unnecessary filler (or stop) words like “the”, “” and “a”

When going with the end point, you can easily shorten the slug by removing stop words or unnecessary words. Think of it as writing in shorthand – just keep the words you need to keep your point. This means getting rid of words: like, if, and, or, but, like, with, etc.

For example, we shortened our post “SEO Optimization for WordPress Slug” to use “WordPress-Slugs-Seo” for Slug. We removed “customized” because we did not feel it was necessary and “for” because it is a filler term.

4. Avoid changing slugs in the future

Once you publish a post, page, category or anything else, it is best to leave it out. If in the future you do not redirect your old url correctly to your new url, then making changes to your slug in the future may cause 404 errors.

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