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What Is A Slug And Why Should You Care

by Adrienne Smith on February 16, 2012

What Is SlugIn my first post of this year, Exciting Things In Store For 2012, I put myself out there and asked you guys if there was anything in particular you’d like me to blog about.  Maybe there was something I could contribute to your education.  By the way, that offer is still open hint, hint…

The lovely Annie Andre’ of AnnieAndre.com threw a few topics at me that she’d like to learn.  Before deciding to write this post though I did check out my keywords through my recent report from Tynt.

If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about then be sure and read my post on How To Get Others To Build Your Links.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was only one keyword people were searching for that I didn’t provide for them on my blog.  Want to know what that was?  Happy Valentine’s Day!  Well it is this week you know.

What Is A Slug

So let’s get to the topic at hand shall we..  So what is a slug and why should you care!

A slug is basically a few words that make up the URL for your post.  It describes your post or page so in other words, it’s your URL.  If you are an SEO hound then you’ll be optimizing that slug so that the search engines are locating your keywords ASAP.

Let me show you what I mean.

The full URL of this post, also called the permalink, is http://adriennesmith.net/what-is-slug/ so “what-is-slug” is the actual slug.  Make sense?

If you’re optimizing your blog post for the search engines and you’re going after certain keywords, you want those keywords and just those keywords in your slug.  If this is the case then you need to be writing your posts for the search engines and not people.   I don’t mean to take the human element out of your posts but if you’re going after certain keywords, this is how you need to set that all up.

When you include words like “is”, “an”, “I”, “to”, “how’”, “what”, etc. in your URL, this is just filler because the search engines don’t care anything about these words.  Plus they can really make your link long for sharing purposes.  I’m guilty of doing this myself which is why this is another lesson to be learned.

How Do You Shorten Your Links?

I have a couple of solutions for you on how you can shorten your links.

The first one is the most obvious and hopefully you’re using some type of SEO plug-in on your blog.  If so you’ll want to shorten your URL in the “Custom Title Tag” section.  Mine is built in since I have Thesis so yours might be titled something different.

The other option I know of is to install yet another plug-in but I hope that won’t be necessary since I just know all of you have some type of SEO plug-in already installed.  But just in case you don’t, you know I won’t leave you hanging dry.

SEO Slug will remove all the extra words from your title like the ones I mentioned above (“is”, “an”, “I”, “to”, “how”, “what”, etc.).  The search engines just don’t care about those words anyway so they really don’t matter.

Was This Helpful?

So was this helpful?  Did most of you already know about this or is this something you hadn’t run across before?  I hope I was able to explain this so that you understand how this can really benefit you when trying to rank for certain keywords.

Let me know your thoughts on this one and Annie, I sure hope this helped.

Always looking forward to your comments and sure hope you’ll share my post with your friends.  They just may find this helpful as well.  See you guys soon.

 

 

 

 


Business Developer
Skype:  missadriennesmith
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net

 

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1 shannon February 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Ya know…..I have seen the slug section and always let it fill automatically. Oooops! I will have to pay more attention to that part of the posting procedure from now on. Yeesh! You would think after all this time I would have payed attention to that little detail.

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2 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I think like us all Shannon we don’t quite understand it so we just let it do it’s thing. I know I did for the longest time too. So hopefully this will help the next time you go to create that post.

Glad you found it helpful and enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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3 Jamella Biegel
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This post was indeed helpful as I did not know what a slug is. I haven’t been very mindful of my blog post titles in this way, and this knowledge certainly helps. I have a SEO plug in on my blog, but I don’t know if it’s removing the extra words from my titles. If not, then I will install SEO Slug. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

Until next time.

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4 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Hi Jamella,

Well I’m glad this post was helpful then.

The SEO plug-in will not automatically remove the filler words, you have to input the title yourself which is even better so don’t go installing an extra plug-in if you don’t need to. Just be sure to include the keywords you want to rank for in that particular section, that’s all. :-)

You are so very welcome and you have a wonderful day and the rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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5 Hajra
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Hey Adrienne,

I didn’t have any idea about how some words don’t really have any significance. But then again, I don’t work on these technicalities so much because I feel my blog is personal and not so business like so why bother. But yes, it does change a lot about how I am going to be titling the links from now on… I mean a little extra push never hurt a blog right?

Thanks for another informative post!

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6 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hi Hajra,

If you want your content found in the search engines whether your blog is personal or not, this tip can really help. You have to remember that the search engines aren’t people. They see keywords, not fillers. We may type in long tail keywords when we are wanting to find information so when Google brings up your results, notice the next time how it only highlights the main words you were going after. That’s what you want it to find. Those words so by shortening your title in the “Custom Title Tag” section of your SEO plug-in, this will really help with that.

You are very welcome Hajra and glad to hear that it helped.

Enjoy your night and the rest of your week okay!

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7 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I’ve been called a slug before; I’m glad to know now it was an endearing term…………

Interesting topic, certainly something I did not know. Will it make me change what I’m doing? Probably not, but if it becomes important to me down the line I will be all over it. In fact, when this does become important I know exactly whose doorstep I will be camping on…….and we will be drinking some Organo coffee and tea………..:).

Good to see you today; thanks for coming by Ken’s yesterday.

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8 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I can’t imagine anyone calling you a slug Bill! :-)

This will be something you’ll want to utilize for your company site Bill because you definitely want that content found so do remember this when it comes to writing those posts.

Hope you’re enjoying the brew and was good to read more about what you shared over at Ken’s yesterday. Anytime you need the support or another comment, give me a shout. That’s what friends are for.

Have a fabulous day Bill.

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9 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Tried the Latte this am and might be bold and try the Green Tea this afternoon….:)

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10 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Sounds good, did you like the Latte? That one has been pretty popular I must say. I’m not a green tea lover myself but this is the first one I’ve tried that I actually like. Shocked even me. :-)

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11 Annie Andre
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Adrienne,
Thanks for answering this for me. I have no idea why this used to confuse me so much. I think maybe because wordpress also calls the shortened links permalinks? I didn’t know that i should or could eliminate all those prepositions from my title. I’ll definitely do that going forward.
Thanks again. Hope you had a wonderful Valentines day. hugs kisses and all that good stuff.

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12 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Hey Annie,

I was just fixing to send you a notice on Twitter but you beat me to it. This is for you kid! :-)

I think you’re right thought, there are so many terms to everything so why do people call it one thing or another. Just stick with one term, explain to us what we need to do and be done with it. So confusing at times I agree.

I also knew that the search engines could care less about the filler words but that never stopped me from including them anyway. Let’s just make this a lesson for us all moving forward, me included.

You are so very welcome and I’m getting through my blog topics so hopefully won’t be too terribly late with the next one you asked about.

