I have a client (same for my previous post about the slider) who believes that the url structure needs to include a “google page id” to be compliant with google news. Therefore, they want the url structure set up like: http://www.sitename.com/blog/article-name-goes-here?p=85532 . I think they want just a unique 3+ number id associated with every post. Does anyone know how to go about this?
I am quite good with design and front-end dev, but when it comes to WordPress loops or settings sometimes I am just clueless.
Go to the Permalink page (in Settings), and choose custom structure, and use something like this:
You can avoid using a unique numeric identifier by using a News Sitemap.
From Google’s News technical requirements:
for each article must contain a unique
number consisting of at least three
digits. For example, we can’t crawl an
article with this URL:
We can, however, crawl an article with
Keep in mind that if the only number
in the article consists of an isolated
four-digit number that starts with 199
or 200, we won’t be able to crawl it.
Please note that this rule is waived
with News sitemaps.
The XML Sitemap & Google News Sitemap Feeds plugin for WordPress should be able to take care of this automatically for you.