Changing A WordPress Post Title The Search Engine Friendly Way

I recently wrote a post with a glaring typo in the title – I wrote loose instead of lose (one of those late night posts). I hadn’t noticed until someone pointed it out to me. Since the post had already been cached by the search engines I thought I’d do the right thing and make the correction but also ensure it was all nice and search engine friendly. Here’s what I did:

1) Edited the title under Manage > Edit
2) Edited the post slug (you don’t have to do this if you don’t use the title as the post slug)
3) Added this line in the .htaccess file:

Redirect 301 /top-5-ways-to-loose-rankings/

http://www.reubenyau.com/top-5-ways-to-lose-rankings/

(Note the code above needs to be all on one line, it’s wrapped here due to space constraints)

This will ensure that link popularity from the old URL is pushed on to the new one.

One thought on “Changing A WordPress Post Title The Search Engine Friendly Way

  1. I usually don’t make any change to my titles once the post is published but I guess it’s important to know how this can be done easily. Thanks for sharing with others on this.

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