10 Easy Ways to Find Permalinks of Blog Articles

By Posted 2007 Updated   BloggingSEOTutorialsWordPress

A newbie blogger was having difficulty in locating Permalinks for blog posts which he wanted to quote as a source for his articles. Permalinks are the permanent links for the blog article. It is important that the permalink urls are easily accessible to the readers so that they can easily link to them. But a quick look reveals finding permalinks may not be so easy after all….

Here are a variety of permalink structures you find in the blogosphere.

1. Labeled Permalink Link – Some bloggers clearly mention the permalink url via a link titled “Permalink”. Of course this is the easiest way to find them.

2. Full Permalink link – You might find the full page url (linked or unlinked) at the bottom of post with the title like “you are reading” this title. Ugly for long urls and may break the blog template too. Easy to find.

3. Permalinks in Post Titles – This is possibly the most common area to locate the permalink if the permalink is not clearly specified. Bloggers usually link to the post title with the permalink url (sometimes for SEO purposes). Just move your mouse over the title and the status bar should reveal the url. Right click and copy.

4. Permalinks in the browser location bar – If the full article is open, the permalink url is not specified, and the post title is not linked, the browser location bar will display the full url. Highlight the full url, copy it and use.

5. Permalink in form fields – Some bloggers make it particularly easy for others to link back by displaying the permalink url in form input boxes. It makes it very easy to copy and paste.

6. Permalink Buttons – Sometimes bloggers use special icons and buttons which represent permalinks. They are usually found beside the post title. Just move your mouse over these icons and the permalinks title is visible, right click and copy link.

7. Permalinks from Comments – Sometimes permalinks can be found from comments urls (which might be the only ones locatable). The usual “Add a comment” links in wordpress are like this
http://permalink_url/#respond
Remove the #respond and you have the permalink url.

8. Permalinks from Trackbacks – Sometimes permalinks can be found from trackback urls (which might be the only ones locatable). The usual “Send a trackback” links in wordpress are like this
http://permalink_url/trackback
Remove the “trackback” and you have the permalink url.

9. Permalink in Bookmarking icons – You might find lots of links like Stumble it, Digg it, Del.icio.us it etc. which help users bookmark and share urls easily. The permalink is hidden in these urls.
http://del.icio.us/post?url=PERMALINK&title=POSTTITLE
http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=PERMALINK&title=POSTTITLE
http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=PERMALINK&title=POSTTITLE

10. Permalinks in Feed – Many blogs post articles with no permalinks (very bad for SEO). So how do you find permalinks for such articles? For example – In a previous post I was trying to link to the source article announcing PHP 4 end support at php.net. The permalink was non existent for the article. I found the feed for the page where all articles were listed by permalinks (because they have to). Try your skills at locating permalinks for http://php.net/ and find them in the feed http://www.php.net/news.rss

Advice: Make it easy for your readers to find permalinks to articles so that they can link back easily. I hope this tutorial will help you find those elusive permalinks more easily.


3 comments on “10 Easy Ways to Find Permalinks of Blog Articles

  1. Senior says:

    When the new version of Blogger was released, permalinks started appearing in the title field. Readers of any Blogger Blog can now activate the link where the post title is displayed, and be on the page of the blog entry. From that page, users who want to blog about the entry should go to the address bar, and copy the address of the entry from there. The recently released version of Windows Live Spaces now also displays the permalink in the title field. I think all blogging platforms should do that, because people who don’t have much knowledge about blogging will find it easier to locate permalinks if they are always in the same place. If the link is always in the title, it needn’t appear anywhere in the footer. Having the same link twice is in my opinion unnecessary.

  2. Andy says:

    Blogger service gives you permalinks automaticaly.

  3. Rhonda says:

    Thank you so much! This helped a lot as I’m relatively new to blogging and just heard about permalinks, let alone how to find them. Excellent information. I was able to find my own permalink on Blogger.

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