If you are running WordPress, the default permalink setting for URLs is not very SEO friendly. I highly recommend changing them from the default to ensure easier rankings. Don’t make life harder on yourself.
By default when you install WordPress, the permalinks are set http://yourdomain.com/?p=123.
This is assuming you have just installed WordPress. If you already have a high traffic website or blog, I recommend reading this article by my good friend Harsh, How to Change WordPress Permalink With 301 Permalink Redirection. Changing your permalinks on a site that is already established can be harmful if not done the right way.
In WordPress, go to Settings and click on “Permalinks.”
The best format for SEO friendly URLs is “Post name.” This will make your URLs look like http://domain.com/blog-post/. This will allow you to have a keyword within your URL as well to help you rank. So check “Post name” and click on “Save Changes.”
This will update any existing URLs to that format and also any future pages/posts you create.
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