I had a great weekend last weekend celebrating Valentine’s day with my family. Hope yours was good and how romantic celebrating the day of love in France. You’re living the dream girl! ♥

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13 Stephen Peters February 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,
You are good at explaining things and getting in all the details without letting it get confusing. I think that the reason that “permalink” and “slug” can be thought to be the same is that: A permalink refers to the whole URL address like “http://adriennesmith.net/what-is-a-slug-and-why-should-you-care/”. The “slug” is just the keyword part of the URL…..like this”/what-is-a-slug-and-why-should-you-care/”. Make sense? Hope so. I loved being reminded about the extra words that Google doesn’t care about. I’ve been told that but some times I forget. My best-Stephen

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14 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Hi Stephen,

Thank you Stephen, I appreciate you saying that and I’m glad that I’m able to explain things so that others can understand much better.

You are right, the permalink is the entire URL where the slug is our headline. You did so good with sharing that so thank you for that.

Hope you have a wonderful day Stephen and thank you for your comment. It’s always greatly appreciated.

~Adrienne

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15 Pauline Bennett
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Hi Adrienne
No I have not come across the term before so thanks for telling me! I am now going to head over and check my plugins and if I have not got the SEO Slug I will install it.
I know there is so much to learn and thanks to you and a few other very helpful marketers I am gaining a lot of knowledge and will be able to pass it on to others.
Regards
Pauline

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16 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Hi Pauline,

Glad you found this helpful as well and remember if you have the SEO All In One Plug-in or one similar you would just put your title in there and you don’t need the extra plug-in. I don’t use the ones that aren’t really necessary. Just take the keywords you want to rank for in that post and place them in the title tag section.

I’m so happy to hear that you’re learning from a few of us online and that it’s helping you move forward. I really love hearing that in turn you can help others because that’s what it’s really about Pauline. We are all here to help each other out. I appreciate that so much so thank you for sharing that with me.

You have a wonderful day okay!

~Adrienne

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17 Dawn Kay
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Hi Adrienne

You definitely are not a slug misses (ha ha) and yep I’ve heard of them before…

I use the All in one plugin and I think it does a similar job to the
one your suggesting…

I think this is one of those touchy subjects where we want more traffic from the search engines but we want to keep our blogs a bit more personal too.

So what do we do???

Write for search engines or write for people??

Would love to know your thoughts!

Have a fab day

Dawn

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18 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Hey Dawn,

Ah, thank you and I’m SO happy to hear that… :-)

I’m not surprised at all about that Dawn so glad I’m not teaching you anything new here today.

You are right, the All In One plug-in will do the same, I’m just not sure what the title verbage is since I don’t use that one myself. I love that mine is built in.

I’ve read so many places that you need to write for the search engines but in my opinion, aren’t the search engines really here to help the people who are looking for what you have to offer? If you’re going after certain keywords then you can still add that personal touch to your posts yet include those keywords so that they will both benefit your readers and the search engines. We always know to put the keywords you’re going after in your headline and preferably in the first paragraph as well. You still should always write your post for your reader because they are the ones searching for your content. Wouldn’t you agree?

Thanks Dawn and hope you’re enjoying your day! :-) Always lovely to see you and I have a note right here on my pad to stop by your place this week so glad you reminded me that I need to do that today and not a day later.

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19 PJ Zafra
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Great post Adrienne! I’m a total noob when it comes to SEO. lol I do know the basics though. Thanks for explaining what a slug is. Yet again! There you are sharing these amazing plugins lol I’ve picked up some very good and helpful plugins from you. Thanks for sharing!

Have a great day! :)

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20 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Thank you Pete, so glad you found this one helpful.

I’ve never considered myself too keen on SEO either if you must know the truth. Guess that’s why I don’t have too many posts on this subject. I certainly don’t claim to be an expert like some bloggers are.

Glad to hear you’ve incorporated some of the plug-ins on your blog that I’ve shared. Great news Pete.

I’ll definitely have a great day and hope you’ll do the same. :-)

~Adrienne

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21 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Yes, it’s very important to construct your URL for the search engines rather than people, because really, people are not going to care too much about how you have your URL keyword set up, they will go by the title number 1 and your content-topic number 2.

On the other hand, Google will rank you based on your URL keywords as well as your other keywords. I love Thesis that allows you to edit your URL as you wish. That’s why having a paid premium theme when you want to blog professionally is very important.

Have a great day, Adrienne :)

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22 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Hi Sylviane,

Thank you for sharing that and you are so right. Most of the time people are searching for what you have to share in the search engines or they’ve seen your title being shared on social networking sites. They never really pay attention to the link itself so that is what is meant for the search engines. You definitely want your keywords in there for sure.

Like you, that’s why I really love Thesis too. I’ve been rather spoiled for some time now so I have to remember that not everyone has a paid theme so I have to remember what things they will need that we already have built in.

Thanks for your comment Sylviane and you have a great day as well.

~Adrienne :-)

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23 sunil
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

amazing post Adrienne..it was really informative for the new comers in blogging field like me.

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24 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Happy to hear that Sunil and glad it was helpful.

Now, when are you going to get that gravatar set up? I want to see your smiling face here too!

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25 sunil
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February 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

but i guess there are some URL shortners too that really makes your huge URL into a few words..war about that Adrienne?

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26 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

URL shortners are different then what I’m saying here. When your post goes live and you ping your site out to the search engines to notify them that you have new content, you want it easier for people to find the main keywords you’re going after. When you use a link shortener service, your keywords won’t be in that link. They are mostly good for when you’re sharing your content and you don’t want the long link to take up too much room.

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27 sunil
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February 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

oh ..thank u Adrienne. now i am clear with this doubt. ur just amazing. keep up the amazing and fabulous work.

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28 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Ah, you’re too kind. Glad that explanation helped. I will do my best my friend.

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29 sunil
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February 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

oh sure Adrienne. i was also thinking to setup my gravatar. hopefully by tomo morning.

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30 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

That sounds great Sunil, I’m looking forward to “seeing” you over here. lol… :-)

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31 Ilka Flood
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February 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Very interesting! While I kinda knew what a slug was I didn’t know the particulars around it. So thanks for explaining it in detail. By the way, I have the SEO Slugs plugin installed to remove those little “filler words.”

Thanks for another great post enlightening us!

Ilka

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32 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hey Ilka,

Since you have that particular plug-in installed then you really don’t have to worry about it as long as your keywords are in your title. But glad that my explanation helped you understand the particulars.

Always a pleasure my friend and enjoy your day! :-)

~Adrienne

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33 Michael February 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hi Adrienne – Thanks for the post. This topic is more valuable than most people realize. I would add that I’ve found it’s easy to change the slug in a WordPress site by using the Quick Edit function. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to figure that out!

