Get Rid of The “Permalink” Link

By Daniel Scocco

Until a couple of years ago, most blogs and blogging platforms used to display a “Permalink” link on the meta section below each post. Some blogs still do, like Seth Godin‘s one, as the picture below illustrates:

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I believe this trend emerged from the fact that blogs used to have a standard look, will full posts being displayed on the homepage. As a consequence, some beginner bloggers and webmasters would wrongly link to the homepage expecting to link to one specific post.

To solve this problem, people came with the “Permalink” link. Basically a link that would point to the single and definitive URL of any specific post inside the blog.

Personally, however, I feel that “Permalinks” are obsolete these days, and that bloggers should just get rid of them.

First of all because blogs have evolved a lot over the last couple of years, and we have all sorts of formats around today. Many blogs use only excerpts on the homepage, others use a magazine style and so on. This makes the “Permalink” link less useful and universally recognizable.

Secondly, even back in the day when all blogs displayed full posts on the homepage, those “Permalinks” were pretty much redundant information. That is because the title of each post would also link to the single and definitive URL of that post inside the blog (check Seth’s blog again to see that), so why would we need a second link for that very same function?



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41 Responses to “Get Rid of The “Permalink” Link”

  • medyum

    I couldn’t agree more. My first few months of blogging it took me a while to even realize what the hell the “permalink” was since it seemed obvious that the post title was your “permalink”. Goofy bloggers.

  • ayman

    good woork

  • ayman

    Good point. I never really understood why it was there in the first place.

  • Bill in Detroit

    I’m with Dennis … make a case for the harm of leaving the permalink intact.

    Seth responded to you with his reasons for leaving the permalink in place. I’m surprised you didn’t reply to him.

  • tayo

    Pls how can i set up a standard looking blog free .o. c.

  • elearning

    ok but leaving it dosen’t make any problems

  • Paulo Sacramento

    Man, this is so true! I totally agree.

  • Dennis Edell

    Does it do any harm just being there?

  • Adam Singer

    “Like Seth, I use Typepad for my blog and unless I’m mistaken, you cant remove that Permalink link under each posting.”

    That’s the big reason to use WordPress over typepad. One word: customization.

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