Interlinking of blog post is one important parameter of on page SEO. I have seen many bloggers relies mostly on related posts section for interlinking and this is not the best solution. To make your On Page SEO and On site SEO strong, you should have proper internal linking between your blog posts.
In WordPress, there are various ways to interlink your blog posts, and in this guide I will share all the best available methods that you can use right away. Most of the solutions listed below are free and only one of them is paid, which I personally use for all my blogs.
Before I share WordPress interlinking solutions, let me quickly share what are the direct benefits of interlinking your articles:
- Crawling & Deep-Indexing: Interlinking helps search engine bots to crawl and index your articles effectively.
- Bounce rate and more page views: Right interlinking helps to reduce the bounce rate by great extent. The only key here is, your linking should be relevant.
- Passes link Juice: It passes link juice from one page to another. This is one reason, I highly recommend to link from your old articles to new one.
- On page SEO benefit: Interlinking also helps in On-page SEO.
Now, lets look at all the available solution for WordPress bloggers to interlink their blog posts like a pro.
Best WordPress interlinking plugins and tricks:
SEO Smart link Premium:
This plugin is for automatic interlinking of blog articles. It automatically links your taxonomies (Tags and categories) and you can set your own rules for automatic interlinking. For example, you can set words like “Make money online” should link to any specific blog post, it will automatically interlink old and future posts containing word “Make money online” with your specific link.
Like this, you can have unlimited linking and especially for blogs with huge content, this plugin is a time-saver. The premium version of plugin offers caching feature, so that your blog doesn’t slow down. This is a paid plugin and cost about $149 but worth every penny of yours.
Here is a detailed review of SEO Smart link premium plugin.
This plugin is interesting as it adds Facebook style mentions to quickly add internal links in your blog post. This is a plug and play plugin to add internal links to your blog post. I just tested it and loved it instantly. By default this plugin suggest from posts only, you can configure it to show suggestions from your pages or other custom post type.
WordPress default search & interlink:
WordPress also offers default feature to let you quickly interlink your blog post. When ever you select and text and click on Hyperlink to add a link, you can search for your published post from there and link it directly with anchor text. This is a default feature of WordPress and it’s useful.
Conclusion: Which is best plugin for Blog posts interlinking?
Personally I use SEO smart link and Insights plugin for ShoutMeLoud. Mentionable is a new plugin and it sounds very promising, since ShoutMeLoud have more than 2.5K+ posts, I haven’d tried. For blogs with fewer posts, Mentionable could be a real life saver.
There are few more plugins that are available, but these are best 4 solutions which you can use for WordPress interlinking. Do let me know what strategy you are following for blog posts interlinking?
Don’t forget to share this guide with other bloggers, as it would help them to understand the importance of interlinking and how to do it.