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34 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hi Michael,

My pleasure Michael and thank you for that. I do believe that it’s very important to do your best to get your content recognized by the search engines and this little trick will definitely help. That’s funny because I believe this whole process is a learning experience so you are no alone my friend.

Thanks for sharing that and hope you enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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35 Carolyn
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Hi Adrienne, This is very helpful. I took the date off of my URL as you suggested in an earlier post and shortened it to the title. But I’m a bit confused about slugs. As I read your URL for this article, it is this: http://www.adriennesmith.net/what-is-slug/ so the extraneous words are in the URL. Is the slug a different URL that is sent to the search engines?

Thanks for being our tech guru!

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36 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Hi Carolyn,

Oh good for you Carolyn, glad to hear that you did change that.

Yes, the slug is what the search engines see and you should as well. When I pull up my post I see http://adriennesmith.net/what-is-slug so you aren’t seeing the same thing? Now that’s odd and I’m scratching my head wondering why. I wouldn’t think there is any delay since it was published like that. Not sure how to answer that one to be honest with you but that’s how it’s suppose to work! lol…

So who says everything has to go smoothly right! :-) Just like in some of the videos I do I keep my fingers crossed I don’t make a fool out of myself.

Thanks Carolyn and have a fabulous day okay!

~Adrienne

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37 Carolyn
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Okay, this is weird. My email notice came through with your slug link and I also opened this post in Firefox with your slug link. It’s only in my Chrome browser that I got the full link. Perhaps I have a Chrome plugin that shows me the full link?

Sorry to confuse things. Often my tech is a bit altered because I various software, addons, apps, etc. that I test.

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38 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I thought that was kind of weird Carolyn but hey, weird things happen right!

I doubt you have any type of Chrome extension that does that because my main browser is Chrome and it showed up in mine. I very seriously doubt there is any type of delay with this like I mentioned but stranger things have happened. I just hate that it’s showing up differently in different browsers perhaps. I think I might have to do some research on that one. :-)

Thanks for letting me know though Carolyn. I appreciate that!

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39 Carolyn
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I re-opened this post in Chrome and the slug was there. Perhaps a caching glitch? Again, sorry to muddy the waters here. (Hey, at least you got a lot of hits from me, lol!)

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40 Adrienne Smith
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February 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I keep forgetting about the caching so perhaps it was a glitch there. It causes me problems every now and then so let’s chalk it up to that shall we? Hey, I always enjoy hearing from you and we do need to resolve this issue right!

Thanks Carolyn!

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41 Carolyn
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I just feel bad that I confused the situation. I will say that the page I loaded with the full URL was just as soon as you published it, though I didn’t get around to commenting for a few hours I kept the page open. But now that I open it again the slug is still there! Yea!

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42 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Ah no problem Carolyn because it could have happened to someone else and they would have been confused. This way we know possibly what happened so that’s a good thing. It was a learning experience for us both! You know how I do love to learn! :-)

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43 Sonia
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

You know I had heard of that term, but didn’t really dig deeper to figure out what it meant. This really helps me because there are a few posts that I have included words that didn’t need to be there. In Wordpress, it automatically suggests a title for you and does the break up, but it always includes each and every word in the post title. I never thought about shortening it up, let alone what a slug can do for your posts. Thanks Adrienne for clearing that up!

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44 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Hey Sonia,

You were kind of like me probably, I’ll get to that later and later never came. :-)

Glad this one helped clear this definition up so now we know right!

My pleasure Sonia and always a pleasure to see you. Hope you’re having a great week.

~Adrienne

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45 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Great post and very useful for people who are not sure what the slug does. (eats your vegetable patch).

I use the Thesis theme too, but I don’t use the custom link or the plugin.

If you change your permalink settings to post name in the settings-permalinks section of your WP admin panel, this allows you to edit the title of your post in the standard new post section of your current WP admin panel without using a plugin.

I try to link everything together, my title links, tags, description and key words. It seems to work well.

I’m sure I am number 1 in the UK for my last post – search ‘multi format blogging’. Not sure about the US. Google seems to favour you from your home/office/regular IP address and puts you on the first page giving you a false ranking so I can’t always tell.

Thanks for the update Adrienne.

Have a great week.

Dan

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46 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Hey Dan,

Yeah, I always thought of slugs as those slimy creatures too. Okay, that’s the picture I always get in my head that is…

That’s interesting and I do have my permalink set up for just the name. So when I edit my post title and it asks me if I want it shortened at the top, I can do it there too? I’ve just been putting it in the custom tag section of the SEO area which you gathered by my post I’m sure.

I do as well Dan, link everything together and I know that Google is one of my top traffic sources so I must be doing something right! :-)

I don’t like the way Google has restructured their searches either. I hate having to turn off the personal searches when I now go to check things out and I’ve learned over time that we do get false rankings which is really hard when you’re trying to teach others how this is all done. At least it is for me since I’m no SEO guru.

Thanks Dan for your input and that tip. Always a pleasure to have you visit my little blog. Love seeing your smile.

Have a great rest of your week too and I’ll do my very best!

~Adrienne

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47 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I was going to change my Avatar Adrienne. Maybe I might keep it?

As for the title links, yeah I just use the edit feature adjust the title there. It works for me. I suppose you could use either, it’s just what I am used to.

It saves another plugin for the guys using themes with no title SEO features.

Thanks Adrienne.

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48 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Hope you weren’t changing it to something other than your smiling face. I definitely know how badly I need a new photo. I just look the same though which is the only reason I haven’t changed it. I just need someone to take the time to shoot more photos of me. I’m usually the one behind the camera.

I never thought of that seriously. Dah! See, another lesson learned and I just went to one of my other blogs that’s not on the thesis theme and it’s just part of WordPress. I love that, thanks Dan!

I know that some people prefer easy and simple which is where the plug-ins come in but like you, if I don’t have to have it I don’t want one. Save it for one I’ll really need.

Have a great weekend Dan. Will be by your place here in a bit.

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49 Linda February 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

This post caught my attention because I thought you were talking about the pest we sometimes get in our gardens..lol.

So, I didn’t know what that term really meant ;-)

Never think to take out those less important words, will have to try to remember that next time.

Thanks for the explanation on a “slug”.

Enjoy your day!
Linda

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50 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Hey Linda,

Well, I wanted you to feel at home when you got here because that’s usually what I think of when I think of slug. Now you know there’s another term people use for that and it’s not a nasty creature but something you definitely should be checking out.

Glad you found this helpful and hope you’re enjoying your day!

~Adrienne :-)

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51 Janet Callaway
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Actually had never heard the term slug before. Like Carolyn, I removed the date from my URL. Like Carolyn, I have the same question on a different URL being sent to the search engines.

