Since these are new blogs, the question of subdomains vs. subdirectories came up (more on that later, still researching a few things) as did the question of blog URLs including dates or not.
This blog is currently setup with year and month in the URL. Nearly all news sites I’ve seen use the full date in their posts. I’ve had a blog since May 2006, so I have a pretty good archive of posts that include the date in the URL. If I were to change mid-stream to a no-date structure, I think I’d have a lot of redirecting to do.
Although I just made the change for my personal blogs and posts seem to be redirecting properly from the old date format URLs… H’mm, am I bold enough to try making the change on my 7 year old blog just to “see what happens?”
Here are links to a few differing viewpoints on dates in URLs:
- Three Reasons to include dates: http://www.slicksurface.com/blog/2008-01/three-reasons-you-should-use-dates-in-urls
- Four Reasons NOT to include dates: http://searchengineland.com/four-reasons-to-avoid-using-dates-in-urls-13152
- Q & A Do you use Dates in your URLs?: http://www.seobook.com/do-you-put-dates-your-urls
And a quick video from Matt Cutts about it. Basically he says you don’t need the date, but that it can be a good usability feature to have the date easy for your visitors to find. However, the date doesn’t have to be in the URL, it can be in the post content. Google doesn’t use the URL to determine “freshness” of information.
So, if you are starting a new blog, will you use dates in your URLs or not?