Blog permalinks can carry a lot of weight for bloggers in regards to search engines. What many don’t know is how to set them for maximum link juice with Google and the other search engines.

So off we go, we set them one way or another only to regret this later when we become more savvy. But if we were to change them without precautions we would loose all existing links and indexed pages by search engines as the link structure would change.

This would be a huge mistake for any blogger who wants to build some page rank. If your existing permalink is structured to look like this:

/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/

and you’d want this instead,

/%category%/%postname%/

you’d have no chances at changing the permalinks if it wasn’t for the Permalink Migration Plugin for WordPress. Thanks to this Plugin we can breathe easily again as it will allow us to change the permalinks structure by telling browsers and search engines that the page has permanently moved, and that the old address should be replaced by the new one.

This is called a “301 Redirect” and also known as a Permanent Redirect. With the help of the Permalink Migration Plugin search engines will update their indexes quickly and you won’t lose your page rank either.

The Plugin works for any incoming link from other sites, including social book marking sites. You will still receive traffic as usual.

The Plugin will also generate a “301 Redirect” when search engine spiders or users visit your site through old permalinks,and redirect them to the new permalinks of the same posts.

If you always wondered how to change your permalinks safely, no you know how easy it really is. The Permalinks Migration Plugin makes this job easy and fast to accomplish.

Installation of the Permalinks Migration Plugin

  1. unzip and upload the file into your wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate it on your Admin Panel->Plugin Management page.

How to use the Plugin

  1. Go to admin panel – options – PermalinksMigration. Set the old permanlink structure of your site.
  2. Then go to admin panel – options – Permalinks. Change the new permalink structure to what you want. I recommend /%category%/%postname%/)
  3. Done, enjoy it.

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