Love these basics that you are teaching us. Thanks so much.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Aloha. Janet

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52 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Hi Janet,

So you’ve never heard this term, I guess there are still a lot of people who haven’t obviously.

Glad to hear that you cleaned up your URL, that really does help the search engines you know! I hope my answer to Carolyn’s helped with what you wanted to know. Hopefully you’re seeing the one I included. Not sure what’s up with that. Delayed reaction maybe?

Thank you Janet and glad these basics are helping. Like I mention numerous times, I never realize how much I know until I share it and realize how much others don’t know yet. Just glad I’m able to help with some of that.

I appreciate that Janet and I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. May it be one of your best ever! :-)

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53 Rob Lipscombe February 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for this post, it’s really helped because I didn’t really understand slugs. Now you’ve cleared that up I know what to do with all my future posts.

Rob.

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54 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Hi Rob,

Glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful. There is so much stuff to learn online so I do hope that I’ll be able to shed a little light on some things for you.

I appreciate your comment Rob and hope you’re enjoying your day!

~Adrienne

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55 Bev February 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Intresting, thought it was something like that. I am new at all this tech stuff. I have a blog I can’t even edit for some reason, so frustrating. I have been paying attention to the slugs though, if I ever get traffic maby I can figure outif I am doing something right. Have a great day and keep up the good work, thanks for the information. Really good stuff to build upon. Dr. Bev

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56 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I’m not able to help you with your blog I’m afraid since it’s the free WordPress platform. I’ve never used that although I would think is’t similar to edit. I’m sure you can do a Google search and locate some videos that will walk you through.

I have several posts on my site that will help you with how to drive traffic to your site so just head over to the archive page and take a look around. Hope you find something helpful.

Thank you for sharing Bev and have a wonderful day!

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57 Cathy
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I hadn’t put much thought into my slugs, so will check this out on my site. I do still have the date on mine, so will take that off, and check the custom title tag section as see what I can find out. Always great to have this information.

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58 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Hi Cathy,

I know what you mean, I never gave it much thought either which you can tell by a lot of my older posts. It can help though in the long run so since this is the beginning of a new year, why not start implementing that now!

Always a pleasure to see you and hope you’re doing well today.

~Adrienne

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59 Allie
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Adrienne,

I have seen SEO Slug in action and it really works. It’s a nice plugin.

I simply edit my slug every time I post. I think I just like to have total control over my posts, which sometimes causes me to use more time writing and editing, oh well. I can’t let go. :-)

You know what I have seen some of the biggest and longest running bloggers not shorten their slugs. I always wondered if they just don’t care or figure, hell I’ve been around long enough my seo is just fine.

I shorten mine for aesthetic reasons. I want the URL to look nice and not be so long that people can’t remember it.

~Allie

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60 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hi Allie,

Glad that you’re able to report successfully that the SEO Slug plug-in is a good one.

I like to be in control of my posts too Allie, I think we all really should. This is our name on the line right!

I have noticed as well and heard that a lot of big name bloggers don’t worry about their URL’s so maybe they already had their following and just chose not to worry about it. I can’t for the life of me think that they just don’t know any better. They of all people should and we should be learning these types of things from them.

I’m a little late to the boat too because it’s one of those things I hadn’t gotten use to doing and kept forgetting. Better late than never right!

Thanks Allie and enjoy your day and your weekend.

~Adrienne

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61 Jeevanjacobjohn
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Awesome stuff!

I have never read any posts on Wordpress slugs. Your posts clears up a lot of my doubts on the importance of slugs. Thanks!

I use Yoast to manage all my SEO stuff (Yoast has a slug management tool inside it, so I didn’t have to worry much about it). Now, after reading your post, I have a better understanding of what slugs are about. To be honest, I don’t really care about all this Search engine optimization stuff. But, I still have to do it because I know the importance of organic traffic from various search engines.

Anyways, thanks for the awesome read,

Jeevan Jacob John

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62 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Hey John,

Great to “see” you! :-)

Glad to hear this post was helpful. At least you have a better understanding of why they are important even if you aren’t really implementing this.

I’ve never used the Yoast SEO plug-in but I hear it’s a great one. Nice to know they have this built in so you’re set. SEO is important if you want people to find your content because we really do want new people reading our post.

Thanks for your comment and I appreciate you stopping by. It’s a pleasure.

Have a great weekend..

~Adrienne

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63 Jeevanjacobjohn
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Thanks for the reply :)

Yes, it is a really helpful plugin. The only disadvantage is that if you start using it, you have to stick with it (Unless it is possible to important all the SEO data to another plugin). Many theme frameworks like Thesis and Headway have their own SEO options (I use Headway and I can’t really import the SEO data, so I am stuck with using Yoast). This cannot be a good thing if you are switching to a new theme with better SEO options (which is what happened to me).

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64 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Ah, so they’ve got you with having to stick with their plug-in so I guess I’m glad I never got started with them. To be honest with you, I found it way too confusing for me. I need simple my friend, simple. :-)

Thanks for sharing that with me. Good to know.

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65 Jeevanjacobjohn
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yeah, it is a bit confusing at first (but you will have to cope with it, unless you have different options).

Thesis does have great SEO options. I did use Thesis for some days – about a day if remember it right. Every went alright for the first few hours. But, then I began to face problems (examples: I tried changing some options but for some reason it didn’t reflect on my site). Tried fixing it by removing, re installing but that didn’t work. I finally got impatient with it and went for a refund (which I think was a mistake).

No problem and thanks for the reply :)

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66 Deeone Higgs
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Hi Adrienne,

When I first started out blogging, I was simply just leaving the number that WordPress provide the post with. I had no clue that was hurting my chances of getting found. Luckily, I ran across a post that went into great detail and I begin incorporating the tips the young lady provided in her post.

However, sometimes I still see some links after I’ve commented on a post or what have you, and I notice a “/#comment-1837″ (not a real number, of course). Does that mean anything in particular? For instance, when I try and maybe Digg a post; Digg will not allow the post to be uploaded. It then says something about “this URL could not be crawled” or something like that. Is that addition hurting anything? Or is it just stating that you’ve made a comment?

Thanks in advance.

Very helpful post, BTW! ;)

Hope you’re having a wonderful day. Cheers!

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67 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Hey Deeone,

Glad you learned this early on and hopefully you’ve seen some good results from your efforts.

Are you saying that your link to your post has this blurb at the end and not theirs? So when you also try to Digg that same post, this is the link you are trying to digg? If that’s the case, I’m not really sure because that should be on their post and that would be an issue with their blog. I’m not sure why Digg would say their link isn’t crawled. Scratching my head over that one.

