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TentBlogger’s SEO Categories Plugin for WordPress

Make your categories better for your readers and the search engines!

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

Remember how we’ve already discussed choosing the right permalinks for your WordPress blog? Well, to take it one step further you’re going to want to check out this WordPress Plugin that I’ve released that’ll make sure all of your permalinks are truly effective and SEO-friendly (not to mention prettier)!

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I’m pleased to announce the release of TentBlogger’s SEO Categories Plugin for WordPress!

What is this you say? It’s quite simple actually:

SEO Categories optimizes your permalink structure at the category level to make them as functional (and pretty) as possible for both your users and the search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) that index your content!

Practically this plugin removes the word category from your permalink structure turning this:

[cc]/category/my-cool-category-name/[/cc]

to this:

[cc]/my-cool-category-name/[/cc]

Why is this important? Here’s why:

Pretty and Functional Permalinks Increase SEO, Reader Engagement, and More!

Currently WordPress requires that you have the word category in your link when you jump into a specific category on your blog. This increases the length of the actual link which is completely unnecessary!

I go in depth on how to Choose the Right Permalinks for your WordPress Blog here, which you’ll definitely want to read!

Getting rid of this requirement helps in the following ways:

  • Better permalinks for SEO (Search Engines, Indexing your blog posts). You don’t need “category” every single time!
  • More pretty category structure for your users helps them engage with your content better which can directly result in increased readership.
  • Since it’s also more pretty it’s more easily memorable for your readers.
  • Better information architecture of your blog which I believe plays a significant role in your overall user experience.

A few things of note with this WordPress Plugin:

  • It’s super light and fast.
  • Doesn’t require any setup! Works “Out of the Box”!
  • Doesn’t interfere with any of your other plugins. Plays quite nicely!
  • Works with your existing sub-categories!
  • Recirects old category permalinks to the new ones via a 301 redirect so you don’t lose any existing SEO.

There is literally no reason for you NOT to use this plugin. I use it for every single blog that I use and wouldn’t run a new blog with out.

So go get it right now at the WordPress Plugin Repository: TentBlogger’s SEO Categories Plugin for WordPress!

Of course, I must give a big “Hat Tip” to my fellow partner in crime, @MoreTom, who’s helping me serve you guys with amazing WordPress Plugins!

Finally, make sure to check out all the other WordPress-related stuff (WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins) that I’m releasing here.

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]