SEO friendly permalinks with topic titles in the URL's?

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SEO friendly permalinks with topic titles in the URL's?

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I was wondering if anyone was working on an SEO friendly permalinks extension that would convert typical phpbb URL's of topic pages to URL's with topic title words in them. For example:

https://xenforo.com/community/threads/h ... umb.12347/

As opposed to:

viewtopic.php?f=64&t=2457961

Keep in mind that permalinks in URL's are still important and relevant and affect Google search ranking. All the authoritative SEO blogs say permalinks still matter in 2020. See below.

https://www.malcare.com/blog/permalinks-in-wordpress/

https://qodeinteractive.com/magazine/wh ... ermalinks/

https://neilpatel.com/blog/permalink-seo/

https://wplift.com/wordpress-permalinks

Neil Patel is the top blogger in SEO techniques. His blog on this is a must read. If you only have time to read one of them, read his link above.

What do you all think?

Also, would this extension redirect all existing URL's to the permalink URL's so that they don't all become broken links?

Thanks.

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Re: SEO friendly permalinks with topic titles in the URL's?

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Have a look at this, make sure you test it before installing on your live board and I have no idea if it works or if it's supported:

https://github.com/phpbb-seo/usu

WWu777 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 9:12 am
Keep in mind that permalinks in URL's are still important and relevant and affect Google search ranking. All the authoritative SEO blogs say permalinks still matter in 2020.
I'd read this and many many many other topics like this one:
viewtopic.php?t=2539671

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Re: SEO friendly permalinks with topic titles in the URL's?

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Elias wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 12:36 pm
Have a look at this, make sure you test it before installing on your live board and I have no idea if it works or if it's supported:

https://github.com/phpbb-seo/usu
WWu777 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 9:12 am
Keep in mind that permalinks in URL's are still important and relevant and affect Google search ranking. All the authoritative SEO blogs say permalinks still matter in 2020.
I'd read this and many many many other topics like this one:
viewtopic.php?t=2539671

Thanks
Thanks. I'll try out that extension from github. How do I install it and activate it in the admin panel? Are there instructions in the package? Like a read me file?

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Re: SEO friendly permalinks with topic titles in the URL's?

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I tried this USU plugin, my issue with it was that it doesn't re-write links to posts/threads. It'll redirect everyone on the page to the "pretty" URL and it'll set canonical tags appropriately, but when you're hovering over a link on the index page or topic view, it still shows the old format, which will 301 redirect to the new format.

It seems like a lot of these plugins are outdated (eg, this USU plugin links to a support forum which is down, the simple / mixed / advanced functionality isn't really documented anywhere).
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Re: SEO friendly permalinks with topic titles in the URL's?

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TechieGeek wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 10:56 pm
I tried this USU plugin, my issue with it was that it doesn't re-write links to posts/threads. It'll redirect everyone on the page to the "pretty" URL and it'll set canonical tags appropriately, but when you're hovering over a link on the index page or topic view, it still shows the old format, which will 301 redirect to the new format.

It seems like a lot of these plugins are outdated (eg, this USU plugin links to a support forum which is down, the simple / mixed / advanced functionality isn't really documented anywhere).
https://github.com/phpbb-seo/usu

Did you use this one? The link to their support forum works there, has been recently updated.
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