Hope that helped somewhat. I guess we’ll see. :-)

Tghanks Deeone and hope you’re having a great week and ready for the weekend. See you soon.

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68 Deeone Higgs
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Yeah, I’m thinking it is something going on with their site. It’s a few sites that I’ve visited and Digg won’t crawl the link. The next time it happens, I’ll just inform the blogger and let them know what I’ve discovered. Thanks anyhow for your help on it. :)

My weekend is fastly approaching to begin, and man am I in need of it too. :D

Hope you enjoy yours as well. :) May it be a relaxing one for you. Chat with you soon. Ta ta for now. ;)

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69 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Never hurts to let them know cause I think it’s probably something wrong on their end or Digg’s.

I’ve got to work this weekend and clean house but will sneak some fun in there too tomorrow night. Going to a birthday gathering so that will be fun. Weather permitting that is.

Have a relaxing one yourself Deeone.

:-)

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70 Brock Blohm
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

You got it. Anywhere you can place they keyword of the post you are writing about is great. Even Google’s official ‘indexing methods’ that we can read, mentions that it looks for relevance, including the keyword in the slug. The more keywords in different places, the better. Just don’t overdo it in the actual post. 3-5% is plenty :).

Thanks for sharing.

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71 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I appreciate you sharing that with us Brock, thank you. Google does love relevant information pertaining to your content.

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend. :-)

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72 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Here I was wondering if you were going to start talking about some kind of nasty seafood recipe or blood letting. lol Like a lot of other people I’d never seen a permalink called a slug before either. Strange term for sure; probably not an American that came up with it. lol

As for changing links, I’m thinking you or someone said that you can actually always change your link on Wordpress in the area just above where you write your post. I rarely do it to tell you the truth. I do use All In One SEO though, and sometimes I shorten or tighten up the title there, which seems to work wonders.

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73 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I bet you were having visions of what I was going to talk about right Mitch! Too funny…

Dan mentioned that in his comment so you can also change it there as well, yes. I’ve always done it in the SEO area like you as well Mitch and just never paid attention to the editing feature in the post itself. I guess when I learn a certain thing I just continue with that because it works.

Thanks for sharing that and enjoy your day. Hope you’re looking forward to the weekend.

~Adrienne :-)

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74 Viola Tam
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Hi, Adrienne,

Very interesting post and a great lesson for me as I am very new to this SEO thing.

I appreciate your sharing. This makes life much easier for newer bloggers like me. I am sure to return to your blog!

Keep up the great work, Adrienne.

Viola Tam

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75 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hi Viola,

SEO has never been my strong suit either but when I do learn simple things I enjoy sharing. Happy to hear that this will help you as well.

Thank you Viola and you have a wonderful day! Hope you are looking forward to your weekend.

~Adrienne

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76 Mike Beaumont
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Adrienne, I am glad someone finally asked and answered that question. I have been wondering about that for a while now. I will eventually maybe coulda shoulda woulda figured it out…LOL.
I guess if I would have taken more than just one minute to think about it, i could have googled it and maybe figured it out, but I have such limited time anymore lately I figured just getting my links and pictures and keywords put it were enough. Silly Me. I am glad we have someone such as you to set us straight. I am learning a little bit everyday, and I suppose that is the way we are supposed to do it. Keep it coming my friend, and I will keep soaking it in. I have a little desktop notebook that is getting filled up with all the little tidbits I am learning as I go so that maybe someday I will be able to pass this along to someone else that may need the help. I am so glad I was able to connect with you.

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77 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Hi Mike,

I do the same thing as well Mike. I’ll run across something and if I don’t research it right then and there or write myself a note to do it when I have more time, I forget about it. I’ll regret it later not having put that time aside.

Learning little things as we go is what this is all about. You’ll look back like me and forget just how much you do know that others don’t. Every single day people are finding their way online and starting fresh just like we did. They have yet to know one single thing so we can always help those people.

I’m glad we connected as well and I have the lovely Norma to thank for that. Keep up the good work and hope your blog is coming along nicely.

Enjoy your weekend Mike.

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78 Donna Merrill
Twitter:
February 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Adrienne, I am so glad you mentioned changing the URL.. It is so important for SEO ranking. I’ve seen a change since I have been doing it. Thanks Adrienne, You always give me great points to follow.
Donna

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79 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Hey Donna,

I’m so happy to hear that this has benefited you so my readers will be thrilled to hear that these small changes can really make a big difference.

Thank you for sharing that Donna and I hope you enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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80 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Loved the post Adrienne!

This is exactly something that I was looking for, as I did read somewhere that ideally we should remove the date and month from our posts ( I think it was here on your blog only!)- but never really knew how and what to do about it!

Had never heard of ‘slug’ that had a relation with the URL- sure is news to my ears! And the easy with which you explain things makes it all the more easy to understand them :)

I just removed the dates and month that would come along with the URL earlier, and now it looks nice-short and sweet!

So, I am going to head right away at the SEO Slug Plugin and give it a look, though just as Dan Sumner mentioned above, wouldn’t the URL get shortened with just the option of ticking the post name in the permalinks settings of our WordPress blog? Or you do feel that we should install the SEO Slug plugin?

Thanks again for this wonderful source of information :)

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81 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Thank you for that Harleena, so happy to hear!

I had mentioned to Carolyn in another post comment that the category and date in your URL doesn’t so the search engines any good. I believe I had also shared about changing your permalink coding too so glad you remembered that.

I’m glad that the way I explain things are easy to understand. That’s my goal but it’s good to know that I am explaining it the way it’s intended. I never know unless people tell me so I appreciate that Harleena.

Yes, Dan to the rescue. You can do it there as well and the only reason I didn’t mention it was because I had learned to do it in the SEO plug-in. Never even crossed my mind that you could edit it there as well. See, we all learned something new from Dan which is why I LOVE for people to share their thoughts with me. I’m always learned from you guys too. So either way is good Harleena.

My pleasure and thank you for your comment. You know I always enjoy seeing you and hearing from you. Have a fabulous day and weekend ahead.

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82 Morris
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I don’t recal ever being called a slug. However, I narrowly dodged being on the receiving end of a dodge. We tech guys have a tendency to describe things in a funny way.
What I find outstanding about your word, Adrienne, is that you can write such a wonderful article from it.

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83 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I don’t think I’ve ever been called a slug either Morris but I could be wrong! :-) Ah you tech guys, you sure have a lot of patience with us..

Thank you Morris, I appreciate that. I love to share helpful information but make the learning process kind of fun. No one likes boring stuff when it comes to figuring all this out right!

Enjoy your day now and have a really fun weekend too. :-) Always appreciate hearing from you.

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84 Leora Wenger
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Hi, Adrienne!

