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SEO Slugs WordPress Plugin

If you’re using WordPress for your niche websites or blogs, this plugin can help you optimize your blog post URLs for search engines.

When you publish a post with a title like this:

“What You Can Do Immediately For Higher Rankings”,

WordPress automatically assigns a long filename to your post, called a post slug:

/what-you-can-do-immediately-for-higher-rankings

SEO Slugs plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. With SEO Slugs plugin activated, the slug for our example blog post would look like this:

/immediately-higher-rankings

The slug is generated on saving a post (so you get a chance to look at it before publishing, and change it), or on publish. It won’t overwrite an existing slug. You can force a new slug generation by deleting the existing one.

Installation: Unzip the downloaded file, and save seo-slugs.php file to the plugins folder of your blog, usually /wp-content/plugins.

Activation: Log into your WordPress Admin, go to Plugins, find SEO Slugs plugin and click Activate.

Now, when editing a post, give it a title and press Save and Continue Editing. The SEO Slugs plugin will generate a slug. If you edit it, the plugin will honor your slug and won’t change it.

If you find this plug useful, please, link to this page (http://www.vretoolbar.com/news/seo-slugs-wordpress-plugin).

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Comments (105) to “SEO Slugs WordPress Plugin”

  1. [...] The SEO Slugs plugin generates SEO friendly “post slugs” from your post’s title. This optimizes the ability of search engine to index your content appropriately thus providing you with the optimum ability to attract visitors to your site. [...]

  2. What versions of WP will this work with?

  3. Hi Jeremy,

    The SEO Slugs plugin was tested on all versions of WordPress after v2.0. I didn’t tested it on older versions, but I think it should work fine on versions prior to WP2.

    Andrei

  4. does not seem to work on 2.6.2!

  5. Does this not work in WP version 2.6.2? It does nothing to trim the slugs when I create a new post and save it. I’m still having to do this by hand.

  6. that is a great idea, thanks for the cool plugin. will recommend!

  7. [...] SEO Slugs Plugin: Deze plugin zorgt er voor dat lange titels korter worden gemaakt door de belangrijke woorden er uit te halen en die als titel te gebruiken. Of deze plugin ook met Nederlandse titels werkt weet ik niet. Ik heb zelf geen ervaring met de plugin. [...]

  8. [...] 9. SEO Slugs: The SEO Slugs WordPress plugin removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve search engine optimization. The plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. [...]

  9. [...] SEO Slugs – Removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO. [...]

  10. [...] SEO Slugs optimizes your blog post URLs for the search engines by removing unnecessary words such as a, it, of, the, etc. Plus, your blog post URLs become considerably smaller. [...]

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  14. [...] SEO Slugs plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. This make sure that the important keywords in the URL are kept and the unimportant words removed. [...]

  15. Hi,
    this is a cool thing. Does it work with other languages, either? For example german ;-) .
    Coerv

  16. [...] SEO Slugs plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. This make sure that the important keywords in the URL are kept and the unimportant words removed. [...]

  17. [...] SEO Slugs: Quita las palabras “de, a, en” de la url [...]

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  19. It dosen’t work on WP 2.7.1, it’s normal or not ?

  20. [...] If you are using WordPress and have custom permalinks set up, you can download a plugin by Andrei Mikrukov called SEO Slugs that will automatically remove stop words from your URLs. [...]

  21. [...] There is also a plugin helper for this.  SEO Slugs is a plugin that automatically weeds out these garbage words for you.  It leaves your post with a nice, neat slug.  Of course, if you want to change it, it will let you do that too. [...]

  22. [...] Personally, I choose to go with the permalink format that includes the category then a shortened version of the title.  I use the WordPress plugin SEO Slugs to strip out the unnecessary words from the title such as “a”, “the”, “what” etc. so that only the keywords I’m focusing on are used.  This has more to do with keyword density and whatnot, but it’s a good habit to get into for blog URLs in my opinion. [...]

  23. There is any version to spanish spelling?

  24. [...] SEO Slugs is the plugin that automatically removes these words, but still remains enabling manual adaptation. [...]

  25. [...] Akismet -it hates and fights with spam Adsense Injection – to show Google ads in my posts  ( I am using only three adsense blocks on a page as per adsense T & C ), it is best plugin to show random ads. Let’s see how much money I make with this blog ????? Google XML sitemap – for automatic sitemap generation Platinum SEO pack – hope search engine will love my site, it has lots of more options then All in One SEO pack SEO slugs – to strip common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of my post slug to make it more search engine friendly No self pings – I hate own trackbacks and pings WP no category base – to remove “Category” base from url, it looks good Permalink redirect – to get rid of duplicate content and old url’s, this plugin is awesome Contextual related post – it helps to decrease site bounce rate WordPress Database Backup – I need security [...]

