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Moving 3000+ pages to respective categories

2:35 pm on Jun 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I never thought I will grow to 3000 pages and when I started on of my blogs I had my permalinks set to %postname%

All of these 3000 pages are inside 5 different categories, but since I used %postname% the category slug do not show up in url of the page.

I wanted to move all these pages to their respective categories so that urls look like domain.com/category/postname/ instead of domain.com/postname

I understand that doing so will result in 404 errors for all these pages and I wanted to configure 301 redirects for them.

How can this be made possible.

Also, Can this result in search penalty?

2:41 pm on June 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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There is a handy plugin called Redirection that can do the redirects for you. Just making the move won't cause a penalty per se but you are likely to see ranking change while the SEs figure out what you've done. I suspect that if your site has a solid ranking now the pages will return pretty close or better then before. Providing you make sure to follow through on the details.