Love the illustration. Great use of an image on a post.

Just want to remind folks that if you change the slug on a post for a post that has already been tweeted and indexed in search engines, you will want to redirect the old link so it won’t get lost in the shuffle. An easy way to do this is to use a redirect plugin.

Have a great weekend!

– Leora

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85 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hi Leora,

Thank you, I grabbed an image from one of those free sites and created my own little blurb with it. Thought it would be fun.

That’s a good point Leora if people are going to go back and change their links. I suggest doing it from this day forward so that you won’t have to include yet another plug-in if not necessary. But your suggestion is spot on so thank you for that.

Have a great weekend as well Leora and hope you have some fun things planned.

~Adrienne

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86 Barry Ranns
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Great information again, and I must admit, I have always published my slug just as Wordpress puts it as you type the title. Now I know better, and can start doing something else right.

You’re a real little gold mine, and no fool’s gold either,

Barry

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87 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Hey Barry,

Thank you for that, I’m happy that you continue to learn things from me. Who knew I’d ever be called a teacher! I love that.

Thanks Barry and enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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88 dave friant February 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Did I already know this, but was it helpful, think so. I only knew about it because I read about it in another blog. So if someone asked you to write about the subject and I didn’t know about it until I came across it in a blog post then I’d so there are going to be people who will find this helpful.

I use SEO Slugs. Although writing for search engines can be a little dehumanizing to our blogs I feel it’s kind of crucial in the beginning until we establish a readership. What good is having a blog that’s all warm and glowing when no one see’s it.

Thanks for the post

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89 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Glad to know you already knew about this Dave and that you actually did read it on another blog post. Guess that means we’re doing our jobs right which is helping people learn!

So the SEO Slugs plug-in works great for you as well. That’s good to hear since it was recommended by others. You are right, writing for the search engines can at times be dehumanizing but the way I look at that is who do you think is finding your content? Real humans and a good bit of us want your content written for us. If you can combine the two you have a winning combination.

Thanks Dave!

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90 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM

A slug is a cute little critter that I’ve been keeping my eye on, and by that I mean I am mindful to include a keyword in my post title and usually simplify the slug for SEO.

Though I recently read an article that warned of having a slug far different from the blog title and blog post! Apparently some people are trying to manipulate the system by putting keywords in the slug that don’t directly relate to the post and savvy readers are becoming wary of posts that don’t immediately relate to the slug. If a reader doesn’t immediately see that your post is, in fact, discussing the keywords in the slug, they may consider the post too spammy.

Most of us aren’t going to use keywords in our slug that aren’t in our post, however the article warned of not matching the slug closely to the blog title, even if the topic of the post is relevant to the keywords.

Thank you, once again, for sharing a wonderful wealth of knowledge and information, Adrienne! I always learn something new when visiting your blog!

Have a grateful day!

Chrysta

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91 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Aren’t you the best little student Chrysta! Bravo girl, I’m very impressed and not at all surprised really.

I shouldn’t be shocked that some people are trying to manipulate this as well. Happy to hear that people are getting suspicious of some of this. I honestly don’t really pay that much attention to the URL’s myself. What catches my eyes are the headlines, titles and like you said, the majority of the people we visit don’t practice this underhandedness. Darn good thing too! :-)

Thank you for sharing that with me Chrysta, I haven’t read that so it’s good to know and I guess I just need to start paying more attention right!

Hope you’re having a great day and getting ready for the weekend.

Happy Anniversary! :-)

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92 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I haven’t been focusing on slugs that much, but I know about them and how important they are for SEO. It all changed for me after I installed a SEO plugin that told me exactly what to do, so now, every time I focus on a keyword I’ll be sure to add it to the slug as well :)

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93 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I love the SEO features on our blogs Jens, they do make a world of difference. Happy to hear that you’ll be paying attention to this feature as well.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful week and ready for the weekend. :-)

See you soon!

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94 sunil
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

hey Adrienne i really liked your Home Business Basic Training. it is really informative and amazing. and hope u like my new gravatar.

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95 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

And there he is, his smiling face… Hey Sunil, I love the photo and glad you are getting some use from my training site. Thanks for sharing this with me.

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96 Praveen Rajarao
Twitter:
February 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Adrienne – Thanks for bringing up this topic. It has been of some debate as to how we should customize the post-slug or the permalink, some like it the way you and me have i.e. the postname followed by our domain names.

However some argue that if you have the slug in the day & month format, it is more SEO optimized and makes your page indexed easier.

Never understood which is better for SEO, but i like the post name since it makes it easier for reading and remembering the URL.

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97 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Hi Praveen,

I think it all has to do with who you speak with because not everyone agrees on this topic but me personally, the keywords you want to rank for is what the search engines are interested in. I can’t see that the day and month would have anything to do with getting them indexed quicker. I’ve heard nothing but the opposite from the people I have been learning from. So I’ll continue to go with what works for me which is of course what I share anyway.

Glad you feel the same way Praveen and I think we’re right on this one. :-)

Always enjoy seeing you and loved your 7 links challenge post. Maybe we should do one of those each year! That would be fun to reflect back.

Enjoy your weekend.

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98 Marcus Baker
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Try as I might I always find the word SLUG as odd!

I can’t help it but all I can think of are those horrible “shell-less” snails in the garden also called slugs. I just wonder how the word came to be associated with a part of a post URL. Any ideas?

Be that as it may I use built in SEO functionality on my blog which takes care of this and which you discuss above so thankfully it is one less thing to take care of. Thanks for sharing on this topic Adrienne!

~Marcus

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99 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Hi Marcus,

I’m not exactly sure who the heck came up with this term for this particular thing either Marcus. I also find it rather odd.

Glad to hear you have this taken care for you. It does make it much easier doesn’t it!

Thanks Marcus and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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100 Steve
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Adrienne,

This is an absolutely wonderful tip. I still remember when i first learned about slugs. I think of it as an important day in the growth of my SEO knowledge. It allows tight keyword usage while still giving you the ability to write more engaging titles. A great tip!

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101 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Thanks Steve, I appreciate that and am glad that Annie reminded me that this is a topic I should share. You are right, it really does help our understanding of the benefits of SEO and using those necessary keywords in our titles.

So glad I shared this one now.

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102 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I’m using “Gensis” on most of my Blogs, so all of my SEO is taken care of. However, it did get me thinking about the forums. I can see that phpBB has their own permalink system in place, and as far as post titles are concerned, I stay strickly on point.

If I’m writing about permalinks on my Blog, I’ll go with something like “Permently linked to the Internet … for now” With the forums I’ll go with “WordPress Permalinks”, once again staying strickly on point.

