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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).

21 Comments

  1. Wenhui JI wrote:

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

    Friday, February 26, 2010 at 2:58 am | Permalink
  2. seo wrote:

    what a nice plugin, thanks 🙂

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink
  3. Menol wrote:

    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!

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  4. smelkin wrote:

    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.

    Friday, April 23, 2010 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  5. Radoslav wrote:

    SEO Slugs is an great wordpress plugin. Thanks!

    Monday, July 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  6. Joel wrote:

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

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 4:48 am | Permalink
  7. Ivan wrote:

    does it work on wordpress MU?

    Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink
  8. dustin m. wrote:

    Does this plugin work now for 3.0?

    Friday, July 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
  9. dustin m. wrote:

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

    Friday, July 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
  10. Does this Plugin work with WP 3.0 and also german slugs?

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 2:05 am | Permalink
  11. Joe wrote:

    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.

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 4:30 am | Permalink
  12. 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 […]

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
  13. Juegos wrote:

    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

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 4:52 am | Permalink
  14. hgh wrote:

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

    Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  15. Maria wrote:

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

    Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink
  16. Juegos wrote:

    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.

    Friday, February 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
  17. oasidownload wrote:

    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?

    Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  18. exi3 wrote:

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

    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  19. 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?

    Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink
  20. Vitaly wrote:

    Thanks for this great plugin!)

    Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
  21. Ben 10 wrote:

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

    Friday, October 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

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