  26. Please can you add to your code accept “á,é,í,ó,ú and ñ”?, this is very important for spanish.

    I will like see this replace in your plugin:
    á=a
    é=e
    í=i
    ó=o
    ú=u
    ñ=n

    Thank you very much, is the best plugin :)

  27. [...] Use the WordPress SEO Slug plugin to generate post slugs. If you don’t care for the automatically generated slug, SEO Slug will honor your changes. If you want to redo your slug, delete the existing slug and SEO Slug will regenerate one for you. Feedback appreciated [...]

  28. Hello,
    In French it doesn’t work very well… No one translate the plug’ ?

    See you.

  29. Hello my friends.

    Please can you add to your code accept “á,é,í,ó,ú and ñ”?, this is very important for spanish people.

    I will like to see this automatic replace in your plugin:
    á=a
    é=e
    í=i
    ó=o
    ú=u
    ñ=n
    Á=a
    É=e
    Í=i
    Ó=o
    Ú=u
    Ñ=n

    Thank you very much, it’s the best plugin!.

  30. i can’t find it in wordpress plugins directory.

  31. I loved this plugin and i’m making some enhancement to use it in portuguese. Of course you will have your name mentioned as his author :D

    When finished, i’ll sent it to you !

    Thanks !

  32. [...] SEO Slugs – This plugin can help you optimize your blog post URLs for search engines. [...]

  33. Is SEO Slugs working properly for wordpress 2.8.4? I noticed there were a lot of errors on the wp plugins page. I very interested in this plugin.

    Cheers
    Adam

  34. [...] SEO Slugs – This plugin can help you optimize your blog post URLs for search engines. [...]

  35. [...] SEO Slugs: Quita las palabras “de, a, en” de la url [...]

  36. [...] 5) SEO Slugs [...]

  37. [...] SEO Slugs – This plugin can help you optimize your blog post URLs for search engines. [...]

  38. [...] Common Words like a, an, the, and, to etc. should be removed from the urls in order to make them friendly for search engines. These words weaken your SEO.  Many bloggers ignore this fact but it is something that should be taken care of. You can do this manually. When you write a post, edit its url by removing such words. You can also refer a plugin for this – SEO Slugs WordPress plugin. This plugin automatically removes such words from your link when you publish the post. [...]

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  41. Does it work with qtranslate? Would there be any conflicts?

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  45. Is this plug-in changing even the old posts’slug?

  46. Hi Akira,

    No, the SEO Slugs plugin doesn’t change old post slugs. It creates a slug only when there is no one for the post. If you make a slug manually or the post already has a slug, then there will be no change.

    To create SEO slug for an old post, remove the post’s slug, then save the post. A new SEO slug will be added automatically.

    Thank you for using the plugin.

  47. [...] Download link [...]

  48. Hi there, I have installed and activated the SEO slugs plug-in but does it work with WordPress 2.9.1. ?

  49. Hi Sheila,

    We use WordPress 2.9.1 with the SEO Slugs plugin installed on many sites, including this one, and it works fine on all of them.

    You may experience a compatibility issue with other plugins. Try to deactivate all of them but the SEO Slugs plugin. Then activate your plugins one by one and test if the SEO Slugs plugin works or not.

    Let me know if you need more details.

    Best regards,

    Andrei

  50. It is very advantage for us who are doing onpage optimization for our wordpress site, since it will saved you for spending your time doing it manually. Besides you will surely safe and perfectly optimized that could please search engines.

  51. [...] 19. SEO Slugs [...]

  52. [...] SEO Slugs – The URL of your blog posts can make a difference for SEO. This handy plug-in rids your URL of the unimportant small words leaving only the important meaty keywords to get you high rankings. For example instead of http://myseotests.com/the-legend-of-the-cheeky-monkey/ becomes http://myseotests.com/legend-cheeky-monkey/. [...]

  53. [...] WordPress Plugin SEO Slugs von Andrei Mikrukov filtert die URL´s der Postings und entfernt belanglose Worte. Auf diese Weise [...]

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  55. Thanks, that’s a very useful plugin. Before that, i do it manually.

  56. what a nice plugin, thanks :)

  57. [...] SEO Slugs — SEO slugs removes the extra text in your links auto­mat­i­cally.  For exam­ple, if your post title is “Top Word­press Plu­g­ins for the month of April, 2010.”  It will be changed to Top-Wordpress-Plugins-April-2010. [...]

  58. Thanks a lot for inventing this plugin.

    You have found a great point effecting to SEO and fixed it for us.