When I went to Google the forums and selected “more results”, it came back with 7 pages of nothing but my links by name of forum and relevant subjects. How cool is that ? It would appear that Google ranks and indexs forums differently.

When I Google Bloggers Market I get a mess really! Oh, Well ….. we live and learn! I had fun though! :)

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103 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Hey Jeffrey,

That’s good to hear that Genesis has that taken care of as well. That’s another reason I love the paid themes. They take care of some of this for us already.

Glad to hear that your forum posts are showing up in the search engines. I know that when I would search for answers to some questions I’d have that a lot of forum posts would show up. Well heck, that’s where a lot of people go to have their questions answered so that’s good to know.

You must be such a proud Dad!!! Glad to hear you’ve been having fun! :-)

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104 Ed Welch February 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Interesting, I know that I have heard that term but I can’t think where. It is true the point that you raised. Do you write your blog posts for your readers or for SEO purposes. I fully understand why we should lean towards SEO. I would say for your readers. But one more thing to think about. Another lesson learnt.
On another not I’ve been wondering for a while which theme you use. Now you’ve just answered the question.

Ed.

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105 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Hi Ed,

I think some people can be rather torn about this issue but I think it’s really possible to write for both actually. Maybe I’m wrong, who knows.

All you had to do was ask Ed and I would be happy to share that with you. Plus I have an ad in my sidebar for Thesis so that would have been a dead giveaway too! :-)

Thanks for stopping by and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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106 Dia February 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Excellent post my friend! Yep slug is very important, at least in my case. As you might have guessed, I big on SEO and it is one of my marketing strategy, so having a slug is of course very important. Thanks for sharing the great tip my friend :)

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107 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Hey Dia,

I can definitely see where this would be benefiting you. It’s really important to write for the search engines and I believe you can actually write for both, them and your readers. All I can say is that you’re doing a fabulous job of that! :-)

Thanks Dia as always, pleasure seeing you here! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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108 Oliver Tausend
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Hi Adrienne,

thanks for sharing your knowledge. I have used this plugin since the beginning of my blogging days and I agree that it is very very useful. The url is for search engines anyway, is it not ?

Be blessed

Oliver

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109 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Hi Oliver,

Glad to hear that and it’s been working wonders. You are right, the URL is for the search engines. I seriously hardly ever pay attention to it myself.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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110 Radu
Twitter:
February 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Hey Adrienne,
Luv your wordpress oriented posts. The slug concept is simple yet very useful when it comes to optimize your url for the SEO adventure :) Yes, as you said the SEO slug is very useful because you don’t have to use a single brain cell on optimizing it. Yet, adding the keyword as a slug directly is just as simple. In any case, if it’s readable and friendly, it doesn’t matter what option you choose.

Thanks for sharing this post with us Adrienne :) Boy, a lot of activity in the comments area..Keep it up!

Blessings,
Radu

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111 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Hi Radu,

Glad to hear you enjoy these types of posts. A few tips here and there are always good to know right!

The plug-in is simple but if you already have one or can just edit it in your post, no need to anything extra. I guess it’s just remembering to do it for some.

Thanks for stopping by and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you. :-)

Have a great week!

~Adrienne

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112 Simon Duck
Twitter:
February 20, 2012 at 4:19 AM

I’ve never really though how important or not it was putting certain words within the slug of the URL. I always knew that there was no point putting these words in a search on Google – unless you are doing a very specific search! – But normally I just leave Wordpress to create my slugs, I’ll start taking out these little filler words in future.

Thanks for the advice,
Regards,
Simon Duck

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113 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Another lesson learned right Simon! If you want people to find your information then you definitely have to make it easy for the search engines to locate you. I never realized how a few extra words could hurt me in the long run. I definitely know now!

Thanks Simon for your contribution to this conversation. I always enjoy hearing others opinions.

Enjoy your week okay!

~Adrienne

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114 Ashvini
Twitter:
February 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Totally agree, slug is quite neglected. It is very important to leave out the words that you mentioned. I have not done so till now and I know its very important. Time to get back in action.

Thanks for heads up once again :).
Have a great day :)

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115 Samantha Bangayan
Twitter:
February 20, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I had no idea what the title of the post would lead to, Adrienne. This was definitely an informative post for me! =) I’ve seen people removing useless words from their URLs, but I had no idea that leaving them in could be detrimental. Now that I’m using an SEO plug-in, it has reminded me that I need to have my exact keyword phrase in the URL — sometimes, I leave in a secondary keyword or extra text that could help with the search or identifying the post. This is okay, right?

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116 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I know, that title can be misleading right! But it definitely got your attention!

Your URL’s are mainly for the search engines so using words that people wouldn’t normally include when searching for information isn’t really going to help you much. The easiest way for me to explain this is to think like the people who would be searching for your content. Do you think they’ll include that secondary keyword in their original search? If so then include it but if not, chunk it. Just think like your readers and you’ll do fine.

Great to see you busy lady! Always a pleasure.

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117 Avatar February 20, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Hi Adrienne!!!
That was a great idea! So “slug” is the way to have more traffic.

I noticed that you have sweet smiling face, I think you’re happy for sharing what you have experienced and you are for our success also.
Thanks for sharing.

All the best ,

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118 Adrienne Smith
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February 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Hi Avatar, is that really your name? This is a first for me… :-)

Your slug is the URL for the search engines. That’s definitely who we want to please right!

I’m all smile Avatar, all smile. I have a pretty big personality and a very happy person so I can’t help myself really. I love helping people learn and grow, it’s my passion. Thank you for saying that and I’m pleased you took the time to stop by today.

Hope you have a great week.

~Adrienne

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119 Lenia
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February 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hi Adrienne!
I think I am doing something wrong here. Ok, i didn’t know what is slug and thank you for the explanation.
In my WordPress site I have installed the All in one SEO plugin. Nevertheless every time I post an article I re write manually the Title, the Meta description and the keywords that are related to this plugin.
Usually i put the title of my post in the title tag…and i manually write a description trying to use one or 2 keywords….
On the other hand, the permalinks are editable…aren’t they? So when I have a very big post title I try to make it smaller. (In addition, my titles are in Greek and I don’t know if it is good to keep my permalinks in greek or write them in english or greeklish – greek with latin characters).

Do I do something wrong? Yes I am sure that there is something i don’t do well but I ignore it…
Take care!

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120 Adrienne Smith
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February 21, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Hi Lenia,

So what do you think you’re doing wrong because you really didn’t say. You’re rewriting your titles in the title description area which is good. If for some reason they aren’t posting like you have them written you can always edit the permalink itself that is right below your headline in your post. Either place is good.

If you are writing your post in Greek then they can be translated so I would assume that it wouldn’t matter if your URL is in Greek or not. If you’re writing mainly for that audience then the search engines are picking it up in that language.

