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Remove Date from WordPress Permalink URLs for SEO with htaccess

When using WordPress for your website it will default to the standard URL format showing the page number. However, many of us have changed or initially set up our WordPress blogs using the dates in the URL’s such as imageinnovationsllc.com/2013/1/my-blog-post. Initially you might think that the date in the URL may be helpful for visitors to your website to help them know when an article was initially written. It may be helpful, but has been shown to actually hurt your website. Visitors might not have confidence in an older article, even if it is a great article and valid the day they visit it. Most importantly though, it clutters up your URL and ultimately will hinder your search engine rankings.

WordPress permalink setting allows bloggers to customize the structure of a URL. Doing so correctly will help your WordPress website to be search engine optimized, improve the aesthetics, usability, and forward-compatibility of navigation and links. Within WordPress’s Permalinks setting, WordPress presents a few common permalinks structure, of which at least two are date-based.

The data-based permalinks have the following URL structure:

Year/Month/Day/Post-Title: http://www.imageinnovationsllc.com/2013/02/20/sample-post/
Month/Day/Post-Title: http://www.imageinnovationsllc.com/2013/02/sample-post/

The date in URL unnecessary adds to the length of URL, can dissuade visitors, and hurt SEO. The best SEO practice is to strike off and remove the /yyyy/mm/dd or /yyyy/mm from the URL structure of the WordPress permalinks.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to change the permalinks structure of your WordPress websites URLs with proper redirect in the .htaccess file. This will help your WordPress website to avoid 404 page not found errors and minimize the loss of traffic due to incoming out of date URL’s any links to your website. This will help your navigation, make your site more user friendly, improve your SERPs, and Google’s PageRank.

The URL’s of your WordPress premalinks will end up in this format: http://www.imageinnovationsllc.com/sample-post/ This should be the format that most WordPress websites or any other website should strive for. It is clear and concise and will help users and search engines better understand and use your website.

  1. First change the permalinks configuration in your Worpress. Go to the WordPress Dashboard of your website and navigate to Settings -> Permalinks.
  2. Select Post name in WordPress Permalink Settings..
  3. Select Save Changes in WordPress Permalink Settings.
  4. FTP or SSH into the web server which hosts the WordPress installation, and go to the directory where the .htaccess file is located for the site. This should be in the WordPress website root directory.
  5. Create a copy of the .htaccess file. Sample: .htaccess_backup
  6. Edit the .htaccess file directly. OR Download the .htaccess file and edit it locally. Then upload it when you are done.
  7. Edit the .htaccess with editor such as notepad, Wordpad, or any other text file editor.
  8. Add one of the two code blocks below depending on your old URL structure above the WordPress code in your .htaccess file.

For existing permalinks with /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/(.*)$ /$4 [R=301,NC,L]

For existing permalinks with /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/(.*)$ /$3 [R=301,NC,L]

  1. Save the WordPress .htaccess file.
  2. Immediately test your WordPress website. Any error in the code can easily shut down your site with server errors. Access your WordPress website to be sure it is still functional. If it is not. Replace the edited .htaccess file with your backup or change the file back to how it was. Then try to enter the code again.
  3. With your WordPress website working enter a few links with the old URL structure to test that the redirection is working properly.

You may want to utilize MySQL replace function to replace the links with old permalink structure in posts, pages and comments to new URLs directly in database, much like what is been done when moving WordPress to new domain or location. Useful when you have thousands of articles which make manual changing impossible.

You can easily track problem URL’s with Google Webmaster Tools. This is an invaluable to keep track of the health of your site and to discover and correct issues that may be hurting your SEO and Google rankings.

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WordPress Update Services List 200+ Ping Services

If you have a WordPress blog and website, you need to be able to have people find it on the internet. There are a million different things you can do to drive traffic to your web site but few are as easy as making sure that the blog servivces out on the internet are aware of your blog. Not only do these blog services need to know your blog exists, they also need to know when and what you publish on your website. One of the first steps to accomplishing this is to make sure that your WordPress settings are set up so that your WpordPress blog will announce new content. WordPress has a setting that you can just add the URL’s of these updating services and WordPress will handle the rest. Some hosts may not support pinging your blog. If this is the case, get another web hosting provider. I recommend FatCow > Host your Web site with FatCow!.

How To Use the WordPress Update Services List

  1. Go to the Admin panel in your WordPress website.
  2. Open Settings in the WordPress Admin menu.
  3. Select Writing in the WordPress Admin menu.
  4. Go down to the bottom of the WordPress writing settings page and you will see a section titled Update Services.
  5. Copy the WordPress Update Service List below. (Control+C)
  6. Paste the WordPress Update Service List into the box for the Update Services. (Control+V) Make sure there is one URL per line or the WordPress Update Service will not work correctly.
  7. Make sure to save your save your settings in WordPress.

It’s as easy as that to update your WordPress Update Services. Now, whenever you post something new on your WordPress website all of these services will be pinged with the changes to your website. This can increase your website traffic quite a bit in some cases.

Here is a WordPress Update Services List I have compiled from about a dozen “comprehensive” lists that all were missing some update services or another.

