113 Create Custom Permalinks for Blogger Posts
June 27, 2012 /

I discovered a lovely surprise when logging into Blogger to create a post this morning: the ability to create custom permalinks for posts!

Usually when we create a post, the URL generated for the item page is based on the post title. By creating a custom URL we can use a different structure which can help posts rank higher in search engines, as well as being more user-friendly.

How Post Permalinks Work

When we create a post in Blogger, the URL where the post page will be located automatically follows this formula:

http://[Blog-Homepage-URL]/YYYY/MM/[Short-version-of-title].html

When writing long post titles, we often find the title of the post is truncated in the URL, cutting off the ends of words. Often we may want to use a shorter, snappier URL structure using related words which could help our posts rank higher in search results.

Now we are able to select a custom string for the URLs of our posts, replacing [Short-version-of-title] with any text we prefer.

To try this out for yourself, log into your Blogger dashboard and choose to create a new post.

In the pane on the right of the post editing page, you will see a new section called "Permalink" which features a "hyperlink" icon to the left. Click on this title to reveal the menu.

By default, the Permalink choice will be set to "Automatic URL" - this is the URL structure based on the post title of your post. If you check "Custom URL" you can type an alternative URL:


The Custom URL string can only include letters, numbers and certain special characters [-_.]. Slashes are not acceptable.

As we type, the new URL where the post will be located once published updates in the space above so you can easily see the changes.

To give you an example, take a look at the differences between the title of this post and the URL of the permalink page. It's only a slight difference admittedly, but enables me to create a more descriptive title and shorter URL with ease.

Unfortunately, we can only change the final section of the custom URL, so permalinks will still include the date format (making them around eight characters longer than is optimal). But if you really want to create short URLs it's always possible to create custom redirects to individual posts in your blog settings.

Note: This feature may not yet be available for all blogs, though I imagine the update will be rolled out for everyone in the coming days.

Please let us know in the comments below if custom permalinks are available for your blogs, and whether you find this new feature useful!

Author: Amanda Kennedy

Amanda is a professional blogger and web designer living in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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113 comments:

  1. Hello,

    It is certainly useful, because I am used to making custom urls for my posts manually. But by this feature I can do that by even scheduling my posts in future, and it's great while I am in a trip.

    Unfortunately for my blog it is not yet activated. I do not know how long it takes.

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  4. Sound cool hey nice feature like wordpress.Blogger is getting better and better

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  6. This feature is avaiable only in Blogger in Draft.

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  7. Thanks for share master, It's very cool when blogger have custom permalinkmlike wordpress

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  8. Too bad it doesn't work at all here - not on Chrome or Firefox (just get calculating msg).

    Worse - they TURNED OFF automatic permalinks in the OLD blogger interface, with no way to turn it back or or access the new feature. So EVERYONE using the old interface now has no unique post ID's (with zero notice, as usual, from Google).

    Worst feature implementation, ever.

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    1. Could you describe what you mean about automatic permalinks being "turned off"? If the custom permalink feature isn't available for you yet, what *should* happen is that the permalink (URL for the post item page) is based on the title of your post.

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    2. Karen, I think I know what's happening now as I've just seen the problem in action in another site. As yet I don't have any further information but will update as soon as I do.

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  9. Not working in my blog...

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    1. To enable this feature in your blogs you have to sign in using blogger in draft (Draft.Blogger.com)

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  10. Not working for me yet - looking forward to it a lot though, nice spotting Amanda.

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    1. To enable this feature in your blogs you have to sign in using blogger in draft (Draft.Blogger.com)

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  11. Thanks for the tip Amanda. I don't have this feature yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

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  12. It's working fine for my blog. I was waiting for this feature after many new features introduced by Google like Search preferences and 404 error page.

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  15. It's not working on my blog either. I also don't have the option to turn on the permalink feature available. I hope Blogger fixes it soon.

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  16. Hi Amanda, I have the permalink in my post editing options but it doesn't work!! Or I am not doing it correctly? Say for instance, if I wanted to link up to another blog to feature a post isn't that the option I would use, the Permalink? It doesn't work? Can you help me figure this out? I am new to blogging.

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  17. I was totally happy when Blogger have this feature AT LAST! I'm loving Blogspot more and more!

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  18. Thanks Amenda for a great information...

    As some people said above that permalink is available only in draft state i am also agree with them....is their any other way or we have to use the blogger in draft mode only....

    Thanks for great work....keep the good works going...:-)

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  20. custom permalinks are still given a character limit, I was very disappointed

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  26. Permalink is working well on my blogger blog but I would like to know whether it is safe to change the addresses of the older posts. What should I do? Shall I redirect the older posts to the new customized permalinks?

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  33. Thanks for this - a well constructed article. I have tried to work out the Permalinks Custom option but am failing spectacularly. Whether I choose the Automatic or Custom option, I still get the same format of link, namely - http://www.theirishgolfblog.com/2012_11_01_archive.html#4543060924171592282
    where it lists it as 'archive' and then a long list of numbers. My Custom words have no effect and don't appear anywhere. I have tried using Title links as well, and while these then appear in the URL, when you click on the Blog heading, Blogger says it can't find the page.
    Does this make any sense?
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