I may start making adjustments to the format of “permalink” entries on my site.
Here is an example permalink:
This format has been in place since July 2005, when I made further enhancements.
There’s a couple of things that bother me about this format:
- The needless use of the word “archive.”
- The “post slug,” (ie: google-notebook-enhancements) becomes too long for some titles that are a bit more “wordy.”
Here’s what I intend to do:
- Remove the word “archive” from the URL.
- Shorten the “post slug” to only a few words, even if the title is much longer than that. There are certain “catch words,” such as “and,” “if,” “the,” etc – that don’t need to be in the URL.
My question is how does Google handle this change? It think my entire database of entries will have to be re-indexed to point to the new URI. Will I suffer a drop in search engine rankings?