It is simply a short way of saying 'permanent link'. It seems to remain unless you remove it or change it. Normal links can time out, or rot - permalinks cannot. As far as I know they do not affect your progress.
You are only partially right that permalink exists for more longer duration or permanently unless you remove it. But it is a very useful link keeping your readers directing to you even after a lapse of much longer periods. It is the URL through which they can revisit your post even after many years.
More longer duration than what? What other kind of link could you create to a blog post or website that isn't a permalink?
There are some websites which are designed to generate dynamic or relative URL's (which can change), not permalinks. However very few blogs are designed that way, and neither is HubPages. On those sites, for all intents and purposes, a hyperlink and a permalink are the same thing, as far as I understand it.
It is a URL linking to blog post. But using the word 'just' removes all its importance. It is not just but a very useful link to your blog posts and hubs enabling readers find or revisit the posts again and again as and when they want to. Otherwise they may remain searching for your posts for hours and even days without tracing them.
Are you talking about the word "permalink" at the bottom of each forum post?
It's there so you can link to that specific forum post. Say you are discussing something on another thread and you realise there's a good answer on another forum thread. Go to that thread, find the post, click "permalink" and you'll see the URL for that specific post appear in the top bar. Then you can copy and paste it into your new forum post, saying "I found this good answer to that question".
permalink is one which does not get vanished with lapse of time. Normal links get not working after a lapse of time say after some years. But permalink is one that works even after tens of years. This is the benefit of the permalink that is at the bottom of posts.
I think you're misunderstanding. The permalink won't stay on your computer forever! It's just a hyperlink to a page on a website (or in this case, a hyperlink to a post on a forum), nothing magical about it.
OK can you give me an example of the kind of "normal link" that will stop working in many years? What does it look like? How does it differ from a permalink?
I had never heard of link rot so I've been reading up about it. It seems to refer to the process whereby links become broken or disappear over time - but that is caused by the page or site disappearing so the link goes nowhere: it has nothing to do with the type of link.
I may be missing something so I hope you can enlighten me and give me some references which explain it better.
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