Hope that answered your questions.

Have a good day okay! I’ll see you later.

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121 Lenia
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February 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Hey Adrienne!
Thank you!
I thought I was doing something wrong…but with you answer i see that what I am doing is ok. So, what I do with the All in SEO plugin is just fine…
About the SEO slug, I don’t have to install it because I have the SEO plugin, isn’t it?

You are right about the url in Greek. On the other hand, some bookmarks (for instance stumble upon) don’t accept a url which contains greek characters. There is always a mistake and I thing it might be because of the language. That is the reason why I write my permalink in latin characters….

Thank you very much for your answers and your help :)

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122 Adrienne Smith
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February 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Absolutely Lenia, if you already have the All In One SEO Pack plug-in you don’t need the SEO Slug plug-in. That’s just for people who don’t.

That’s interesting to know that StumbleUpon doesn’t accept URL’s in Greek. I learned something new today.

My pleasure and thanks for your responses as well. :-)

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123 Nicky
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February 22, 2012 at 6:09 AM

That’s interesting to know Adrienne – It’s something I do, but didn’t really know why – but I guess I did realise it had to be for SEO, I had just never heard the term “slug” before – not especially pleasant is it :-) but thanks for sharing this info.
Nicky

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124 Adrienne Smith
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February 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

It is kind of a yucky name for an SEO feature, I agree. Glad to know you’re already doing it so now I was able to share with you why! :-)

Thanks Nicky!

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125 Ken Pickard
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February 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Adrienne,

I love that you can still talk about the blog basics till the cows come home. Now I mean that the best way possible. These little tid bits of information often get glassed over by most bloggers because once you learn it you can easily think “most people know this.”

I shorten my “slug” all the time with just the key word. There’s no need to give Google any more than is necessary. Thanks for the value you always bring to the party!

Ken Pickard
The Network Dad

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126 Adrienne Smith
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February 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Hey Ken,

I do forget how much I do know and don’t really remember as being so very important. But I’m glad that Annie asked this question and I soon learned that more people wanted to know this same thing. Just glad to have been able to help even in some small way.

Thanks Ken and hope your week is going well.

~Adrienne

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127 Cat Alexandra
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February 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Oh this is some great stuff on SEO right here! I will be the first to admit that I don’t take enough care with my slugs. I’m working on this in 2012 because I have tons of monster-sized permalinks as a result of not tweaking this last year.

I didn’t know about the SEO slug plugin you mentioned, but it sounds like a simple way to get the job done without much fuss. I’m definitely going to check that out for myself!

I think it’s great how you’re doing classroom style lessons based on reader demand! Great idea! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store! The year is still young!!

Cat ;)

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128 Adrienne Smith
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February 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Hey Cat,

I’ve never been that great at SEO either Cat so I enjoyed doing this for Annie. I learned this some time ago but just got on my roll and kind of forgot about it. Didn’t really pay that much attention until she brought it up and then it’s like I’m slapping myself in the head going girl, what’s the matter with you.

Love these reminders so I’m glad she asked this question. You know me by now Cat, whatever I can do to help out just ask. Okay, so they did and here ya go! I soon found out there were more people who really didn’t pay much attention to this either.

Thanks for your comment and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

Enjoy your weekend okay!

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129 Cat Alexandra
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February 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Oh I feel you on this one, Adrienne! lol I have a list that is nearly a mile long of things that I’m “working in” – so sometimes getting a reminder here and there is a good thing because it comes right when it’s relevant to be taking a 2nd look or taking some action!

And thanks for the weekend wishes! I’m actually headed out of town for some fun in the snow with my loved ones! Should be lotsa fun! I love my February!!

You have a great weekend too!!

Cat ;)

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130 Adrienne Smith
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February 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

That list can get rather long right Cat!

You have a great time girl. I’ll be heading to my Mom’s on Sunday but it’s to visit a friend in the hospital and then clean out her gutters. I won’t allow her on the ladder anymore so I do it for her. I’ll still enjoy her company that’s for sure. Me and Kayla! You be safe okay!

:-)

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131 Cat Alexandra
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February 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Oh yes it can be!! lol

Well I will most DEFINITELY have some fun this weekend – and will surely keep it safe! I hope you do the same! I know getting up on ladders can be a bit of a balancing act. You’re a sweet daughter and friend!

Enjoy the company!!

Cat

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132 Sarah Reece February 27, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Hey Adrienne,

This is a great post, so simple, crisp and easy to understand. I did not know anything about Slug and haven’t really bothered much about it in the past. Couldn’t even imagine that search engines paid any heed to it. Now that I know it surely helps to pay attention to how the words in slug are chosen, I’ll be mindful of it.

Thanks for sharing such an important lesson.

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133 Adrienne Smith
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February 27, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Hi Sarah,

The slugs are for the search engines so it’s important to help them out in this respect. Glad you got something from this post and I appreciate your visit. Nice to have you and I hope you’ll come back again soon.

Enjoy your week.

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134 Astro Gremlin March 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Adrienne, appreciate this post and the discussion. I use Headspace2 which provides a box to paste the slug. I tend to just paste the long title (also in Headspace) as the slug. It seems to work OK. The post below got top ranking in Google and more than 700 views in one day. I usually get about 100 for all posts and pages. Have no idea, though, why it was ranked so high and would love to know why. :)

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135 Adrienne Smith
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March 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Hey Astro,

Welcome back… Long time..

Well if you’ve gotten traffic from that long one and it hasn’t hurt you any then I say stick with what works right! Don’t fix what isn’t broken. That’s great to hear so thanks for sharing that.

Hope you are well and your week is going great! :-)

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136 Dr.Spencer Jones
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June 18, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Nice post Adrienne, Slug is not at all a common word in blog glossary. But I have heard about post slug before, not sure where. Haven’t installed the SEO slugs plugin it yet in my blog. Thanks for sharing…

Dr.Spencer Jones

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137 Adrienne
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June 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Thanks Spencer and I had not heard it a lot although a little when I researched for this post. I think as you’ll notice from a lot of the comments they a lot of people weren’t that familiar with the term either.

Glad you enjoyed the post.

~Adrienne

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138 Astro Gremlin February 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Adrienne, I came back to comment after another year of experience. The power of the slug cannot be underestimated. Search engines have limited resources as they scour the Internet, and the smart blogger will use a “just the facts” no-nonsense slug to guide searches. Does it always work? No. But when keywords are right up front, and match the article headers, you at least have a chance!
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139 Adrienne
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February 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Hey Astro,

Long time no see. Thanks for coming back by even a year later. Happy to hear that you agree with this and I sure hope people have paid attention to this advice. It’s rewarded me many times over too!

Thanks for your comment and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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