    Great work and many thanks for giving it for free!

  59. [...] SEO Slugs : removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve search engine optimization. [...]

  60. This plugin is working for me in 2.9.2. However, with WP permalinks enabled, there is a display of the slug/url below the post title. This display will not show or apply SEO Slugs’ truncated version (even if you select “edit” you will see the full version). Not sure if this is normal or intended, but the work around is that you need to save the post or page as a draft. Once you click that button, you will see the SEO Slugs version and can edit it. It is an inconvenience because it adds an extra step in the Publish procedure and, it also opens up the possibility of thinking the plugin is not working.

  61. [...] SEO Slugs plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. This make sure that the important keywords in the URL are kept and the unimportant words removed. [...]

  62. [...] SEO Slugs – This will automatically trim your Post Slugs without manually doing it for every post. [...]

  63. [...] SEO Slugs Features: “WordPress automatically assigns a long filename to your post, called a post slug: [...]

  64. [...] SEO Slugs: I’ve already mentioned the importance of SEO. This plug-in automatically takes common words (such as the, a, of, etc.) out of post URLs. Even if you don’t use it for SEO purposes, it’s great to shorten and clean up those URLs. [...]

  65. SEO Slugs is an great wordpress plugin. Thanks!

  66. Awesome. I was using SEO Ultimate but this plugin looks promising. Is it compatible with wp 3.0?

  67. does it work on wordpress MU?

  68. [...] SEO Slugs. [...]

  69. [...] oldie but a goodie in this realm is SEO Slugs. This WordPress plug-in accomplishes one very simple task, but it does it very well. In short, it [...]

  70. Does this plugin work now for 3.0?

  71. Is the Slug and Permalink the same thing? Is that where I’m supposed to be looking to see if it is working correctly?

  72. [...] 21.) SEO Slugs [...]

  73. Does this Plugin work with WP 3.0 and also german slugs?

  74. The stop words don’t work with WPRobot. WPRobot pulls its content automatically. For some reason this plugin requires you to manually enter the post title or it will not filter against its stop word list. Great plugin, but if anyone can recommend how to get this to work with WPRobot, that would be great.

  75. oldie but a goodie in this realm is SEO Slugs. This WordPress plug-in accomplishes one very simple task, but it does it very well. In short, it [...]

  76. [...] SEO Slugs : It removes commonly used words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post it decrease the  search engine optimization (SEO) value. [...]

  77. [...] SEO Slugs shortens your urls so they are seo friendly. It is achieved by taking out none important words like of, the, a, an and ect out of urls. [...]

  78. This is a very good seo plugin. I was wondering if it’s working for spanish blogs where we use accents very frequently.

    Thank you

  79. This looks like a great plugin. I will have to give it a try. THanks for your insight.

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  81. I think WordPress 3 comes with seo slugs by default, there is an option to set up permalinks.

  82. [...] SEO Slugs – Das Plugin ist für die Suchmaschinenfreundlichen URLs. Es entfernt Stopwords aus der URL [...]

  83. [...] 21.) SEO Slugs [...]

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  86. Great plugin, I hope to continue working to improve it, but if anyone can recommend how to get this to work with WPRobot, that would be great.

  87. Hi, i’m using tdo minoform to allow my user write a post. I want to optimize the permalink and for this purpose I’ve added SEO SLUG plugin. It work very well when I write a post by the dashboard, but it do not work when i write using tdo miniform. How can I do to allow seo slug work with tdo miniform too?

  88. [...] also got SEO Slugs set up to shorten the URLs a bit by removing stop words. This is a pretty useful, if minor, SEO [...]

  89. Is the Slug and Permalink the same thing? Is that where I’m supposed to be looking to see if it is working correctly?

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  92. [...] SEO Slugs - SEO Slugs plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. [...]

  93. I read about your plugin at Yoast.com, I was hoping that it would help me optimize my web design clients sites for SEO. I was surprised to find that that plugin has not been updated for a long time, and it is not compatible with my version of WordPress.

    Are there any plans for future development of this plugin, or is it dead?

  94. Thanks for this great plugin!)

  95. [...] SEO Slugs plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. This make sure that the important keywords in the URL are kept and the unimportant words removed. [...]

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  97. I think WordPress 3 comes with seo slugs by default, there is an option to set up permalinks.

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  101. [...] WordPress and have custom permalinks set up, you can download a plugin by Andrei Mikrukov called SEO Slugs that will remove stop words from your [...]

  102. Can someone please tell me how this works?
    I do not see a difference in the address bar when I click on a title. I’m also using Mass Page Maker to upload massive amounts of pages to wordpress.

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