How to Link Bait Me

How to Link Bait Me

Reader Comments (21)

  1. I’ve read the post on SEOBlackHat and I though it was a very funny way to make people be aware of their trackbacks, and it made me remember your strytelling post, but I had no idea that you were Breana.

  2. It’s a two step process Tim:

    1. Notice that you’re using an apostrophe (or percent sign or quotes);

    2. Manually change the post slug (which is what WordPress calls the URL).

    I messed up at step one, and now the post have been out there too long to change it without causing other problems.

  3. Ahhh… yeah, that’s right… you can just manually fix the slug. Duh. 😉 Been enjoying reading your blog, btw – just started this past weekend (followed a link on Matt Cutts blog). Cheers.

  4. And that is what I love so much about the whole blog community: Interaction.

    This has to be one of the classier rebukes I’ve seen yet. Great job SEOBH! And thanks Brian for fessing up. I wouldn’t have learned this otherwise.

    Although I don’t seem to have this problem somehow, through no fault of my own…

  5. Thanks Brian,

    I’m still in the throes of learning how to feed my untamed beast of a blog – anyone got a spare whip and chair handy?

    If I don’t get devoured in the process, your Viral Copy will be a most valuable source of information for step two.


  6. And there I was feeling sorry for Breana.
    Is it just me or am I seeing the same names over and over? Has the world really shrunk?

    It’s like déjà vu blogging…
    ‘Something’s changed in the system’ so says the guy in the Matrix.

  7. I actually tried it just now on my post which had an apostrophe, but when I published and went back to the post, the slug is just fine.

    My version is before the WordPress 2.0. Am I missing out something?

  8. Just to mention another little glitch for FeedBurner users: Don’t use special characters like the German äöü in your clean URLs as FB will ignore the URL at least for their FeedFlare services.

    In general you never should use spaces or quotes if they are not automatically translated to ‘-‘. Otherwise ugly %20 or %22 will show up in your URL.

  9. I should have known that the dreaded spaces and quotes rule would turn up if I didn’t learn my husband’s guidelines of file naming and such. It turns out to be applicable across wide swaths of territory I’d never guessed it would be. Sigh: why is it that he is always right!
    Now I’m going to have to second guess my penchant for dashes and colons for fear that they’ll be the fly in the ointment in some way yet undiscovered by me.
    Thanks for sharing your cautionary tale.

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