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This is the 9th episode of Digital Marketing 101 series. It is about 12 On Page SEO techniques.
I am presenting each of these techniques as individual blog posts. Today’s episodes is about the 6th of the 12 techniques. And I will discuss about Internal Linking.
What is Internal Linking? How to do Internal Linking effectively for SEO? Let’s discuss all these now.
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Digital Marketing 101 Series
- Episode 1 – Ultimate Guide to Digital Marketing: 9 Strategies That Work
- Episode 2 – Introduction to SEO
- Episode 3 – Keywords and Keyword Research
- Episode 4 – On Page SEO – Title Tag
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What is Internal Linking?
Internal Linking is when you link from one page on your website to another page on your website. That is on the same website.
You do this by replacing text on your posts with a link that directs visitors to a different page or post on your website. Here is what it looks like.
So, when a reader is interested to find out more, they can click on the link and visit that page.
Internal links to a page are like votes. They tell search bots that the destination page has valuable and relevant information that readers will appreciate. This also makes it easier for the search engines to crawl your website as well as understand it.
Internal links also enhance user experience, and reduce bounce rates. By pointing to another page within your website that has more valuable and relevant information, you are helping your readers.
It makes it easier for your visitors to explore your website. Also, as your readers continue to read more pages on your website, your bounce rates will be reduced.
How to do Internal Linking effectively for SEO?
Internal links are also known as hyperlinks. These point to pages on the same website. Now that you understand what they are, here are some tips on how to do Internal Linking effectively for SEO.
Use Keywords to Link
Have you seen web pages where the text eventually invites you to ‘Click here’? Where does the link go to? What will you get when you reach the destination of this link?
Just like now you have no idea where these words will take you to, it is the same for search engines. When search bots encounter these words, they too have no idea where the link for the words will go to.
Can you see why it is important to use keywords for your internal links?
And the best is to contextualize to the page you are linking to. For example, here are the words ‘make money’.
It tells the readers and search bots that this link will go to a page about making money. When a reader clicks on it or a search bot goes to that page, they will see an useful and helpful article about making money online.
Link to Important Pages
When you link to another page on your site, you send link authority to that page. This can help your page to rank better on search engines such as Google.
Take a look at your site architecture. Then you make a decision on which pages are important and you would like to rank on search engines. And then when you create more posts, look for opportunities in the content to link to those important pages.
Use Links Within Paragraphs
In the same image above, you can see the hyperlink is done within a paragraph. This is ideal. It is natural. And I always advise people to write naturally.
Google and other search engines love it when we write naturally. As opposed to writing in such a way that is forced or just to please a search engine’s ranking algorithm.
Vary Your Keywords
There may be occasions when you would like to hyperlink to the same page more than once. When that happens, it is best to avoid using the same anchor text.
This means using different words to link to that same page. Also, do not use the same anchor text for two different pages.
For example, I have two pages on this website that have roughly similar content. Here, I have two Wealthy Affiliate Review pages.
As you can see, the first image says that the review was done in 2017. The image, just above, says the review was done this year, in 2021.
And, when I have opportunities to link to each page on different occasions. It is best to not use the same anchor text for both links.
If I use the same anchor text, it will confuse Google and other search engines. They will see it as both pages having the same topic and same content.
As a result, they will only rank one of the pages. You lose out the possibility of ranking both pages.
You should use different anchor text to link to each of these pages. For example, for the older review in 2017, you can use the text ‘past review of Wealthy Affiliate’. And for the newer 2021 review, you can use the words ‘Wealthy Affiliate Review 2021’.
Add At Least One Internal Link High Up on Your Page
I understand that there can be many opportunities to add internal links all throughout your web page. Of course, don’t do that.
Sprinkle them along your entire article. And do it sparingly, as in do not stuff internal links all over your page.
And one important point – add at least 1 internal link high up on your page.
I usually do it within the first 3 paragraphs of text. This has been known to reduce bounce rates and increase dwell time. Both of which can be very good for your SEO.
Dofollow Your Internal Links
This may seem obvious, but it is always good to check and make sure that your internal links are with dofollow.
Sometimes, a bug, a new automatic setting or plugin may cause links to become nofollow. So, it is good to double check on this.
Don’t Link to the Same Page
This may also sound obvious but you will be surprised that many people do this. Never link back to the same article.
Remember – Internal Linking means linking to another page or post on your website
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