Today, I will show you how to change your post URL to a more friendlier version of it.
So, first of all, why would you change your post URL? Well, there are a few reasons why people(including myself) change it on a frequent basis.
- Creating a friendly link.
So, most of the people when they see a really big link of one of your posts are afraid to click it simply because they believe that it is a virus or something shady.
See the difference between them? I would definitely click the second one. It is just that I simply don’t feel comfortable with a site that has a mile long link.
The second link is definitely more friendly than the first one.
2. Realizing that it doesn’t make sense.
To most of us, non-native English speakers, sometimes it might be confusing in order to realize if one keyword is correctly written or not.
Even if you are a native, perhaps you got distracted when you wrote your URL. Perhaps you were tired and you didn’t realise it until when it was too late.
The first thing that can come to your mind is to create a new post and to copy paste the content to the new post. Well, that’s wrong because you will face duplicate content if your initial post is already indexed in a search engine.
Perhaps you wrote a year within your post. For example, “How to learn French in 2017” and your only problem is that it is 2019.
You’ll definitely need to change that to How to learn French in 2019.
There might be hundreds of reasons for why you want to change the URL of your page or post.
I already mentioned above that the worst thing you can do is to create a new post/page. That way you will get duplicate content and the new post/page won’t get indexed in the search engine.
So, how exactly can you do it?
There is a plugin called Pretty Links which allows you to basically redirect your new link to the old post. This means that if you have a post with a link : https//yourwebsite.com/post-link-a and you decide to change the post or the page link to https//yourwebsite.com/post-link-b, you will be able to the second link and post wherever you want and when clicked, people will get redirected to the first link.
In other words, when you copy paste the second link on Facebook or wherever you want, it will have the name of the second link, but when clicked, it will tell the user’s browser to go to link a which is the original link that you have on your post.
The first thing you need to do is to add the plugin.
Therefore, before we begin, make sure that you are within your site Dashboard.
1st step) While in your site Dashboard, go to the left menu and you will see a lot of features. If you look carefully, you will be able to see a feature called Plugins(see image below), just under Appearance and above Users. Hover the mouse over it and when the additional menu pops up, click on Add New.
Now, go on the right side of the screen and you will see a gap(Step 1- image below). Go on and enter “Pretty Links” within the gap and press Enter from your keyboard. The next thing you need to do is to find the Plugin(Step 2- img below).
In order to make sure that you add the right plugin, make sure that it is produced by Blair Williams and that it has over 200,000 active installs. Once you found it, click on the Install Now button(step 3 – img below). I know that mine says Active, but that’s because it is already installed and activated. If you look at the plugin on the right, you will see that the button states Install Now.
Leave some time for your program in order to be installed. Usually, it takes 10-20 seconds. When it’s finished, it will state Activate. Click the button once again in order to activate it.
Once you’re done, if you look at the left menu, you will that a new feature has been added to it: “Pretty Links”. It should be just below Settings and it should have a shooting star as its logo. Hover your mouse over it and when the additional menu pops up, click on Add New Link.
As you can see from the image above, you will have a few gaps to complete.
At the first option, you should use temporary 307. Don’t make it permanent. You will never know when you want to change it again!
Don’t worry, the plugin is free and you get to use it for lifetime. Don’t worry that you will change your url and the free trial will expire and the redirection won’t work anymore. It won’t happen!
The Target URL. This is the link that you want to change. This is the link that you currently have.
Now, pay a little attention. Make sure to check if your address to your site starts with “http://” or “https://”.
By default, it should be “http://”.
The extra s in my link stands for Security. In order to get it, you will have to get an SSL certificate. If you are a Premium member at Wealthy Affiliate, you can have it for free. In other parts, it usually costs anywhere between $80-180 per year.
Comming back to our subject, you need to make sure that you copy paste the exact link within the Target URL field.
Pretty Link gap should be filled with how you want your link to be named after. You can introduce anything you want within that gap. Just make sure that it is not the same with the termination of other links from your website.
I have the Target URL http://stanculescu-software-solutions.com/Andrei-is-pretty-Awesome
I don’t like the Andrei-is-pretty-Awesome part and I want to change it.
Therefore, at Pretty Link I insert:
Now, that we’ve done this, we can enter a title that we want, it doesn’t really matter that much.
The most important thing that you need to do is to remember to click the CREATE blue button at the bottom of the page.
That’s it! You’re done :).
Hope that helped you!