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”
The main drawback to this approach is that the links auto post as links to the default WordPress which is a post ID in a query string.
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 default WordPress query string permalinks?