I'm starting a new blog and I have the ability to publish my archives (old post urls that will receive most of my search traffic) anywhere I choose without any repercussions. I've been taking some time to think about where to publish my archives, which will be dashified versions of post titles (i.e.
my-post-about-topic-x.html) and my choices are to publish in the root (
blogurl.com/my-post.html), in some subdirectory (
blogurl.com/archive/my-post.html) or some other option I haven't thought of.
I'm focusing on simplicity so I like the first option (no subdirectory) but that requires that I reserve certain names for other templates (such as a list of all old posts at archive.html). However, not reserving any file names also has its benefits in simplicity.
What are some other pros and cons of archive urls that I've listed? I'd be interested in any other archive urls you may think of as well.