WordPress Update Services List

  • http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
    http://pingler.com
    http://api.feedster.com/ping
    http://api.moreover.com/ping
    http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
    http://api.my.yahoo.co.jp/RPC2
    http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
    http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
    http://audiorpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
    http://bblog.com/ping.php
    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
    http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc/
    http://blogdigger.com/RPC2
    http://blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
    http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
    http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
    http://ping.myblog.jp/
    http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
    http://coreblog.org/ping/
    http://ping.blo.gs/
    http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc
    http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
    http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
    http://pinger.blogflux.com/rpc
    http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
    http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
    http://blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.ca/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.ch/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.cl/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.cr/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.hu/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.id/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.il/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.in/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.it/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.jp/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.ma/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.nz/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.th/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.ve/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.co.za/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.ar/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.au/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.br/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.co/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.do/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.mx/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.my/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.pe/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.sa/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.sg/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.tr/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.tw/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.ua/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.uy/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com.vn/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.de/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.es/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.fi/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.fr/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.gr/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.hr/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.ie/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.in/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.it/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.jp/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.lt/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.nl/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.pl/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.pt/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.ro/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.ru/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.se/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.sk/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.tw/ping/RPC2
    http://blogsearch.google.us/ping/RPC2
    http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
    http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
    http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
    http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
    http://xping.pubsub.com/ping
    http://ping.weblogs.se/
    http://blogmatcher.com/u.php
    http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php
    http://ping.bitacoras.com/
    http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/
    http://xmlrpc.blogg.de/
    http://1470.net/api/ping
    http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/
    http://ping.feedburner.com/
    http://rpc.newsgator.com/
    http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
    http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud
    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPCishinao.net
    http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc
    http://blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
    http://coreblog.org/ping
    http://newsisfree.com/RPCCloud
    http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc
    http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc
    http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger
    http://blogpeople.net/ping
    http://feedsky.com/api/RPC2
    http://hamo-search.com/ping.php
    http://holycowdude.com/rpc/ping
    http://newsblog.jungleboots.org/ping.php
    http://ping.blogoon.net/
    http://ping.blogs.yandex.ru/RPC2
    http://ping.fc2.com/
    http://ping.kutsulog.net/
    http://ping.namaan.net/rpc
    http://ping.snap.com/ping/RPC2
    http://ping.wordblog.de/
    http://r.hatena.ne.jp/rpc
    http://rpc.bloggerei.de/ping
    http://rpc.reader.livedoor.com/ping
    http://rpc.technorati.jp/rpc/ping
    http://rpc.twingly.com/
    http://wasalive.com/ping
    http://zhuaxia.com/rpc/server.php
    http://rpc.pingomatic.com
    http://rpc.twingly.com
    http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php
    http://www.blogsnow.com/ping
    http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php
    http://ping.feedburner.com
    http://www.feedsubmitter.com
    http://blo.gs/ping.php
    http://www.pingerati.net
    http://www.pingmyblog.com
    http://geourl.org/ping
    http://ipings.com
    http://www.weblogalot.com/ping
    http://rpc.blogcatalog.com/
    http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080
    http://www.bloglines.com/ping
    http://a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b
    http://api.my.yahoo.com/ping
    http://bitacoras.net/ping/
    http://blog.goo.ne.jp
    http://blogdb.jp
    http://blogoole.com/ping/
    http://blogoon.net/ping/
    http://blogsnow.com/ping
    http://blogupdate.org/ping/
    http://effbot.org/rpc/ping.cgi
    http://holycowdude.com/rpc/ping/
    http://imblogs.net/ping/
    http://lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
    http://packetmonster.net/xmlrpc.php
    http://ping.amagle.com/
    http://ping.bitacoras.com
    http://ping.blogg.de/
    http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc
    http://ping.fakapster.com/rpc
    http://ping.feeds.yahoo.com/RPC2/
    http://ping.myblog.jp
    http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php
    http://pingoat.com/
    http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
    http://pingqueue.com/rpc/
    http://popdex.com/addsite.php
    http://rcs.datashed.net
    http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/
    http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
    http://rpc.bloggerei.de/ping/
    http://rpc.britblog.com/
    http://rpc.tailrank.com/feedburner/RPC2
    http://rpc.wpkeys.com
    http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
    http://snipsnap.org/RPC2
    http://syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
    http://thingamablog.sourceforge.net/ping.php
    http://topicexchange.com
    http://wasalive.com/ping/
    http://weblogues.com/ping/
    http://weblogues.com/RPC/
    http://www.a2b.cc
    http://www.a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b
    http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php
    http://www.blogoole.com/ping/
    http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
    http://www.blogpeople.net
    http://www.blogroots.com
    http://www.blogsdominicanos.com/ping/
    http://www.catapings.com/ping.php
    http://www.feedsky.com/api/RPC2
    http://www.holycowdude.com/rpc/ping/
    http://www.imblogs.net/ping/
    http://www.lasermemory.com
    http://www.mod-pubsub.org/ping.php
    http://www.popdex.com
    http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php
    http://www.snipsnap.org
    http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2
    http://www.weblogues.com
    http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/
    http://www.xianguo.com/xmlrpc/ping.php
    http://www.zhuaxia.com/rpc/server.php
    http://xmlrpc.blogg.de
    http://zing.zingfast.com
    http://bitacoras.net/ping
    http://www.blogroots.com/tb_populi.blog?id=1
    http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
    http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt
    http://www.mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatter/ping.php
    http://blogs.yandex.ru/
    http://rpc.bloggerei.de/
    http://www.feedgy.com/
    http://ping.rss.drecom.jp
    http://rpc.odiogo.com/ping/
    http://pinger.blogflux.com/rpc/
    http://rpc.wpkeys.com/
    http://signup.alerts.msn.com/alerts-PREP/submitPingExtended.doz
    https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/pingPodcast

If there are any services you know about that are not on this list please post them below and I will get them added ASAP.

Good luck blogging with WordPress!

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