4. Deepen your SEO Knowledge Internal Linking Optimization

Learn how to optimize your Website’s internal links to maximize your internal pages’ crawlability and popularity to rank better, with these reliable guides, resources and tips. 

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Internal Links Optimization Tips

Learn how to optimize your Website internal links with tips from SEO specialists. 

"Write 'site: + yourdomain' and a business keyword. Ensure the first result is your desired URL for ranking it. Open the rest of the results and add an inlink to the first one with different and contextual anchors."
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"Use screaming frog custom search to find key terms across your site.
- Ensure they are linked to the corresponding page, if not its an easy win.
- If you are missing those key terms you have a content gap, also an easy win (sort of)."
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"Finding internal links based off relevance...! Go to GSC, filter by your keyword, and find the list of URLs that are showing impressions for this keyword.... those URLs are relevant to the keyword from Google standpoint. I'd prioritize linking to and from those URLs!"
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"When migrating a website do not forget about internal linking! It has a huge impact on how pages are performing. In the best case keep internal linking the same in the new situation, or at least maintain the page dept within your site. You can check this by doing a crawl on the current platform and the new platform and compare page dept. In this way you can ensure there are no unwanted changes that could have a negative effect."
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"The hierarchy of your website is an important factor for internal linking. Make sure that your most important pages, such as the homepage, the main categories, and the most important category pages, are linked to with many links. These pages should then in turn link to other, less important pages
Use breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs are a simple way to visualize the hierarchy of your website. They help visitors navigate and find the most important pages.
Use navigation bars and menus
Navigation bars and menus are also important elements for communicating the hierarchy of your website. Make sure they are clear and user-friendly.
Use internal links in your content
When you link to other pages on your website in your content, you should always do so in a meaningful and relevant way.
Use natural anchor text
Anchor text is the text that points to the linked page. Use natural anchor text that describes the content of the linked page. This will help improve the relevance of the links.
Avoid keyword stuffing
Update your links regularly
Check your links regularly and remove links to pages that are no longer available. This will help improve the quality of your links and improve website navigation for visitors."
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"My tip: For my initial investigation, I like to use Screaming Frog's inlinks metric to assess the internal linking strength of each page at scale. I typically like to filter the inlinks by the 'Content' of the page, thereby excluding links from the header and footer. You will often find that certain pages have too many or not enough internal links pointing to them.

You can even export the list of inlinks to Excel or Google Sheets to carry out more advanced segmentation and analysis (Bulk Exports> Links > All Inlinks)."
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"Remember that is not only about linking to your important, meant to be ranked internal pages from your main navigation hierarchically, cross-linking between related detail pages and categories/areas, but also about how you implement those links, using crawlable tags, with descriptive terms as anchor texts, without over-relying (created or changed) on CSR JS and found in the raw HTML."
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"Internal link tips:

Ensure all internal links are consistent when it comes to https/non https, www/non www, trailing slash.

AIM for mainstream anchor text consistent between pages, avoid too much anchor dilution.

Longer anchors between pages from blogs/articles can provide a better descriptor for end users and Google - title based anchors also work well (excl brand/special characters)

Avoid sharing the same or very similar anchors between different URLs where there is some or lots of content cross over as this can encourage cannibalisation."
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"Keep your internal links relevant and not forced, with natural anchor texts that explain where the user is going. None of this ‘read more’, ‘view here’, ‘this page’ etc. Run crawls of your site and identify pages that have minimal inlinks or pages that are not performing as well as others to identify opportunities. Utilise your product pages to internally link back to core categories and sub cats on eComm sites. Use the blog to link through to relevant categories / subcats / products on eComm (or service pages on lead gen/SaaS). Don’t forget to use your home page! Your home page is the most important page on the site. If people can’t find your most important pages from your HP you’re doing something wrong. This is a great internal linking opp too as the HP typically holds more authority."
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"If you are serving multiple markets and languages with your domain, make good use of features to link between them, such as language/country selectors. And wherever you can, it can help to make their anchor texts specific, even if it was just {brand} {target country}."
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"To optimize your site’s internal linking, I recommend starting with the Google Search Console link report. This report is an excellent tool for identifying pages with a low number of internal links. Use it to pinpoint important pages and determine the number of links you can drive to them from relevant content. For your most important pages, I suggest aiming for 8 to 10 internal links pointing to them. This strategy can help signal their importance to search engines and improve their discoverability. Pay special attention to the anchor text. Ensure it’s varied and avoids generic phrases like 'click here', 'read more', or other non-descriptive terms. Also, be cautious not to overuse exact-match keywords as anchor text. It should integrate seamlessly and naturally within the context of your content."
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"Review and update website internal links quarterly, to enhance link equity and organic performance, focusing on new and key business pages that are ranking on the second page of search results. It will help to spread link equity on strategic pages and to improve results."
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"Pay attention to the main navigation (aka menu) links. Don't create in once and then forget it. Instead, analyze the trends and seasonalities of your traffic, and update the links in the menu so to boost. The correct pages at the right moment. For instance, a flower website should start having a link to the "Valentine's Day Gifts/Flowers" now or very soon, because February 14 is getting closer. A tool like http://keytrends.ai can help you in detecting the seasonal trends."
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* Ensure internal links are contextually relevant to the content they’re in
* Utilise descriptive anchor text (avoid generic terms!)
* Prioritise them to your key pages i.e. product pages
* Regularly review and update your links - consistency is key to good functionality!
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Internal Links Optimization FAQs
What are internal links?

Internal links are links that connect one page to another within the same website. They are crucial for SEO as they help in establishing site architecture and spreading link popularity throughout the site. Internal links help navigate users and search engine crawlers through the website, thus improving user experience and pages crawlability.

Why are Internal Links Important for SEO?

Internal links are fundamental in SEO because they help navigation and user experience, page authority distribution and pages crawlability. 

How many Internal links should a page have?

The number of internal links pointing to a page should depend on its relative importance within the site in the present and future to attract organic search rankings and traffic, as well as to support users through the search journey towards conversion. 

What are the characteristics of a well optimized internal link?

Well optimized internal links:

* Should be implemented with crawlable <a href> tags 
* Should be relevant, connecting to content that is directly relevant to the context of the source page. 
* Feature clear and descriptive anchor text, relevant to the linked page. 
* Should be integrated naturally within the site content and navigation, to help users browse the site. 
* Should point consistently to the indexable URL of the meant to be indexed and ranked page, rather than redirected, or canonicalized URL versions. 

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