Internal Linking Feature
WordPress 3.1 is due to arrive soon and of the new WordPress 3.1 features list in my opinion the most powerful new addition is a modification that makes internal linking (that is linking to other posts you wrote) a LOT easier!
It also makes finding the setting to open WordPress links in a new window less obtuse.
Now, the reason I didn’t write about it before (and you’re going to laugh at me!) is because I didn’t know where the feature was!
It turns out that there is currently a bug in the compatibility of TinyMCE Advanced plugin I use with WordPress 3.1 RC3.
This mean’s if you’re running TinyMCE Advanced at the moment and WordPress 3.1 RC3, that the link box looks the same as it did in 3.0 and that tutorials talking about this new feature seem rather odd! (Don’t worry, the author is currently working on getting it working.)
Anyways, disabling the plugin temporarily (they better fix that plugin, I use it a LOT) gives me access to this new feature in WP 3.1 and it’s SWEET!
Internal linking is a necessary and powerful step of making blog more “sticky”, decreasing bounce rate and improving SEO.
I covered a lot about reasons, ideas and options to interlink your blog posts in my “31 Days To Build A Better Blog” challenge posts.
Many people have turned to using one of two plugins, Insights or Zemanta, to improve their in-content interlinking.
Currently if you’re writing a blog post in WordPress and you remember that you wrote about a topic prior and decide to link to that post…. your journey looks something like this:
You first open a new tab, then you search your blog for the particular post. Then you have to copy the post’s title and URL into the link editor of the new post. This is a lot of steps for something we have to do regularly and because its so annoyingly tedious many bloggers erroneously skip it.
Now (well, as soon as 3.1 goes live), as long as you’re working in the visual editor (appears to not be being added to the html editor), when you click the link icon you’re new menu looks like this:
Now you can quickly do a search of your blog from within the link menu and find the post you need and have it automagically linked for you!
If you’re paying good attention to your blogs inter-linking needs this little tool is going to cut out DOZENS of steps and, depending on if and how you use either of the two prior mentioned plugins, possibly allow you to ditch another plugin… yay!
This is a really powerful new tool and will definitely help alleviate some of the more tedious steps in good blogging.
One thing worth noting is that currently its making absolute links (aka links that use the full URL including the domain name) rather than relative links…. which means in the future if you change domains, these links will need updated manually.
For me, the easy access to tools within the link menu that TinyMCE Advanced provides (such as easy access to make a link rel=”nofollow” for links that are questionable but need linked to) necessitates that I need to turn it back on for now… but this is one of those features I cant wait to get to use all the time!
If you’re just learning about interlinking be sure you check out my post on Interlinking Your Blog for other tips and plugins!
How are you keeping up with interlinking?
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