So we have permalinks in place all over our site. Basically any product, category, article, etc with a "clean url" with canonical such as
example.com/green-fidget-widget also have permalink ID references such as
example.com/index.php?product=7546. This is done so that we + other people can link to an entity without worrying about the canonical changing in the future (causing a 404). We try to 301 the old canonicals, but inevitably we miss them sometimes.
Are there things I can do or add to make utility permalinks more effective? Would the following thoughts be feasible, and/or would they hurt canonical momentum?
- Adding some sort of meta/link in
<head>or a header stating it should be used as an alternate or util entrypoint?
- Forcing browser "add bookmark" action(s) to use the permalink instead of the current url? (note:
rel="bookmark"on a link does not force this)
- Making sharing widgets, social posts, and certain feeds use these permalinks instead of the canonical url?
- Adding a "nofollow" on permalink to [possibly] preserve canonical juice?
- Always making permalinks
HTTP:mode even on SSL always site in order to prevent lockout if domain, browser, or OS SSL error...or we turn it off by default?
It seems like such a simple thing, but there isn't much info about any less known permalink practices/standards. Maybe that means that there are not any, but figured I would ask.
Please note: I am not referring to Wordpress "permalinks"...those are not really util route permalinks, they just named their whole URi system that.