After Blogger retired the ‘In Draft’ blog, news about new features being tested are hard to come by. The Google+ page usually posts tips referring to current functionality; for me Twitter has proven a much better source of news as people post their questions and new things they stumble on. This is how I found out a couple of days ago that Blogger now lets you customize the URL of your blog post.
Naturally, as I write this the option is available only in Blogger in Draft: when composing a new post you will see a new section in the ‘Post settings’ sidebar on the right called ‘Permalink’. You can either leave the URL on the ‘Automatic’ setting, so Blogger assigns a URL based on the title just like before, or choose ‘Custom URL’ and type in a different title, to make it shorter or to highlight some terms – after all, this is one of the top requests of SEO-aware bloggers. You can only customize the very last part of the post URL, the structure before it (blog name/year/month/) is still generated automatically by Blogger. It’s worth noting that, once the article is published, the URL cannot be changed anymore, so pick yours carefully.
I just noticed that @Blogger now let's you customize your post's URL! Awesome!— Amy Hilger (@thehappytulip) June 28, 2012