…You don’t want to get involved in XML anyway—it is a gateway drug to proprietary file formats.Whether you find it funny or not, it earned him an organic inbound link. And I’ll go out of my way to read his stuff in the future, it’s just the right mix of and technically sophisticated commentary and information and irreverence.
I use WordPress for my website (this website); I’m aware of it’s shortcomings but all in all quite happy with it.
On most sites I work on I install JetPack, but I only really use a few features.
I recently decided to try disabling the “wp.me shortlink” and I’m quite happy with the results.
Here’s the details:
Using wp.me shortlinks causes Publicize, which auto-posts to my social media channels, to post links that are non-branded gibberish in the URLs, as shown below.
By disabling that feature, my links get posted with my actual domain.
As a web professional, I know more about security exploits than the average bear. Auto-posting a wp.me link to Twitter means that the link that shows up is a redirect to a redirect to my site.
A URL shortened redirect to a URL shortened redirect…Sounds legit, right?
Analytics Traffic Attribution
Let me note, I haven’t looked into this but if I see t.co in my traffic reports than I know that people clicked a link on Twitter.
If t.com redirects to wp.me how is that traffic attributed?
My guess is that any traffic I get from auto posting to social media would be attributed to wp.me and that isn’t useful.
Sure, there’s an argument to be made that
wp.me links would be auto-posted and
t.co traffic would be that which was shared personally. That argument will be valid when and if I ever have time to share links to my own site without auto-posting them.
Non “Pretty Permalinks”
All sites I work on use “pretty permalinks” as they are much more human and SEO friendly, and while I wish they’d post that way, the simple fact is that auto-posting non-pretty permalinks saves me a lot characters so I’m OK with it.
What do you think?
Do you prefer the wp.me shortlinks or the defualt WordPress query string permalinks?