What is a permalink?
As the name suggests, we called permalink a permanent link even if you update the content on the page. It includes a domain name plus a slug, a piece of URL comes after the domain name. The goal of your permalink is to create an easy-to-understand URL structure for the understanding of both humans and search engines.
How permalinks affect SEO
Users and search engines see Permalinks when navigating through your website. It is like having your physical address. It affects how your website is going to crawl and index in search engines. The more URLs crawled and indexed in search engines depends on how well your URL structure is. So, optimising your website URL will help you to improve the crawling and indexing of your website and alternatively, it will drive more traffic to the website.
A popular thought is to always keep URL structure as simple as possible and remove any unnecessary parts of it. This is why WordPress has a permalinks feature.
If you run your store in WooCommerce, you will also have permalinks for your product and category pages.
You can access them by navigating to Settings > Permalinks in your WordPress dashboard:
Best Practices of WooCommerce Permalinks
For SEO purposes, it is recommended to keep the URLs short and simple. Your product URL may contain parameters so it should contain necessary information instead of irrelevant parameters. To boost ranking, one should consider implementing relevant search keywords in the permalinks.
Below are some areas of considerations while optimising the permalinks of your website.
- Keep it short and simple
Google is recommending keeping URLs short & simple. URL that contains obscure text or unnecessary characters or if it is longer then it is considered as non-SEO-friendly URLs. Therefore, clear URL structure encourages more clicks to your website.
Here is an example of Improper URL:
Here is an example of Proper URL:
- Use relevant keywords
Let’s make sure that each product page contains an important keyword in the permalink. Also, you need to make sure while editing the category page and tag that it includes relevant keywords.
To edit a product page slug, go to Products > All Products and locate the item you want to edit. Then click on the Quick Edit option:
Do not use any search term multiple times or in multiple product page slug. It will consider as keyword stuffing that may result in a Google penalty.
- Be clear and descriptive
Let’s go to Products > Categories and select a category to edit from the list
On the next screen as show below, you can edit the category slug to make it more user-friendly.
Setup Permalinks for WooCommerce
To set up your store with Custom Permalinks for WooCommerce:
Go to WooCommerce > Settings > Permalinks.
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