To Make Domain-Based ShortLinks
To Your Post or Page
WordPress 3.0 introduced the new integrated shortlink feature that minimizes the need for a plugin to create custom domain shortlinks to our WordPress blog’s posts and pages.
The postID variant of the permalinks have always worked even when you’re using a custom domain structure – but now it is simply much easier to get access to these links without having to hand create them.
SEO wise this is a blessing for those that need a quick, easy shortlink solution. While it does not replace the primary permalink (nor should it, as your main permalink should contain the PostName with keywords), it is substantially superior in SEO value to a shortlink produced by a different company.
To clarify: is worth more to you than http://bit.ly/abc in terms of SEO and recognition value. (The only exception to this MAY be the http://goo.gl/ shortener, but that is up for debate.)
So How Does It Work?
1. Open the page editor (Dashboard -> Add New …. or Dashboard -> Posts/Pages -> Edit).
2. If making a new post/page, fill in the title and allow the permalink to be created (which sometimes requires entering something in the content box). Once the Permalink has been created, select either Save Draft or Publish. (This is already done if you opened an existing post/page.)
3. Now, under the title bar, to the right of the permalink you will see a new “Get Shortlink” button.
4. When you click it, it will pop up a small dialog box with the domain-name-based & postID-based wordpress shortlink for that post.
5. Just copy and paste the link. It will remain accessible via this button any time you need it.
That’s it! It’s that simple.
A Few Things To Note
1. One limitation of this is that you can not alter this short link into a custom keyword shortlink. For example you can not make http://just-ask-kim.com/?p=2411 into . It simply wont accept changes in the box.
2. By default it only supports shortlinks from your domain name. However, because it was coded with developers in mine, several plugins can integrate with it. For example, “WordPress.com Stats” has a setting that causes the link to be a http://wp.me/ link. The “WP Bit.ly” plugin also ties in and allows you to create http://bit.ly/ links instead. (I actually had to disable the wp.me setting to get mine to default back to my name.)
3. No method to quickly and easily create domain-name-based shortlinks for affiliate products (unless using Thesis 1.7’s new 301 field.) This is offered by a number of plugins including PrettyLink and Ninja Affiliate and GoCodes. Basically, this feature does not replace the need for these other plugins for a affiliate blogger in most cases.
4. There is no access to this from the “quick edit” view, so you must fully open the post editor to access it which is a bummer if you’re in a hurry (but not unlike some other plugin based solutions.
5. Because this supports being developed on top of, I would highly expect to see some new plugin development come along to make this support a number of services and possibly even keyword customization eventually. While this feature is awesome as it is, given time plugin developers are guaranteed to improve on this.
All in all its a very handy and easy to use new feature. While its not very robust, it is lightweight and straight forward.
Which shortening plugins and services do you use most often with your WordPress blog? What are your favorite plugins for managing these shortlinks and will this replace the plugin for you? Let me know your thoughts below in the comment section and if you enjoyed this post I hope you’ll share it!